"Hardcore feel" is definitely there and the language is anything but "writing config txt files to some underlying system".
I've built applications in the > 10k SLOC range that use a consensus algorithm for distributed computing and it was hard but made tremendously easier because of Erlang's built in primitives.
No hardcore feel was lost at all and neither was it writing a config txt file...
[EDIT] I would love to know why the downvoter disagrees with me, unless you're being a downvote kiddie.
Anyway, just a guess, I don't even have enough karma to downvote.
Mind to share some more details? What project/company it is?
Maybe I assume good faith on the part of the speaker in a wider range of situations than many folks.
Aside from that, it's obvious he has more experience with Erlang but the tone still matters in a discussion.
You know, there is karma involved. If down votes are supposed to be used the way you describe, people that are intelligent and polite and educated on their answers, but share a different view than the majority here, should not be part of the community. Is that the intent?
Down voting is for completely irrelevant comments, inappropriate comments, etc...
[EDIT] To be clear, I did not downvote you and I disagree with the down votes on your comment here, even though it's off-topic it's important to acculturate people that are accustomed to "downvoting for disagreeing". Which is why I'm commenting.
> pg 2455 days ago | link | parent | flag
> I think it's ok to use the up and down arrows to express agreement. Obviously the uparrows aren't only for applauding politeness, so it seems reasonable that the downarrows aren't only for booing rudeness.
> It only becomes abuse when people resort to karma bombing: downvoting a lot of comments by one user without reading them in order to subtract maximum karma. Fortunately we now have several levels of software to protect against that.
Why not just a change in color to something different, not harder to read? If down vote is to be used however the down voter wants then why attach the "punishing" color to it?
It's an interesting system in that I have not seen it anywhere else and indeed does seem to work. But still I can't understand it.
Downvotes instead of comments is still a personal peeve but I guess I can't chide people for it on HN, lol.
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