I disagree with you, and I disagree with you for one
huge reason. I disagree on what "harm" means.
To me the posting levels are a fun joke. They mean
nothing. Yeah, my rating is higher today than it was
yesterday. At the current rate it will take 2-3 days
to rise as much as it had been rising in one day. I
really don't care. I wouldn't mind if it was driven
down as fast as it ever rose.
To me harm is measured in people not present and technical
contributions not made. I am telling you flat out that
btrott was far from the first or only person to tell
me that harm by my definition has
happened. From the start of my publically commenting on
this I have consistently said several things:
- If I believed that I was the only person this had
happened to, I would not comment. Really.
- Don't vote for me across the board. I would find
this a ridiculous thing to say were it not that people
have been telling me that they have done just that.
Votes should not be a popularity contest about people,
they should single out good content. Right now an
archive is being built up, and the reputation of posts
is laying down a record that will undoubtably be useful
some day. Don't pollute that record.
- If I bother you, feel free to talk to me. Perhaps
after chatting with me in person you will change your
impression. Perhaps I will learn a lesson.
For the record there have been some people I chat privately
with a lot and this topic never comes up. Others have
approached me. But it was not until I
had been convinced that there was a problem that I began
talking about it in public. Even then I don't bring it
up in private.
Incidentally I downvoted your post simply
because I think I have made my opinion on what I consider
"damage" to be so clear that it is simply ridiculous for
you to have avoided that issue. Having competent posters
stop posting for extended periods because of perceived BS
is harm. Having someone's rating go up and down like a
yo-yo because of a joke most emphatically does not.
FYI the specific technical
topic that I mentioned is one I have an opinion on, and
is something that I intend to post. That
I may not do that for some time qualifies as specific harm
in my books. (My kind of harm, not yours.)