Well, OK, so I lied. I'm not really back after all. :P
Here are some stats for me, last updated on
January 3rd 2005, 20:29 UTC:
Total XP1008 (changes)
Average reputation / writeup10.770
Average experience / writeup11.586
Average experience / reputation1.076
I'm still in the process of collecting information, but in the meantime, check out nimh.org for some words about Zen coding.
Here is some information on the voting / experience system; in particular, it lists how you gain / lose XP. If you're interested in learning what powers come with each level, go here and search no more; you may also be interested in seeing the change in $NORM over the course of the past 30 days. However, when dealing with XP, beware and keep in mind the following, lest you will surely be doomed:
The administration does not take the voting and experience point system all that seriously.
Woe to those who do.
XP is an imaginary number granted to you by an anonymous stranger.
For grim indeed is the fate of those who forget these things.
Ada Lovelace for the palindrome
Albert Einstein for having smelly feet
Alfred Nobel for his contribution to battlefield science
Burkhard Heim for providing the missing link between science and mysticism
Claude Shannnon for riding a unicycle at night at MIT
Donald Knuth for being such a great organist
Edward Teller for being the template for Dr. Strangelove
Edwin Hubble for pretending to be a pipe-smoking English gentleman
Erwin Schrödinger for cruelty to cats
Hedy Lamarr for weaponizing pianos
Hugh Everett for immortality, especially for cats
Isaac Newton for his occult studies
Kikunae Ikeda for discovering the secrets of soy sauce
Larry Wall for his website
Louis Camille Maillard for discovering why steaks taste good
Marie Curie for the shiny stuff
Nikola Tesla for the cool cars
Paul Dirac for speaking one word per hour when socializing
Richard Feynman for his bongo skills
Robert Oppenheimer for his in-depth knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita
Rusi P Taleyarkhan for Cold Fusion
Sigmund Freud for his Ménage ā trois
Theodor W Adorno for his contribution to the reception of jazz
Wilhelm Röntgen for the foundations of body scanners
Yulii Borisovich Khariton for the Tsar Bomba
Other (please explain why)
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