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    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited
    Anton has said before that he can manually trigger a rep recalculation and that it is automatically done periodically. How often does it happen?
    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010

    Shakespeare has mentioned reputation hunting prominently:

    All the world's a stage,

    And all the men and women merely players:

    They have their exits and their entrances;

    And one man in his time plays many parts,

    His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,

    Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

    And shining morning face, creeping like snail

    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

    Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,

    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

    Seeking the bubble reputation

    Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,

    In fair round belly with good capon lined,

    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

    Full of wise saws and modern instances;

    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,

    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

    That ends this strange eventful history,

    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

      CommentAuthorJon Awbrey
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited

    I prefer his essay on Higher Order Measures —

    Could great men thunder
    As Jove himself does, Jove would never be quiet,
    For every pelting petty officer
    Would use his heaven for thunder, nothing but thunder.
    Merciful heaven,
    Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
    Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
    Than the soft myrtle.  But man, proud man,
    Dressed in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As makes the angels weep, who, with our spleens,
    Would all themselves laugh mortal.
    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited

    Sorry for sidetracking. I have also thought about reputation matters. This thread gave me ideas, and I just now googled for the guy mentioned therein, and it turns out that he blogged about his achievements here.

    There are suggestions there for increasing rep.


    There are more links about that guy in my post in the thread you mentioned.

    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited

    Yes I had seen all that. I acknowledge your claim to your precedence. Here I was specifically addressing the point, "How to amass reputation", and that guy is the master, and I just followed Abel's dictum. For math specific stuff, though, the local masters can contribute additional tips suiting the needs of this abstruse subject..


    Apparently not very often. See this meta.SO post.

    @Anweshi, hush, child. I'm not rep hunting. It's just that I've deleted posts in the past with both up and down votes, deleted questions that were the result of me not reading something carefully, etc, so my rep is higher than what it actually should be by between 50 and 100 points. I was just wondering how long the system takes to fix something like that.

    @Anweshi, sorry for "asserting the precedence": actually I just wanted to make sure nobody interested missed the fact that the guy also writes poems :)

    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited

    @Harry. I know, you are not rep hunting. Your reputation could have been higher, if you were trying for that. Even I am able to understand that. I just made use of the opportunity to contribute the poem, and the link to a good strategy. It is not out of issues with you. I too have deleted absurd answers of mine, so I am also waiting for the other shoe to fall on some day..

    However since you seem to be the strongest critic here of soft questions, I must say I was surprised a bit to see one on a famous exercise. :) I was like, Oh wow, here Harry the purist is asking this question? Again of course, I am not saying that it is for reputation hunting. It's just ironic, that is all. Hush this child for that objection too, if you please.

    I posted the question because I had nowhere else to ask. I own the Springer edition, and none of the older editions are up on the internet.
    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited

    @Ilya. He seems very helpful to other programmers, is a methodist preacher, and writes poems. Interesting enough.

    @Harry. I am not however questioning your outspokenness in favor of purity. It is a worthy cause and somebody should take it up forcefully without mincing the words. It is good to see you doing it. So I am not questioning you; in fact I do not want to see you going lax on it. However the power of your arguments diminish when you are seen going against them yourself. I must remark that.

    True, but my question had a definite answer. The soft-questions that I'm really against are the big-list types or the ones that don't have a definite answer and tend to stay open for a very long time. I do find it somewhat troubling that I got so many upvotes for that question, as it was pretty much an open and shut case.