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Sorry, misread your post, my reaction: "They are older than THAT!!!"
Here's an interesting timeline http://www.sdrm.org/history/timeline/[^] and a quote:
1804: Matthew Murray of Leeds, England invents a steam locomotive which runs on timber rails. This is probably the FIRST RAILROAD ENGINE.
Of course, later I realized I hadn't seen the show, so you could have been seeing 80 year old technology. It's amazing comparing 10 to 20 year old tech. We're still advancing, but not as astounding yearly advances as we saw 25 years ago. (And I'm not referring to steam tech )
Just read an article here at CodeProject (I shan't mention which) that was formatted poorly, had code samples that don't compile and wasn't well written, but it received numerous comments. Of course, they were mostly negative.
It struck me afterward that if you do something right (write a terrific article), we may just download your code and ignore you. However, if you do something wrong (write a poor article) we are going to let you know.
So, doing something wrong actually allows you to build more community (though it is constructed upon negativity) than doing something right. Ah, the human condition. It's a challenge.
Do you find my topic interesting or even well thought out? You probably won't comment.
However, if you eschew my point you will comment heavily. Am I funny yet?
I guess you can prove me wrong, easily, by being positive. I just played you, my friend.
But, I'm serious. I feel a serious paradox coming on.
Yes of course I'm kidding. I have articles on CP that I get positive and negative feedback after many years, but on my site where I have a lot of giveaway code and on Visual and Atmel Gallery Gallery I very rarely get any feedback so I guess it depends on the audience your addressing? Don't know what to tell you there!
Not to be contrary, but this hasn't been the case for me. I only have two articles here. The first was originally written in 2003, and I updated it a year ago. I occasionally get comments on it, even though it's old and no longer of central interest. The second article, which has a much narrower focus, hasn't received as many comments, but that's to be expected.
I don't generally use someone's code directly from an article. I will use it to learn how to do what I need. In either case, if I like someone's article or use their code, I make a point of commenting and thanking them. Even from my limited experience as an author here at CP, I know how much those comments mean.
I don't trash articles, unless they are obvious spam; in that case, I nuke'em 'til they glow.
You haven't met my mother. The lady is an absolute bear about good manners. 'Please' and 'thank you' were the order of the day when I was growing up. As a middle-aged professional in a world that seems to turn ever more callous and self-interested, expressing my appreciation for someone else's hard work should be a reflex. I'm ashamed when it isn't.
As far as the positivity goes, CP goes through cycles where the barbarian hordes run loose and bad behavior reigns. I've been guilty of it in the past. This is my favorite place on the web, so I'd rather not slip on my own spilled vitriol.
Interesting point, and one that made me ask if this is human nature or condition? Even kids at 2 and 3 pick on each other and seem to find joy in the shortcomings of others. Hmmm.... Add the anonymity of the web and people can be pretty darn ugly. It would be interesting to see the ratio of upvotes to downvotes in different forums. I have to admit that I am more likely to comment on something I disagree with, but I haven't found much use for downvoting.
I have have one article/blog post that gets almost daily downloads of the source but very few comments.
I would like to think that if we have few comments then we have been very clear on the content of the article and left no or few questions unanswered.
After reading articles for the last... umm how many years have I been here now.
Any way the ones that get the most comments are the ones where people want to do more with the source than what was originally intended or have a problem with what it does when it runs, if they can get it to run.