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Re: Dingbats in node titles: What's your opinion

by zengargoyle (Deacon)
on Feb 28, 2002 at 00:22 UTC ( #148097=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Dingbats in node titles: What's your opinion

Gutei raised his finger whenever he was asked a question about Perl. A boy attendant began to imitate him in this way. When anyone asked the boy what his master had preached about, the boy would raise his finger.

Gutei heard about the boy's mischief. He seized him and cut off his finger. The boy cried and ran away. Gutei called and stopped him. When the boy turned his head to Gutei, Gutei raised up his own finger. In that instant the boy was enlightened.

When Gutei was about to pass from this world he gathered his monks around him. `I attained my finger-Perl,' he said, `from my teacher Tenryu, and in my whole life I could not exhaust it.' Then he passed away.

Mumon's comment: Enlightenment, which Gutei and the boy attained, has nothing to do with a finger. If anyone clings to a finger, Tenyru will be so disappointed that he will annihilate Gutei, the boy and the clinger all together. source

zengargoyle's comment: initiate's have the ability to be /msg'd when their post has been commented on without flashing their finger. The saint's have their reasons.

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Re: Re: Dingbats in node titles: What's your opinion
by japhy (Canon) on Feb 28, 2002 at 00:31 UTC
    I'm afraid I'm not zennish enough to discern the meaning of your story. Could you explain it to the unenlightened? Perhaps the ambiguous "raised up his own finger" is throwing me...

    Jeff[japhy]Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker, who'd like a (from-home) job
    s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

      The master raises his finger for a purpose, it's a tool he has to accomplish something. I'm assuming those who put tags in their titles have a purpose for doing so. Maybe Super Search doesn't fulfil their needs. I'm not privy to their reasons.

      The boy raised his finger in mere immitation, without purpose. So... the master chops it off. The boy goes "What the ****! Why'd you chop off my finger?" The master raises his own finger just like he always does and the boy is enlightened, that's the purpose of the master's finger, enlightenment.

      Does putting your name/tag/whatever in the Title serve a purpose? If it does I'm fine with it, if it doesn't it gets on my nerves. Especially funky dingbats. I would dislike going to Newest Nodes and seeing some funky high-bit/unicode trash in every title. Like when boy raised his finger.


        After reading the many thoughtfull replies to this thread, I don't think anybody was using the 'ego-tattoo' for the only decent reason I could come up with for using one...

        I noticed mostly saintish types using it, knew that a lot of them wrote a lot of books and such, and figured it was a good way to track the whole conversation between them and whomever so they could find them later and use them as inspiration for the next book.

        I just figured that you could search for your own articles, or somebody elses, or for title, but not for the articles that were responses to things you had written. So, put your name in the title (for it's uniqueness, not ego) and you can search on that.

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