|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Why do nodes with minimal value get upvoted most?by Eyck (Priest)
|on Dec 23, 2004 at 14:48 UTC||Need Help??|
I noticed, that nodes with informational value approaching 0 get upvoted surprisingly often.
This seems to punish, and thus ultimately remove from perlmonks data of any value, when someone asks question, and then the most popular answer is just rehash of some popular myth, or maybe copy-paste of perldoc perlfaq entry gets the most votes.
This seems a little like 'first-post' phenomenon, because those elaborate and extremely popular answers usually have nothing to do with question at hand.
Sometimes it looks like they were created by some simple bot - simple pattern matching catching phrases like 'XP','Java','Thread' in question, and then pasting some elaborate answer roughly related to those key-words ( but not necesserily to the question itself ).
UPDATE: Interestingly, this node got downvoted pretty bad (-17 at the moment), which is consistent with my previous observations.
This is sad, because you can't progress when you can't see your mistakes. And any time anyone notices some problem and tries to bring attention to it - bang, community comes.
Conversly, lesson learned here is that one should be secret and just exploit the weekneses.