Please Stop With Cycle Fanaticism
sugarfi (466)

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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GarretThyCarrot (30)

Hey, I agree with this, but I’ve seen many people at the end of the comment before the repl say stuff like upvote, or vote up, or upvote if you enjoyed, or even @Bookie0 ‘s funny Upvoting is Caring.
I think staying stuff like that is ok and acceptable, because it’s true if you enjoy a repl, you should upvote it. Also everyone does it (most people)
But do you guys think its acceptable?

sugarfi (466)

@GarretThyCarrot I disagree. The point of repl.it is not to get upvotes - it's to write good code. If people upvote your code, great. If they don't, it doesn't matter. You shouldn't focus on getting upvotes; focus on writing good code and they come naturally.

codecademy123 (21)

@GarretThyCarrot It's acceptable to upvote others' work if you truly like it, but it's not acceptable to ask for it. Upvotes will come if people enjoy the repl, not if one asks.

GarretThyCarrot (30)

Hey @sugarfi Yes, the point of repl is to code and share it. But many people still say upvote if you enjoyed, and this is okay in my opinion. So i think you shouldn’t obsess about them, but I guess it’s kinda ok just to say upvote if you liked it! :)

CodingCactus (2087)

@sugarfi Well, I think that it is alright to write something like 'if you enjoyed, remember to upvote' because that is basically what an upvote is defined as. It is reassuring when you get an upvote on something, because you have worked hard on it. It is when you start making low quality postst just to get upvotes is when it gets wrong

GarretThyCarrot (30)

Yes, I agree, but I think you can just say something like “upvote if you enjoyed”. Loads of people do that! @codecademy123

codecademy123 (21)

@GarretThyCarrot I get your point. Maybe putting a small remark at the end of your post is okay, as long as you don't emphasize it as a main point of your post. The phrase "upvoting is caring" is not okay, since it's trying to make people feel obligated to upvote. Although it's disguised in a lighthearted tone, its undercurrent reveals an even stronger desire for upvotes.

NoelBryan (252)

Exactly. I do not like the phrase upvote is caring because it’s making people think they will be caring by upvoting the post. @codecademy123

sugarfi (466)

@NoelBryan really, upvoting is the opposite of caring. cycles do literally nothing, and upvoting is all in all a meaningless action.

DynamicSquid (954)

@GarretThyCarrot I don't think there's anything wrong with a friendly "don't forget to upvote"

GarretThyCarrot (30)

Ye, I agree. I see what you mean with the upvoting is caring, but just personally I think it’s kinda funny... @codecademy123

DynamicSquid (954)

@sugarfi I think you can view cycles however you like. But the important thing is, yes, the code

Bookie0 (1523)

Hello, I saw I was mentioned in this @codecademy123
Just wanted to say, When I made up that phrase, I had no intention of disguising it and making a double meaning; I sincerely just found a different way of saying “upvote this”. I didn’t think too much about it, so it’s your opinion. :)

Bookie0 (1523)

Hello, just wanted to say (I don’t want to imply any mean things), when I kind of made up that phrase, I didn’t think too much about it; it sincerely doesn’t have a double meaning. I respect your opinion, but just wanted to say that it’s not really that people will care by upvoting the post, it’s not really to be taken literally. I just was inspired by “sharing is caring” and changed it a bit because it rhymed. :) @NoelBryan