Okay, I know what all of you are thinking? Hasn't this been done? And the
answer is no. Sure there have been a few posts about node reputation. There's
even been a node on personal reputation. However, I am going to take a
different approach with this one so please bear with me until you have read the
full text of this node. Thank you.
Does it matter if my node is down voted?
No. Of course not! Receiving down votes does not mean that I am a bad
programmer. And it certainly does not reduce my personal reputation nor does not
make me a worse person.
I came to the realization that I do not sweat the down votes as often as I
used to. I expect my humor nodes to draw negative reputations. 8^D
But I still take offense when I work hard writing a node only to have it down
voted without a reply as to why. It usually does not take me long to get over
it though. I do not dwell on those negative nodes. I move on and compose more
code or reply to some nodes.
Does it matter if my node is up voted?
Once again, no. If one of my nodes gets a positive reputation it does not mean
that I am a good programmer. And it certainly does not make me any better as a
Do not get me wrong though! I enjoy seeing the reputation of my nodes
increase. To me, it means that my post was accepted by the Perl Monks community
Does my low (or negative) node reputation mean that my
node is any worse than another?
No, not necessarily. It might mean:
- I said the exact same thing as someone else.
- I posted code or statements that was not clear.
- I posted code or statements containing errors or omissions.
- I posted irrelevant information.
- I said something offensive.
- any number of other things...
Does my high node reputation mean that my node is any
better than another?
Once again, not necessarily. It might mean:
- that some Monks thought that it was useful.
- that some Monks thought that it was insightful.
- that some Monks thought that it was funny.
- that some Monks were trying to cast all of their votes.
- any number of other things...
Does my node reputation matter?
This question always results in all sorts of answers. Some say yes because it
means the node is worthy. Some say no because it only results in more or less
useless XP. I say no and if you do not know why that I think so, then you
really should promptly re-read this entire node from the beginning. ;)
Does my personal reputation matter?
Yes and no. What kind of answer is that you ask? Let me explain.
Yes, I should strive to be a better person. I should not try to hurt
another Monk's feelings. I should always try to improve myself. I should
to say and do the right things. I should try to help others. Even if I am not
100% successful, I will have improved my personal reputation in someone's
No, it should not matter what other people think of me. The thoughts of
other people does not affect me directly. Sure, I might have to deal with
someone's attitude if they do not like me. But remember that everyone is
entitled to have an opinion of me, good or bad. If someone doesn't like me, so
what? There are literally billions of people in the world that I could meet
What does my node reputation mean then?
Absolutely nothing! Node reputation is just an indication of what people think
about my writing content, style, grammar, syntax, sense of humor, programming
expertise, etc. So you could say that my node reputation is a reflection of
aspects of my personal reputation.
Node reputation is simply a means to an end. It came into being because the
gods decided that Perl Monks needed a way for Monks to gain added
responsiblies as they became more acquanted with Perl Monks.
Thank you for your time.
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