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Re: Newbies and votes

by wolfger (Deacon)
on Dec 09, 2004 at 19:21 UTC ( #413658=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Newbies and votes

I recall my uni days when I got an A for my essay but it made no difference to me because everybody else was getting an A from the same tutor. The point is, I'm not saying every post by a newbie deserves an upvote, because then the upvoting would lose its meaning.
I recently got a bad taste in my mouth from voting... I was looking at nodes I've written, and noting which nodes got the most XP. My second-highest upvote total was on a slightly funny and quite snarky reply I made. In contrast, I recently spent a good deal of my time writing a script to solve somebody's problem that I found interesting, and that work resulted in a meager 2 upvotes. Now maybe the low vote total is because most people didn't find the problem interesting enough to read the node, or maybe not.... It just kinda upset me that a non-helpful post can be rated so much higher than a genuinely helpful one.

All in all, I think the voting system works pretty well, though. It's a good way to engourage and discourage posts we like and dislike.

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Re^2: Newbies and votes
by v_o_i_d (Novice) on Dec 11, 2004 at 06:02 UTC
    I agree...I was a n00b and posted a silly remark as my first post and without warning, WHAM! -20+ downvotes. Not encouraging for a n00b, esp. without warning. ONE polite monk simply msgd me about it, but it was ineffective and too late. From my pov PM looked like a very closed priggish and unwelcoming place to newcomers.

    I have taken to ignoring XP more or less. But I noticed also that when I posted a solution/hack I came up with, the 0 XP I received was a bit stingy imho.

    :) Im over it now so it doesn't bother me anyway! It is a shame that newbies might see the negative reputation first, because there are a lot of helpful, friendly monks here.

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