Please Stop With Cycle Fanaticism
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sugarfi (587)

Disclaimer: This post is not intended towards anyone particular, and I do not mean to offend anyone.
Cycles are not the point of repl.it. repl.it is designed to be a collaborative IDE where people share their code and get help with it. Sure, it's nice to get upvotes and have people like your code, but that is not the point of the site What is especially not the point of the site is for people to beg for cycles and celebrate getting more of them. This is not Youtube! Cycles are supposed to be a measure of how much people like your code, not how good you are at begging for them. Unfortunately, it seems like this is what is happening. Just today, over half of the repls on trending and hot were cycle specials. Not to say that community is a bad thing. The repl.it community is a really great group of people, who are capable of writing great code. Cycles are meant to reflect that: people write good code, other people like it, and the cycles just measure how many good projects you have made. But then things like "tHiS iS mY 1500 cYcLe SpEcIaL pLeAsE uPvOtE" come and mess up the whole system. Cycles on repl.it have no meaning, really: it's just a unit of measurement. It's not meant to be a thing that is celebrated; you aren't meant to write code just so people will upvote it. Even just begging for upvotes on your normal posts reflects this to an extent. People should just write code to write it, and then share it if they want to. That is the whole point of repl.it. As I said before, repl.it is not a place to beg and grovel for cycles just so you can have a little number next to your name go up. So please stop with cycle specials. repl.it is not the place for that, and it destroys the whole meaning of repl talk. If you want to beg for and celebrate a meaningless number, go to Youtube. But if you want to write good code and share it with others, then please take what I've written into account.
Thanks, sugarfi

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DynamicSquid (4374)

I agree with that your saying, but I have a little bit of a different perspective...

I see cycles as motivation to keep going, but not as a barrier. I'll still post fun stuff even if none of my projects get any cycles. But if my projects do well, then that's great, I might even make a similar project for fun.

Also about the "x amount of cycles special" projects, I don't really see anything wrong with that, however you need to have a decent project attached. I agree with you that you can't have an empty post, even if it's to celebrate your cycles.

In the end, I think everyone has a different perspective about cycles. If you don't care about them, and only care about posting code, then sure, you do that. But if you pay attention to cycles, and actually care about getting lots of them, then sure, go with that - as along as you have decent code attached.

Bookie0 (4538)

Hey, I agree with what you said, it kind of summarized the different “sides”. @DynamicSquid

MrEconomical (2232)

@DynamicSquid The issue I have with this is what is considered "decent" may not always be the same for each person. Some people just post a crap ton of low-effort posts in order to farm cycles which is a big issue, but then they can just claim the content is "decent" because coders have varying skill levels.

DynamicSquid (4374)

@MrEconomical oh yeah true. I guess "decent" is relative to the poster, but I guess "decent" is referring to the average of the community in a sense.

MrEconomical (2232)

@DynamicSquid then what would be your opinion on this post? https://repl.it/talk/share/My-First-repl/31552
certainly this person was not trying to farm cycles, but would his content be considered "decent" as a community average?

DynamicSquid (4374)

@MrEconomical Oh yeah, I remember seeing that post before. I still can't wrap my head around it. Well what I meant by decent if that a beginner would consider it good, an average coder would consider it good, and a good coder will consider it good. Like, I don't want to get to concrete with the definition, but just use common sense I guess. Sorry for the confusion

xxpertHacker (504)

@DynamicSquid Usually, the more you're capable of, the higher standards you have. You're at least an average coder, right? Did you consider that good? I can say with certainty, I'm a good coder, do I look at a low level project and say it's good? Usually not, but can I tell if the coder(s) made a lot of code, mut in plenty of time, and overall worked hard? Easily, it's easy to tell the difference when someone allocates plenty of time to complete something and puts in hard work, and when someone writes 10 lines and posts it. (Don't get me wrong, I have seen some good code that could fit on 10 lines).