The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
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.
This is perfectly understandable, a well written article deserves and usually gets a 5 as a thank you, whereas as crappy article needs some comment so the author can improve their skills.
I consider the download counter as my thank you, they read the article and it sparked enough interest that they downloaded he code. Any upvote and comment is a bonus, appreciated but not the reason for writing an article. Negative comment on the other hand need to be addressed.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity