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RE: X-treme P-ondering

by clemburg (Curate)
on Nov 13, 2000 at 23:40 UTC ( #41396=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to X-treme P-ondering

One thing I noticed is that the place where the node happens to be posted has a very big influence on the number of XP points it gets, probably mediated by the number of people who look at the given node. Or, more pointedly, the visibility of a node has sometimes a higher influence on its final XP points than its content.

E.g., nodes far down in the thread hierarchy tend to get less votes, which is unfortunate since they sometimes contain summaries of the thread. OTOH, nodes posted on the Monastery Gates tend to get more votes, probably since they are much more visible.

Also, the chances of a node gaining or losing XP points decrease sharply one or two days after it has been posted (since nobody will look at it anymore - probably because everyone navigates by the "Newest Node" page).

Altogether, this unfortunately means that it is of higher value (at least in terms of XP points) to engage in a lively, but maybe not quite so clueful discussion, than to write a review or answer a categorized question, which probably have a much higher long-lasting value. Maybe one should counteract this tendency by giving more points to nodes in summary/overview areas.

All this said, I understand that regulating the XP system is a big problem anyway - it is a complicated social process that is being measured here, and there is little chance in "getting it right" anyway.

Christian Lemburg
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Comment on RE: X-treme P-ondering
Re: RE: X-treme P-ondering
by premchai21 (Curate) on Mar 10, 2001 at 00:00 UTC
    > (since nobody will look at it anymore - probably because everyone navigates by the "Newest Node" page).

    Actually, I navigate randomly... <g>

(dws)Re: RE: X-treme P-ondering
by dws (Chancellor) on Mar 10, 2001 at 00:17 UTC
    XP is a feedback system, and it may be fun, and it well in practice "reward" those who post early, but so what?
    XP != Reputation
    I like to be believe that anyone who sticks around here for a while will come to know and respect others by the value that others' posts add, not the number of points that have accrued. It's not XP that's going to get you invited to join a project, co-author an article, or get together for a beer with someone when they're in town.

    Besides, anyone who is seriousy in it for the XP can figure out ways to rig the system (like keeping a private collection of identities that can all be used to cast votes). Is it worth the effort to try to stop that?

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