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I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community. I notice several of the answers to this question go into great self-congratulatory arguments about the mathematical nature of awarding rep. I'm sure these people think that Sheldon Cooper is a nicely rounded human being too.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly serve to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly serve to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community. I notice several of the answers to this question go into great self-congratulatory arguments about the mathematical nature of awarding rep. I'm sure these people think that Sheldon Cooper is a nicely rounded human being too.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly serve to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

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I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly serverserve to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly server to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly serve to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

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I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

And lookingIt may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly server to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity?   Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed.

And looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly server to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity?  

I have been participating in SO since only just after the beta finished. I'm not an obsessive answerer by any means, but I was just about to break the 10K barrier.

But over the last week I've lost 10% of my rep - down to 9k.

Techies are notorious for not getting human psychology, but has any of these self-righteous moderators deleting vast amounts of SO history considered that you are likely pissing a great many people off? I'm not saying everything should be cast in stone and never changed, but I now feel majorly pissed off with SO. This site operates on goodwill and putting something back - indeed a young colleague asked me this week why I bothered participating and I replied precisely that. But no matter what the intellectual rational for the deletion this feels like a complete and utter slap in the face, and how people feel is important, because ultimately feeling good about participating in SO is why people come and answer questions.

At this rate you're heading towards the equivalent of voluntarily sitting exam questions. Which may be fine for the purists and people who like that kind of thing, but you're going to end up with a lot fewer more casual participants - some of which may have the answer to a question you need to ask. It's a very sad day indeed that the 'cake' question for instance has now been removed. I can't help feeling the person who decided to delete that was probably a very uninteresting human being indeed. And yes, the Internet was a better place for that question being asked.

It may not be entirely coincidental that my observation - made as recently as last week before this happened - has been that SO has peaked. Generally difficult questions now seem to attract fewer answers and people seem to take less trouble to refine what answers are supplied any longer. Basically SO is getting to be boring - and not as useful either.

Looking here I'm sure that I'll see a fair number of comments to the effect that how I feel about the system is irrational - but anyone saying that is absolutely missing the point - it's all about how one feels about the community.

ASIDE: Noticed the heavily downvoted answer here from Norman Ramsey who is obviously also really pissed off to and threatens to walk. This is precisely my point - what purpose can it possibly server to piss someone off with a 75k reputation, who has obviously put time and effort into SO and demonstrably knows things of value to the community, for the sake of intellectual purity? Myself I'd been putting more time again into SO recently to break the 10k barrier, and now, well frankly I feel like I can no longer be arsed if this sort of thing is going to happen. Again this may be irrational but it's how I feel, and how I feel makes the difference between taking time to answer questions or not.

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