in reply to Re: PM Leveling Guide.
in thread PM Leveling Guide.

You say "the Monastery is not a game", but then you link to Levels of Monks, which clearly trumpets:

Remember: It's all just a game. But if you play it right, it's a game of learning, and helping others. That makes it a game worth playing.
Are you being sarcastic?

(I also refer the reader to the faqlet Why did I get downvoted?, which advises: "[XP] is really just a game we play to make life at the Monastery more interesting.")

I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

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Re^3: PM Leveling Guide. (game)
by tye (Sage) on Mar 03, 2015 at 05:28 UTC

    Interesting game, Professor; the only winning move is not to play.

    The point of "it is just a game" is to discourage people from taking the points too seriously. When somebody is talking about gaming the system just for the sake of points, then that is precisely missing the point.

    So, yes, the XP part is just a side game. And, yes, it is also a big mistake to treat the site as just a game (though doing so usually also leads to losing the game, thankfully).

    I'll upgrade my admonition to "Just remember: You can't treat PerlMonks XP too much like a game".

    - tye        

      You're absolutely right.

        Oh! Such a gem… from memory since first links for scripts/vids are dead.

        Wait… what are you doing?

        Well, he said you can’t…

        Oh, I thought he meant you can’t…

Re^3: PM Leveling Guide.
by cheako (Beadle) on Mar 03, 2015 at 06:16 UTC
    That's a good point
    Why can't we help ppl out and play fun games too?

    The Vote Fairy could hand out random loot, for example.
    ....You can slice that node, but you risk -2 durability.

    Either way God would have to write it and they are likely too busy to care, so in the end it's just a day dream. Which can be even more fun than playing games.