in reply to Down-vote Bad, Up-vote Good

Confession time

I am sure that I have attempted on previous occasions to be the first to reply to a post (possibly an crime of XP whoring). I don't feel particularly guilty about this. XP is a game put before me, so why should I not play it? However I do try my very best to be civil (in fact I have learnt a lot about civility on perlmonks), and I do try to be helpful. I almost never upvote anonymous monks. For them a upvote is implemented as silence, an abstain as a downvote. I also downvote anything that was rude or so blatant as to not even be playing the game. Other than that if I don't feel cheated for reading it, it gets an upvote.

Update

My post just gave me an idea. Perhaps we could have a special section of the monastery, called the "confessional", where monks own up to their XP misdemeanors.

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Re^2: Down-vote Bad, Up-vote Good
by Fletch (Chancellor) on Jun 04, 2009 at 18:15 UTC

    Then what, you'd be told to say n "Hail Larry"s as penance and receive a blessing . . .? :)

    The cake is a lie.
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      Then what, you'd be told to say n "Hail Larry"s as penance and receive a blessing . . .? :)
      Yes, that's the idea. Using foreach loops to ease the saying of the Hail Larrys would of course NOT be allowed. There would also be extensive "use strict" and "use warnings" and serious offenders might have to be "tied".

        Fletch and SilasTheMonk, you just made an otherwise dreary and painful day much brighter. You made me laugh! I didn't think today would bring any laughter.

        Thanks so much.

        ack Albuquerque, NM
Re^2: Down-vote Bad, Up-vote Good
by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Jun 04, 2009 at 18:13 UTC

    Votes aren't just to reward and punish, they're also to shake out the relative merit of nodes. So if an anonymous monk writes an excellent node, please do upvote it. It can help others find it later.

      It also helps people who sort each thread by best node.

      I don't mind occasionally having to reinvent a wheel; I don't even mind using someone's reinvented wheel occasionally. But it helps a lot if it is symmetric, contains no fewer than ten sides, and has the axle centered. I do tire of trapezoidal wheels with offset axles. --Joseph Newcomer

        That makes more sense. I didn't know you could do that.
        But node reputation is strongly correlated to how many posts there are between the start of the thread and the post itself.

        If I wait a day and then write an excellent reply answering all questions using code examples, benchmarks, and links to the documentation, I'm likely to get less '++' votes than if I half answer the question with some misleading remarks within a minute of posting.

        I don't think PM has the option to sort a thread by "best node". It has the option to sort by "most ++ - -- votes". Which is not at all the same.

      How does it help others find it later? I'm not familiar with this feature.

        Best nodes of ...

Re^2: Down-vote Bad, Up-vote Good
by Gavin (Bishop) on Jun 05, 2009 at 20:51 UTC

    "Perhaps we could have a special section of the monastery, called the "confessional", where monks own up to their XP misdemeanors."

    It would need to be Very Big!