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Re: XP and level balancing

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Oct 26, 2002 at 03:25 UTC ( #208196=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to XP and level balancing

sauoq++ has already made the point, but I wanted to reinforce the point about this:
by having more users on the site, doesn't that "bloat" my XP in comparison to the XP required to go up levels?

When there are fewer people, it also means votes are concentrated on fewer people.

The key issue here is the votes/day limit. More active users who vote means also roughly as many more new posts/day that the ratio remains close to equal.

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re: Re: XP and level balancing
by bprew (Monk) on Oct 27, 2002 at 21:19 UTC

    blm++, sauoq++ and Aristotle++ did bring up something I hadn't thought of; more users = more posts. That and the $NORM value should be a good indicator of whether or not XP values are on the rise, as long as I understand $NORM... (the average node rep, correct?).

    Also, I didn't mean to imply that PM was only about earning XP, I've learned more Perl here then I ever thought possible and continue to learn everyday, but this is the "Perlmonks Discussion" forum, which I thought related to discussion about, not just Perl.

    Another idea that was sort-of started with this node (and should probably be a new node) is, the number of users at level 1. Do we have a problem that a vast majority only log in once, or simply ask one question? I would think as a community we would want as many people as possible to get involved. Have we talked about how to teach new Perl users as well as retain new, experienced users? I don't mean to try and force users to stay here and that each person can certainly do their own thing, but I feel that a community prospers best when you can get as many people as possible to contribute. That and I would hate to lose possible new Perl programmers because they felt they couldn't find information or didn't know how to proceed.
    "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart."

      I think for a lot of people, there simply isn't much need. A lot of folks just want to tweak something minor in a script or two they downloaded for example, and have no aspirations to become Perl gurus at any point. Assuming most saints, if they're not experts, at least have picked up a lot of stuff just by participating on PerlMonks if not in any other way, we have several hundred active members at the site who are at least moderately equipped to contribute meaningfully.

      That's quite a good ratio, if you ask me. Indeed, PerlMonks is really the only webbased forum I have come across with such a concentration of expertise.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

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