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  • I've probably had more downvotes collectively than anyone else at the Monastery. At first, I got upset about that, but I realized that while some of them are actually good feedback that I wasn't fitting into the "hive" mindset, some of them are merely "graffiti": ugly marks people are making simply because they can do it anonymously.

    And, like real graffiti, the best you can do is just ignore it and move on, knowing that someone got their kicks from kicking someone else. That's life.

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    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
    • I'll admit downvotes used to bite a bit but I quickly got over that when I considered the source. These people didn't even bother to trash whatever node it was with any kind of comment, just hit-and-run.

      So the only thing that irked me even a little was not knowing what node I was being knocked for. Now Corion sent me information on the Luke_Repwalker and StatsWhore nodes so that may not be a factor soon.

      Oh, and thanks for the welcome.{g}

    • Merlyn, you have the highest real (not counting vroom's arbitrarily assigned astronomical value) XP total over there on Perlmonks. I typically upvote just about everything I read from you, but...
      • At first, I got upset about that, but I realized that while some of them are actually good feedback that I wasn't fitting into the "hive" mindset...

      Are you sure that you are only downvoted for not fitting into the "hive" mindset?

      I downvoted you before and it was because I thought you were dead wrong and I think

      • But that's included in the "hive" mindset. Stating something wrongly gets downvoted. I don't know why you posted a "correction" here, because I was already including that in my original statement.
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        • Randal L. Schwartz
        • Stonehenge
        • I don't know about you, but I think of a "hive" mindset as something equivalent to groupthink, which is bad.

          It's not groupthink to correct someone when they are wrong. Especially, when a comment is offerred pointing why you think it's wrong, which I always do, except when there's already a comment that sums up how I feel very clearly. In fact, when that someone is so highly regarded, such as yourself, and one publically corrects them, there is the danger of risking negative attention to oneself. Being c