because Hindley-Milner rocks
When I look at the profile of someone on StackOverflow I compare the number of answers they’ve given which were neither upvoted nor accepted to those that were. To me this is a sort of signal to noise ratio. I’m fairly guilty of having a low average question score (~19), few Nice Answer on technical questions (only 4, 6 of them are fluff pieces) and no Good Answer to a technical question at all (again, the two I have are fluff.)
There are people out there whose low SO rating belie their technical skill/knowledge but whose average rating and answer content magnify it. There are also very high ranked people whose scores have been amassed by a preponderance of 1 up-voted answers. Then there are people like Neil Buttersworth who had an astounding 300 Nice Answers plus pages worth of high up-voted response (I didn’t hit 1 up-votes until page 86 of searching.)
People like Neil humble me. I read his responses and learned. It was almost better than a text book; none I have seen match so many real world problems with concise and pinpoint clarity. So to Neil, thanks bud. Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, I still enjoy scrolling through the encyclopedia of wealth you provided to the community. I just wish I could have said so before you felt the need to go. Mea Culpa.