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Re: Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most?

by edan (Curate)
on Dec 23, 2004 at 15:00 UTC ( #417106=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most?

First, how does upvoting "punish" or "remove" anything from Perl Monks? Only downvoting does this, IMHO.

Next, you seem to be saying that an answer that consists of a link or pointer to RTFM (perldoc/perlfaq) is somehow lacking in informational value. Why do you think this? If the answer to the question can be found there, that's where the poster should be looking, and they should be told so.

Do you have some examples of posts that you think exhibit the problems you mention here? Please, link them in, so we can see too.

Update: I went back to read your recent thread Ansi Perl, and I assume that your complaints here are about replies that you received there. I don't see why you have a problem with people upvoting replies that you don't happen to agree with - obviously it means that other people do happen to agree with them. How does this reflect on their "informational value" one way or the other?

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Comment on Re: Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most?
Re^2: Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most? (front paged)
by bmann (Priest) on Dec 23, 2004 at 17:15 UTC
    If Ansi Perl is the thread the OP has the problem with, it was front-paged. From what I've seen, front-paged nodes and their children gain points out of all proportion to their actual value.

Re^2: Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most?
by Eyck (Priest) on Dec 23, 2004 at 17:49 UTC
    ANSI Perl is just one example, I saw this in many other nodes,

    This is of course very visible in one's own nodes, because then I understand the question best, researched the subject a bit, and know when the answer I got is sincere and informational, or when it's just regurgitated shibboleth formatted nicely and upvoted like crazy.

    As to 'punish' thing - it's easy to notice that nodes usually do get upvoted, thus neutral value for node is a bit closer to +5. Anything lower is 'punishment' in XP system.

    Next, when it comes to links, it's OK, I've got nothing against that. In fact, often it's exactly what someone was looking for. What I'm strongly against is re-writing some popular knowledge as an answer.

      Eyck wrote: What I'm strongly against is re-writing some popular knowledge as an answer.

      1. your "popular knowledge" may well be my blind spot.

      2. re-writing may well provide an instance of a good answer to the request "Please rephrase, so I can be sure I understand your meaning?"

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