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(Kidding) XP-whoring HOW-TOby larsen (Parson)
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The neologysm XPwhore is used more and more often, together with its relatives. Someone, suffering by persecution mania or, more probably, by sense of guilt, organize polls to know if he's actually a XPwhore.
Once you came to a deal with your XPwhore nature, it's better to do things with a method. Scientific, I mean. I propose some principles, observations and rules to plan your XPwhoring activity. I'd be glad to receive comments by other whores :)
Be logorroicIf your posts are not so bad they deserve downvotes, many posts, even with few votes, assure a great number of points. And it's a matter of facts that one must be able to write a node that deserve a lot of points.
Be smartBe pleasant and enjoyable. A well placed comment is a good way to dissimulate you can't write programs in Perl. Or a good way to proof you're great but lazy programmers: virtuous indeed.
AdvertisingYou know, advertising is commerce. Be disgustingly autoreferential. When you write, try to put things in such a way that it will be easy to point to your nodes, or, at least, to other threads that contain your pleasant and enjoyable comments.
Home sweet homeOf course, your homenode is the best place where you can conduct your campaign. Update it, put here your best nodes and hope.
To be a bot or not?It follows that the monks whose homenode is visited more often has more probabilities to receive points. Your nickname should be very visible. Spend a lot of time in the chatterbox.
Revenge of the friarWhen you reach a sufficient level, use the moderation system for your plans. Put in the frontpage everything you write.
SociologyTry to write pleasant and enjoyable posts on XPwhoring: someone will get confused, he won't think you're actually a xpwhore and...
It must be a camelAmong other tecniques, this is surely more insidious and subtle. Learn Perl. You will be able to answer those obscure Perl-related questions, reaching higher levels of XPwhoring.