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neshura said:
I follow certain guidelines on voting, I don't know if anyone else does. Mine are (1) I vote if I understand enough to solidly agree or disagree, or (2) I don't vote.

I wholeheartedly agree on voting guidelines. Here are mine:

  1. Is this post helpful to the Perl Monks community?
    • if ($Post == $Question){
        'Is it a thoughtful question? Well-presented? Does it give a chance to show off some cool feature of Perl?'
      }
    • if ($Post == $AnswerToQuestion){
        'Was it helpful to all users?';
        'Was it cool and/or simple to understand?';   'Does it point to a useful module on CPAN?';
      }
    • if ($Post == $Suggestion){
        'Do I like it and want to show support for the idea?';
        'Is it well-reasoned and appreciatively requested?';
      }
    • if ($Post == $RunningThread or $Post == $SemiFlameWar){
        'Does this post address a useful programming issue ("Will at least some users benefit from this discussion (even if it is a bit heated)?")';
        # Arguments are not bad, if they address a meaningful topic
      }
    • if ($Post =~ /Clever | Witty | Entertaining/) { $Vote++ }
  2. Is this post helpful to a specific member of the Perl Monks community?
    • A thoughtful answer to a question (reasonably correct), especially if it makes a serious attempt to be idiomatic.
    • Corrected code in the post (supplying working code as part of the answer to a problem)
  3. Did this post require a considerable amount of effort?
    • Benchmarking to compare two approaches
    • Long, thoughtful/thought-provoking
    • Analysis of/rewriting a large piece of code
    • Anything obviously time-consuming

Negative votes are rare from me, and only if the poster:

  • Was unjustifiably hostile or negative
  • Misrepresents someone's position, just to make him/her look bad
  • Is excessively arrogant (we are all somewhat arrogant, or we wouldn't deign to post code here at all ;-)

I've only been hanging around here for a couple weeks, but it feels like home, because of the quality and community we foster. Voting allows us to reward those who provide useful, meaningful content. I try to use my votes to reward those who make Perl Monks into a quality place of help and learning.

Russ


In reply to RE:(2) Votes...(personal guidelines) by Russ
in thread Votes & Reputation by Kozz

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