in reply to (pmas) Re: Attack of the Downvote Bots
in thread Attack of the Downvote Bots
(2) If total newbie will post code snippet with blatant errors, will we try to destroy him personally? Not at all. If a member of our community makes stupid mistake, after all good posts which bring him to bishop level, does not he deserves the same patience, or even more than that?
Actually, sadly, this does happen quite frequently. Hence the need for a newbie area, a tailored newbie welcome email, or at least something, to help people get a feel for the place. I don't know how many newbie posts I've seen that are rapidly downvoted for poor english / grammar / spelling, formatting, using words people don't like (LOL etc). That pisses me off. We strive to be a community with a wholehearted, spirited approach toward Perl, but *many* lack the patience and foresight required to ease new members into the fold.
If anything needs to be changed, it's our approach to new posts. My 3 point plan :
1. THINK! Before you vote, how long has this guy/gal been a member? Are they brand new? If so, welcome them. Give them a newbie ++. Do it.
2. Don't Downvote. Msg them. Don't be lazy. Be proactive for the community.
3. Nurture. I stayed here b/c a senior monk took the time to show me the ropes. Again, be proactive.
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