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Re: Learning how to answer

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Sep 11, 2002 at 05:19 UTC ( #196868=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Learning how to answer

Complex answers, no matter how useful, generally seem to attract few votes. Simpler replies take less effort and less skill to understand and will likely get more votes.

In general, the relation seems to be:

Negative rep:
You did something wrong.

Rep around 0:
Usually a "nothing special" note. Occasionally, Warnock's dilemma applies.

Low to medium positive rep:
You didn't do anything wrong. No other useful information here.

High rep:
Good work.

Where "low to medium positive" tends to be the range from 5 to about 25. Negative rep is -3 or less. But these are no absolutes either.

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re: Re: Learning how to answer
by greenFox (Vicar) on Sep 11, 2002 at 07:22 UTC

    I must have been living under a rock because I hadn't heard of "Warnock's dilemma" :) A quick google search later and I discovered not only the nature of the dilemma- what does it mean when no-one responds to your post, but also that the "Warnock" in question is a Perl hacker! I think this is the post from where the phenomenom was named.

    Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is. -Margaret Mitchell

Re: Re: Learning how to answer
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Sep 11, 2002 at 09:10 UTC
    There is another factor which greatly affects the rep score of a node.

    Has the root node been frontpaged?

    Once a node reaches the Monastery Gates, the score gets greatly increased. This also has the same effect on the replies to the root node. The distribution of 'High rep' becomes skewed by dint of its mere presence on the front page - just because it's high rep does not necessarily imply good work.

    For those who don't know, frontpaging is something that any friar or above can do, if they think that a node is of sufficient quality or interest. Also note: you cannot frontpage your own nodes.

      Worth noting here is that the power to approve as well as frontpage your own nodes has only been removed recently.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

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