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Re: Re: Impressions and Suggestions

by jorg (Friar)
on Mar 20, 2001 at 16:17 UTC ( #65681=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Impressions and Suggestions
in thread Impressions and Suggestions

sorry footpad but lately there's been a lot of talk on 'XP whoring' in the CB.. Fundamentally you're stating how PM should be and how it's intended to be but admit, for some this is just an XP contest. It's a basic drive of people to move up the ladder and do whatever it takes to get there :))
'XP whoring' is not that bad after all, if someone thinks hard and long just to come up with some original code or question about Perl, just so he could gain some XP than i'ld say his motivation might have been wrong but the effect on PM will be correct ie innovation and meditation within the Monastery.


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Re (tilly) 3: Impressions and Suggestions
by tilly (Archbishop) on Mar 20, 2001 at 20:01 UTC
    I respectfully disagree on the harm.

    By answering easy questions fast we create an environment where people become scared to try answering questions. I think it is important to give people who have only a partial understanding room to try answer the questions that they can get.


    Well here is a list of reasons:

    1. People get intimidated.
    2. Trying to answer questions is an instructive process.
    3. Corrections to answers gets at more subtle misconceptions than the initial question/answer. Therefore it gives an opportunity for discussions that take people to the next level.
    4. Answering questions is a satisfying thing to do. Increasing how many get to experience that satisfaction broadens participation in the site.
    5. It frees experienced people to spend time on more advanced discussions.
    One thing that I like about this site is that there is a range of discussion levels. There isn't a rigid division between gurus here and novices there. Rather there is a spectrum of discussion and opinions that underscores the fact that novices can become gurus, and can become gurus in less time than they probably expect.

    I think that it hurts that when experienced people "clean up" on the easy questions. Leave them for someone who needs the practice...

Impressions and Suggestions - Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith, disturbing. ;-P
by frankus (Priest) on Mar 20, 2001 at 18:39 UTC
    I think Perl Monks is used by some folk to have XP competitions, perhaps amongst friends, and perhaps the quality of their response is lessened by their eagerness to reply.

    I don't think 'XP Whores' exist but at times XP may be important to folk. Perhaps there is a plateau where this doesn't happen anymore, perhaps it is entirely dependant on the person and their values

    I think a lot of what happens is that people see a question they can answer and want to reply, more often than not, for alturistic reasons, wanting to help and not make a corroborative reply they rush in.

    The end results are the same and the intention which is always hidden, sometimes even from the person posting. Even in posting we're part of a learning experience, where we can gain insight, by XP Whoring we rob ourselves of this insight by merely casting a cursory glance over 'competitors' responses.

    Brother Frankus.

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