I think one of the challenges Perlmonks faces is, what we
expect from us. From your past posts (discussion about
"contributions of monks"; discussion about "voting scale")
I get the impression that you think there are good (= contributing)
of our community and bad members, who are detrimental to
the goal of our community.
I have two problems with this. First, your posts
seem to me somewhat critic of people of low(er) XP. Of course, newcomers
won't fit in and be a "useful" part of the community from
the start, but I don't think that "us" old-skoolers
(or old scholars) should put as much effort into the XP
system as you display. Of course it's sad if people see
their only chance for attaining monk by voting out, but
if that's their only ability, so be it I say.
Second, you seem to distinguish Perlmonks
into two categories, those who are Perl monks and those
who benefit from it without contributing back - a separation
which is not necessarily wrong, but I feel that you think
that there should be only one class of Perlmonks. This
brings me down to what Perlmonks is to me - a helpfull
community where everybody is helped and where everybody
can benefit, as long as they obey some basic rules
of style (<CODE> tags) and form (polite language).
And while it makes sense to distinguish between people
who contribute and people who don't, I think that the
current system of rank and XP serves this purpose quite well
and is already enough motivation to participate and contribute
to those who want to.
The people who only vote out and do not actively and
repeatedly contribute to Perlmonks are a part of us, just
as Anonymous Coward and Trolls are a part of Slashdot. And
honestly, I'm much more content with having people who
I know that you had your gripes with mt2k boasting about
how he attained monk rank without ever writing anything
useful, and I must admit that this also dented my relaxedness
regarding his posts. But I always reminded myself that
mt2k is very young (about my age when I started visiting
BBSes) and you do need a relaxed approach when dealing with
(I know you won't like it, mt2k, but...) kids. Personally
I viewed mt2k as some form of jester of the monastery, always
exploring stuff within the mechanics of the monastery while
trying to learn stuff about Perl.
If I've misinterpreted or misunderstood you in any
way, please tell me so.
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