|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Unwritten rules variably applied.by BrowserUk (Pope)
|on Aug 10, 2004 at 02:51 UTC||Need Help??|
At this node, I posted a follow up to previous discussion, but as soon as I hit the button, I realised the flaw in my argument and immediately deleted the content and marked the post for deletion (by changing the title to "Please delete (I saw the flaw on my argument)", and considering the node.
Given network/server time, I doubt that the post existed for more than 20 or 30 seconds.
I came back several hours late and discovered that I have apparently forgotten to click the button (or clicked the wrong button), and the consideration had not taken.
Instead, it had been considered (with the trite consideration that it still bears). I later ask demerphq why it had still not been deleted, and his reply was "Some people don't like it when authors blank their nodes".
So, I did a little research and discovered that it is perfectly acceptable to blank ones node, or request that ones mistakes be deleted--depending upon who you are!
Now some of these will no doubt be "explained" as browser errors and the like, (though I've made every effort to exclude any such), but some definitely cannot be so explained.
So, if there are rules, how about having them written down somewhere and applying them even-handily, with equal emphasis applied to their correct application by those weilding the power, as to correct adherance by the rest of us mere mortals.