I hope that the contents of this thread provide adequate
evidence that brian_d_foy's fall from grace was not of his
own accord, and would consider restoring what is rightfully his
In the interests of fairness, I suggest 32,000.
That's because brian only joined Perl Monks on June 15 2004 and was therefore accumulating XP at a velocity exceeding 6000 XP per year, based on the Wayback machine data.
And since he stopped visiting only after the "hacked catastrophe of 2009"
(his last node
was posted on July 17 2009),
foy had conservatively accumulated an extra 6000 experience points before these hard-earned points
were inexplicably whittled by a mysterious XP vandal.
Note that brian posted 52 nodes after his 25,989 Wayback machine level of Jan 15 2008.
It seems therefore that the criminal hooligan frittered away more than 13,000 points
at an XP whittle-rate of over 8000 points per year before being detected and halted.
Luckily, there is no evidence of any vandalism of the
content of brian's many fine nodes, his top three 200+ nodes being:
On a personal note, the disrespectful
actions of the XP vandal have left me feeling very sad, as
I have long admired brian's superb writing and his many contributions
to Perl over so many years.