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Re: -ve XP, node reputation, voting and learning

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Oct 14, 2002 at 13:58 UTC ( [id://205074]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: -ve XP, node reputation, voting and learning
in thread -ve XP, node reputation, voting and learning

However, when you disagree with someone, do you just tell them you differ and leave it at that?
It depends, but that doesn't have much to do with this discussion. I at least generally don't downvote a note because I disagree with someone. Typical downvote reasons (for me) are:
  • It's a non-Perl question - many web questions are non-Perl questions, even if a program written in Perl is involved.
  • The question is too poorly phrased. It requires too much guessing what the problem is. This includes too much bad grammar, too many typos, and bad specification of the problem(s).
  • The post is just wrong. (Probably the majority of my down votes fall in this category). This sometimes causes me to downvote every single post in a thread.
  • People not reading what they are replying to careful enough, and coming up with code that doesn't meet the requirements given.
  • People asking FAQs or trivial things that could have been found easily in the manual.
But most of the time, I don't bother voting. I often have at the end of the day still the same amount of votes left I had at the beginning.

I also know the arguments why others don't downvote for the reasons I do. You don't have to repeat them - but posts that fall in one or more of the categories mentioned above decrease the value I get from perlmonks. Hence, they are getting my downvotes. And I'm not advocating anyone else should use the same voting guidelines.


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