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RE: How about

by davorg (Chancellor)
on Aug 02, 2000 at 00:41 UTC ( #25585=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How about
in thread Should Perl Gurus (Wall,Schwartz,Christiansen et al) receive mega XP based on who they are?

The trouble with this is that in many cases, people who are very important to Perl and who have great knowledge to share have been too busy working on Perl to write a book.

I'm thinking here in particular of Chip Salzenberg who I've noticed round here posting a number of very useful nodes. His knowledge of how Perl will actually run a particular piece of code is probably better than Randal's. Should we give him mega-XP?

Another great example is Mark-Jason Dominus. A great "explainer of Perl" both in training courses and in articles (if you don't know the name, see for proof). He's been too busy for the last couple of years to write a book, but he'd be a great asset to perlmonks. Would we give him mega-XP?


European Perl Conference - Sept 22/24 2000, ICA, London

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Ability VS Site Contribution
by Nitsuj (Hermit) on Aug 02, 2000 at 00:45 UTC
    While I agree that ability is important, contribution to the site is what, in my opinion, should determine XP on this site. Just like on everything. Webster might have a great thesaurus and dictionary, but he didn't write much on everything. Perhaps the reputation of one's posts should become more important. This way, people who write really good nodes will rise to the top, whereas people who just write a lot of nodes will not rise so quickly. If necessary, the amount of experience to achieve certain levels would be modified accordingly.

    Also, the sections. I like to comment on a poll, but my comments on a poll aren't as important as a code contribution is. Perhaps WHERE you post should also make a difference.

    Just a few more thoughts :-)

    Just Another Perl Hacker

      I agree with you completely, It should be your contributions to the site that determine your XP. But that's obivously not what happened with merlyn. Someone saw that he was around and decided that they'd give him another 1_000_000 XP just because of who he is. He has made valuable contributions to the site (even without the extra XP he'd be in the top 10 monks), but I'm not sure what good the 'free' XP do.

      I guess my question is really: where do you draw the line? Is there a list of Perl Names who would be given free XP if they started frequenting the site?


      European Perl Conference - Sept 22/24 2000, ICA, London
        Excuse me? If merlyn were to not have 1,000,000 HXP, he'd be #17, as of a few hours ago.

        The IDSL line at the house is acting up, so the stats are a few hours out of date.


        e-mail jcwren
      I agree with all you said except your statement where you said that comments on polls were not as important as a code contribution. Generally, yes, you are right, comments to polls are often silly little things, amusements. But I would hardly say that the recent posts on this subject fall into that. Comments on polls can be just important as any other on this site.

      Roy Alan

        A few might be computer related, but the conversation is hardly ever heavy material by any measure of the word. The color of my visor and t-shirt sizes are hardly anything that I am going to write useful code about.

        Just Another Perl Hacker

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