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(ichimunki) Re: Ruminations

by ichimunki (Priest)
on Oct 15, 2001 at 20:46 UTC ( #118933=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Ruminations of an ex-PM monk

The quality of PerlMonks is going downhill! Look at some of the newbies we've been getting. gbarr and TheDamian come to mind. What's with those know-it-alls? One of them even claims to have some scoop on Perl 6. The nerve! {ed note: this is sarcasm. ichimunki is quite glad these guys are taking part.}

What is with the bagging on Slashdot? Slashdot may need a spelling lesson, may be home to a lot of geeky teens and college kids, and may not know how to properly post a PGP-signed message, but Slashdot provides something that other places can only dream of-- namely the active participation of a lot of hardcore geeks in a wide range of topics. Admittedly, some of them are talking out of their, um, posteriors. But dang, it's a concentration of good info, even on a bad day. And if that gets boring, switch to -1 and have a laugh.

Complaining about signal-to-noise on the internet is a lost cause. The voting system on PM is subject to the same signal-to-noise issues as anywhere else on the net. If I thought it was broken, I'd recommend a fix. And if everyone insists it IS broken, here's the fixes I recommend: implement a posted nodes requirement before you can vote, something like 5 nodes with positive rep before getting a single vote-- and similarly up the level chain (if you have three posts to your name, why should you get 35 votes a day?); no more experience from voting; and, no voting on Meditations or Discussions.


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Re: (ichimunki) Re: Ruminations
by earthboundmisfit (Chaplain) on Oct 15, 2001 at 22:19 UTC
    Complaining about signal-to-noise on the internet is a lost cause.
    I agree. When a virtual community is small, it's easy to maintain a low ratio. But once a critical mass is reached, it sort of eats itself. I got my start in IT developing virtual classrooms for higher education. It started out small and worked exceptionally well. But then someone came up with the bright idea of extending to multiple universities with many, many professors getting involved. It soon became a horrid morass of runaway egos....

    BTW, WTF is WDF?
    World Domination Fund

    update: One of the things we found in the virtual classroom is that FTF meetings went a long way in smoothing over some of the bumps and inefficiencies of asynchronous discourse. It also kept people from wanting to strangle each other. I would encourage more monks to meet other monks. suaveant and I fished together earlier this year and I understand his online persona ten times better than I did before (and we caught fish too :)

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