My own theory is that the repution points accrued by postings
here are not so much a reflection of one's programming skill
and/or knowledge in Perl (though this certainly counts for
some cred), but are in larger part a reflection of one's
ability to communicate effectively with other programmers,
no matter whether asking questions or giving answers.
I hope its true for most of the friars (like me) and higher-ups
that our "skills are still very much in development". Being
a "true advocate and supporter" probably earns more points
than being an antagonist, in general, but I could easily
vote for someone who said something like "here's an
idea, which is really useful because..., and I can make it
really fast/intuitive/maintainable/robust in language X, but
it really sucks if I try it this way in Perl..." -- provided
that the necessary details are concisely given to make the
point (ideally with a dispassionate tone).
If such a complaint is justified, everyone gains by
seeing a limitation of the language clearly demonstrated
(and word gets around to the creators about something
that probably needs fixing) -- everyone wins;
if the "antagonist" is just using the worst of various approaches,
the replies that get the most points will be the ones
that simply show better ways
to do it in Perl, and everyone wins again.
Thanks for posting some very well-stated nodes.
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