|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Possiblity of determining one's own 'level'by jonnyfolk (Vicar)
|on May 12, 2003 at 14:03 UTC||Need Help??|
I think the following idea could add a little 'je ne sais quoi' to the site, if it were implemented.
Now a lot of guys are going to go up through the levels of PM pretty rapidly and because of heavy programming backgrounds are going to look and feel the part in the giddy levels they are likely to attain. However I'm surely not alone of all the monks that I don't have a programming background - I discovered Perl through web related issues - and from a confused and frightened start I am now able to look at a number scripts and understand what is going on (though I still see many that are pretty scary!!). So I would dub myself as a perl hobbyist rather than professional.
The other part of the idea is that in our user settings, for example, we have the opportunity if we wish to select a level for ourselves that we wish to maintain. This would be completely voluntary and would only allow those with adequate XP points to override the system to keep their level down, not for those to choose a higher level without earning the XP points. So in my case I could go into the self-assessment area armed with my 900 odd XP points, and decide that my knowledge level is that of a friar (well, okay, monk), go to my user settings and select monk. I would continue to earn XP in the usual way but my user setting would overide that XP and I would remain at level 'monk' until I chose to change it, or use the default setting which is the current status quo.
I humbly share this idea with my fellow monks in the knowledge that I would find it useful and worthwhile were it implemented, and hope that all who read this shall look kindly upon it!
And in the meantime please look kindly upon my responses in PM, for my currently knowledge currently trails my XP by several degrees!! :)