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I just cast my very last -- ever and I spent it on this node.
Obviously I'm just as in the minority now as when I complained about the added XP levels...
IMHO this is a mistake, just as that was.
The XP 'game' we play here is taken entirely too seriously by half and needs to be played DOWN, not played UP.
I am forced to ask the question : was the problem that we are attempting to solve so big as to warrant messing with the status quo? And WHAT pray-tell is that problem exactly?
It sounds to me like the problem is "personality-voting".
So is it worth it to call out the Thought Police in order to make that go away?
I signed in this morning & got a new notice saying I had x# of down-votes left - with a link explaining this new sarcasm. Apparently this is an elbow to the ribs letting me know that I've been identified as a negative-nancy and that if I dont start a-changin' my ways to the New Way then I'm going to be punished.
So much for my votes being my own to do with as I please.
So no more --'s from me for now on.
No more --'s nor responses to Trolls - All Will Be Considered.
No more --'s from me for rudely phrased knee-jerk reaction nodes to n00bs trying to learn the language that say "RTFM", or "Learn how to phrase a question" or "Use Super Search" - or anything else that maybe should have been said in the CB instead of writing a repetitive elitist node. No - these are always popular - usually more popular that someone trying to (God-forbid) Learn Perl. Therefore my cutting against the popular grain in this way is now deemed as "disruptive to our community".
The active pronoun there being "our".
This was a meritocracy. Now Power is being consolidated in who & what was considered popular - with no voice for derision without overt punishment.
The message you have sent with this is that negative votes are meaningless and risky behavior, so don't use them anymore.
I liked it better when there was an end in sight for the XP game. Everyone used to top off as a Saint right about the time when you shouldn't need the pecking order anymore. Now it is arguably the primary motivation here - rather than Perl itself.
If it ain't broke don't fix it. You need to divorce your motivations from your results. Perlmonks wasn't broken. Now it is. If you keep making these changes in order to deal with increasingly unimportant 'social-issues' that have nothing to do with anything but a popularity contest - you will find yourself on a slippery slope leading down to a totally inwardly facing cabal of sycophants.
It's a shame. This site has been a useful Seat of Learning for so long. I would hate to see it ruined by artificially induced politics.
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