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It's not about down votes
Its not just about the latest posts. PerlMonks has a decade or more of archived posts. If I have Perl problems, I'll search PerlMonks for a solution. I often just search for parts of Perl world that I like to read about for fun, then vote on those ancient nodes. I like to use my votes on a balance of newest posts, and ancient history. Worst Nodes is also entertaining to read and vote on. I guess some people swarm the Worst Nodes and downvote bomb everything in the list. I disagree with that practice and sometimes upvote the nodes.
I've noticed there is a pattern on how to make sure you dont get more than 3 on your node. More than 36 hours since the OP node, or more than 36 hours since the last response. A response to a response. A response to the OP node that doesn't appear on the first or 2nd screenful of replys to the OP node. The node rep distribution generally seems to be a hockey stick, where X is time. If my post is the first response to a OP node, or is the OP node, I seem to get 3-10x multiplier point bonus applied to my average node rep. With this information, I just published a guide to XP whoring. Again these observations are on my own nodes with my writing style. YMMV. Does anyone have completing models or different observations of node reps distribution?
For example, like seeing all their old nodes growing every day or going days without posting or voting on anything and getting more XP that can be attributed to the login bonus or you loose a half a dozen XP a day every day and there seems to a bot going through your node history systematically?