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Help me understand...
I agree completely with BlaisePascal's criteria. In general,
I vote something up if I find it interesting, informative or
insightful. This means that even non-perl-related discussion
will get ++ from me if I think I learned something from it.
I also rarely vote --, and only when the post is completely
irrelevant, gratuitously agressive, or very badly formulated.
This means that a Perl question may get voted down, because it's
phrased like "I don't know what the problem is -please help me"
followed by 300 lines of code. Extra bad if the code is not
enclosed in CODE tags.
As to "this community's ideals", I would say that the answer
is in the word "community". We came here because of Perl,
but we are all individuals with different experiences, opinions
and interests, not all of them Perl-related. You learn as much
in just chatting with other people as in reading deep technical
posts. So IMHO, it's OK to get off-topic or philosophical
every once in a while if it helps in fostering our spirit of