in reply to Am I an 'Other' or not?

I have occasionally idly wondered myself what the algorithm is for the Other Users list is and for that matter how PM decides when you last visit here was.

Case in point was one time I used up all my votes and for three days I didn't get replenishment. When I asked the gods why I was told that the Vote Fairy doesn't like folks that don't visit often enough.

I found that to be a fairly curious answer given that I had not only voted on nodes, but had posted replies as well.

I do, however, know that if you speak in the CB or hit the decloak button your last visit marker will get updated.

Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

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Re^2: Am I an 'Other' or not?
by GrandFather (Sage) on May 22, 2007 at 18:44 UTC

    Skulking around in an invisibility cloak doesn't get you noticed by the vote fairy, even if you do stuff like tweaking peoples noses or creating and answering nodes. To get noticed you have to make yourself heard and seen by either removing your cloak or by speaking up in the CB.

    The vote fairy considers it would be too much work to check each of the 41,312 registered monks every night to see if they need their votes topped up, so he only visits the five hundred or so monks who have been seen around the monastery during the previous day.

    For more PM stats see the PerlMonks Statistical Page.

    Update: corrected stats and added link.

    DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel
Re^2: Am I an 'Other' or not?
by bobf (Monsignor) on May 23, 2007 at 01:53 UTC

    Quoth tye,

    If one pretends not to be here, then the vote fairy thinks there is no way one could have used up one's votes and one doesn't get new votes.

    GrandFather reiterated tye's response later in that thread.