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by muzakfetch (Scribe)
on May 19, 2001 at 00:16 UTC ( #81610=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

This is a tiny rant, and one that is sure to attract a down vote or two.

I was working with someone on a JAPH. Which apparently my particular compile of Perl didnt like. He asked me, "What version of Perl are you using?" To which I responded "5.6.0-PPC". This response recieved a downvote.

Now normally I do not complain, but this kind of behavior will discourage harmony and the true spirit of working together. Lets all try to help newbies, (especially me :-) ) get a grasp on perl and not downvote simple responses to someone elses question.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Brother Tyler aka muzakfetch

Comment on Votes
(bbfu) (tiny nodes) Re: Votes
by bbfu (Curate) on May 19, 2001 at 02:09 UTC

    Well, it's just my impression but I think that for such a small reply, a /msg would've been more appropriate. I don't think that it's really necessary to take up an entire node for something as small as that. You probably should've included the version of Perl you were running in the orignal reply when you reported the bug.

    I think that both the question ("What version of Perl...") and your reply would've been better off as private /msg's, perhaps with a reply noting the version of Perl that had the problem and why the problem was, after it'd all been figured out.

    Then again, I don't really think it was a big enough deal to warrant a -- either... But I guess someone did. :-(

    Just my thoughts. HTH.

    Seasons don't fear The Reaper.
    Nor do the wind, the sun, and the rain.
    We can be like they are.

Re: Votes
by footpad (Monsignor) on May 19, 2001 at 02:30 UTC

    I think bbfu's on the right track, but imagine that updating the node in question would have been more appropriate, since it's not an un-editable root node. Some monks feel that to more appropriate when providing additional detail than posting new nodes that do not add much to the conversation.

    FWIW, there are similar notes, ideas, and links on turnstep's home node.

    Downvotes happen; learn from them and move on. Maybe someone was just being cranky; it's been known to happen from time to time.


      thanks bbfu and footpad Like I said in the CB earlier, I feel much better about all of this. Now that I have ranted and whined :-)

      Brother Tyler aka muzakfetch
Re: Votes
by petral (Curate) on May 22, 2001 at 00:57 UTC
    No real need to continue this three days later, so downvote me -- but
    I completely disagree, the version is exactly the kind of technical information there should be more of (in cases like this where inconsistencies between versions are what is being discussed) . Of course, since it remained unresolved, it kinda doesn't matter.


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