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My first programming class in fall of 1979, CS141: Introduction to Programming, used WATFIV[^] on the aforementioned mainframe. As I recall, WATFIV was a superset of FORTRAN 66, adding several constructs useful for structured programming.
Young whipper snappers
University of Alaska didn't even HAVE a computer science curriculum. My degrees are in Chemistry and Mathematics. I learned assembly language on a PDP-11 in order to create analysis tools for an Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Spectrophotometer. (Say that three times fast!)
Although my IMSAI 8080 DID have paper tape AND floppies.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
Shortly after posting a solution, almost faster than they could possibly cut and paste the solution to verify it works, the solution is down voted. They don't provide any useful feedback or comment, just the down vote.
What are they getting out of this?
Can a CP admin find out if it is the same person doing this?
Yup, there is. I posted about not too long ago. Every solution in a few Q&A posts was down voted. One reason why down-votes on regular posts don't effect points is that drive-by down-voting became quite an epidemic.
It takes all kinds of people to make a world - but we don't need all of them.
well it's more of a bugs and sugs discussion but
- there's always been the debate that down votes should require a comment (min 50 chars...)
- and then on that an option to appeal a dv based on the comment (wrong, nasty, off topic, meaningless...)
but then the admins / moderators realised that would mean more work for them (following up on dv protests) so it gets tossed into the "too hard" basket. To cover themselves usually they will respond with "the down voter will eventually get a bad rep and loose rights, or they will just get bored and go away." of course in real life those things seemingly don't seem to happen, but whose to say it's not just new idiots replacing the old ones, there's a whole world of assholes out there.
I'm actually OK with the status quo, I'm OK that the admins/mods don't want more work, (after all they are volunteers), just wish they would be upfront about the real reason they down vote the down-vote-must-comment.
Anyway, as others have said:
don't worry about the down votes (world full of wankers), if it's good enough it'll get kudos [often from the OP - but some of them are jerks too and say nothing],
... you still get that personal satisfaction you [may have] helped someone, and perhaps the next guy too searching on the same question
As far as I could tell it was only a couple of downvotes, but it was indeed from the same person. Normally I'd like to see more of a trend before taking action, but this person hasn't been around for long and hasn't posted a single thing, so out they go.