|Do you know where your variables are?|
The Monastery needs some way to set up the diamond-inheritance pattern for commentary -- this is a comment responding to several nodes that have appeared in the past few days....
First of all -- Thanks toolic, for posting this reminder of what the Anonymous Monk can/can't do.
Sometimes in the discussions about XP and Anonymity and such, an important point about how the Monastery uses the roles and 'scoring' gets over-looked. The actual purpose of the various Classes of Monks and the Rating System is to hook in to one of the most deeply rooted of Human emotional drives -- The Urge For Competition.
This is not competition between myself and my Brethren and Sistren, it is a competition me and the Monastery, to improve the quality of life for all Monks.
I want to read good posts. I use my daily votes to encourage well written nodes. A well written, cogent, argument will get my approval every time, even if I disagree with the point being made. I also up-vote nodes that may in themselves be not that good, but generated an informative discussion thread. I try encourage the overall general information level in the Monastery. I want Perl Monks to continue to be the place people go to talk/learn/practice Perl in all of its various manifestations. (I am just waiting up up-vote a good discussion about the benefits of Perl 3.0 vis-a-vis Perl 2.x, by the way....)
I do not post often. When I do post, it is because I care about the topic. I review my postings from time to time to see which ones 'struck a nerve' with other Monks. Which postings generated the most interest (as measured by the XP rating). Often I find that there are other people who are passionate about the same things I am (or at least, they are willing to (anonymously) click a check-box). Just as often I find out that I an full of soup -- I am the only person in this milieu who is really bugged by the use of 'data' in the singular ('this data shows ...'), for example.
This is how I compete with myself inside the Monastery. I ask myself: am I writing more and better nodes as I grow older? Does it seem that there are more Monks that think what I write is useful? Have I been generating the kinds of discussion threads that I would like to read?
There is a saying popular in one of my other interest groups --
"We are all Students here".As a Student Monk, I continually strive to improve myself and the House I live in.