in reply to
Higher than a saint
Probably not a bad idea, as it would generate a lot of nice code around the monastery, but I think I might see a couple potential problems.
A lot of people work for companies that seriously restrict how much their employees are able to show/talk about outside of the workplace. Often, some of the best mods people create are designed for a project they work on at their job. Forcing monks to display some sort of special post might seriously hinder these people as they'd have to take extra time (away from their normal work) to generate a special post to be deemed a saint.
Frankly, I think people often associate someone's XP level with their knowledge of Perl. Granted, I'm sure merlyn who, at the time of this post, has 13525 XP, knows a little something about Perl. However, I believe that someone's XP value really displays a combintaion of two things (possibly more) about a monk: 1. their knowledge of Perl and 2. their willingness to contribute to Perlmonks. After all, you can really contribute a lot to Perlmonks without knowing a whole lot about Perl.
- Write book reviews
- Answer a lot of the "newbie" questions to keep them out of the other saints' hair
- Post good meditations or discussions
- Write tutorials on various mods/techniques
The list of things someone can do without knowing a whole lot about Perl really goes on an awfully long way. I'm sure others can come up with lots more ways they contributed to Perlmonks before they really knew a lot about Perl.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is the fact that someone that's a Saint doesn't necessarily know more about Perl than someone who's not (although that's probably a common and likely assumption). Therefore, I don't really think people should have to contribute something extra to Perlmonks to become a Saint, in order to get to that point, they've already had to contribute an awful lot.
There's my two cents, anyway.
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