in reply to Re: A request from level 21
in thread A request from level 21

The obvious problems with this approach is that people may complain if the most popular solutions are not followed and some may wish to change their vote after being persuaded by the arguments of others.

However popular an idea might be, what if its unconstitutional? If it goes against the spirit and tradition of the monastery? We've always held that XP is a game, and part of the game was that levels aren't flaunted. Now its NAME and RANK because there might be trolls afoot. Because one guy in power had to fight the evil doers, so he made everyone wear a patch on their coat.

Who does Number Two work for? Cowboy: Yeah, that's right buddy! You show that turd who's boss.

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Re^3: A request from level 21
by holli (Abbot) on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:13 UTC
    Whoa, this is way too harsh. Though I agree with you, comparing ysth with Hitler is not the way to discuss. I also second igelkott. Make it a poll.

    holli, /regexed monk/
Re^3: A request from level 21
by igelkott (Priest) on Jul 12, 2008 at 21:33 UTC

    Taking a poll on an unconstitutional or inappropriate question would be silly, if the question clearly falls into one of these categories. Otherwise, since no lives are at stake, a popular vote doesn't really seem all that dangerous.

    NAME and RANK

    No one could possibly be suggesting that the XP system is some kind of direct measure of the value of a post (or poster). XP should have some connection to the time and/or effort spent here but that obviously can't translate to "worthiness" in any sense. Obviously, any "newbie" might actually be an experienced Perl programmer or expert in some other field. XP can only provide a hint to the background of an op and providing it up front can either be seen as a convenience or as a distraction -- not some sort of human right's issue.