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How can this be?
I guess it comes down to what you want to do. I mean, you can keep voting on writeups just to gain XPs but why are you doing it? What is the importance of gaining XP if you're not learning anything?
I, too, am a newbie when it comes to Perl, and I like the perlmonks site a lot. I feel like I learn things here in a fun way, and I feel like the XP system is a sort of incentive to not take too many days off from learning perl.
I guess I feel like my XP and level (both low), do reflect my Perl proficiency and effort on the site, but I wonder why you want the XPs so badly...