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Pummeling Monks for Misconceptions?
For some, being told that they are wrong is the worst punishment in the world. Being told your answer is wrong, and then being compounded by a downvote doesn't seem like the correct solution to solve the problem, to me.
If I was in this situation, and my node appeared on the Worst Nodes list because I was wrong, I would still continue to post. The purpose of answering a question, for me, isn't to show off that I know how to do something, it's only to try and help someone out. If I've done that, then I've done my job. If I post 10 wrong answers to something, and one correct answer, then I've helped someone, at least one person. I also don't think that the wrong answers would steer someone down the wrong path, purely because someone else will come along and say "hey, you're wrong, here's what you should do". I'm not trying to say that people should try to post wrong answers, I doubt that anyone would want to do that, unless they were evil...but that's another story. On the positive side, if I was to post a wrong answer, that I thought was right, and someone corrected me, not only would that be helpful to the person who asked the original question, but it would also help me to fix my own mistakes, and I would learn something new.
What should be done with snafu's node? I think that he should be told that he was wrong, but I personally wouldn't downvote the node, it does serve some future benefit if someone is having a similar problem. Plus I don't think that a downvote helps snafu to learn, just a simple "hey, you're wrong, here's why..." will help him learn.
If my node got a bad rep, well, I'd be a little sad, maybe even angry, but I wouldn't let that stop me from trying to help someone else out in the future.
I'm sure Edison turned himself a lot of colors before he invented the lightbulb. - H.S.invented the lightbulb. - H.S.