How do you feel when...
1. you made your first question on TeX.SE?
It was not my first question that impressed me the most but the third: It was answered by two eminent contributors who dazzled me with their knowledge of TeX. What are tokens used for?
2. for the first time, one of the answers of your question really helped you / solved your problem(s)?
3. for the first time, one of your answers helped people and was marked accepted?
It was an answer I knew perfectly well because I had spent hours on this error when I started LaTeX. I was glad to have answered before the high-profile contributors. :-)
4. you got the first downvote?
I don't remember that. How can we find the first downvote?
5. you were awarded the Association Bonus
Highly reputable contributors told me that one of my questions was not about TeX and to go elsewhere. It didn't please me. Finally, I went there and got a 100-point bonus. It comforted me. :-)
6. for the first time, you reached 200 reputations without the Association Bonus?
No memories. Oh yes, it happened to me very recently and only once. I have difficulty understanding this voting system because I have written very simple answers that have been over upvoted for no reason (in my opinion) and difficult answers that have had no vote (although they deserve it). The voting system questions me more than anything else: what does it represent?
7. you got the first gold badge?
My one and only gold badge was easy to get: just come here for 100 consecutive days. It looks pretty on the screen. It's a nice color.
8. you reached 1,000; 10,000; 100,000; 500,000 reputations?
The first time I reached 1000, I was very surprised. And with each passing to the next thousand just as much.
9. you became a moderator?
Given my difficulties with the English language, this is not likely to happen.
10. When did you start reading the TeXbook?
I was very intrigued by the modification of the tokens and wondered why Donald Knuth did it.
Since that day, I would like to ask him two questions and I hope he will answer (before he disappears):
- For what purpose did you permit the modification of the tokens? Is it to make TeX a very low level language from which it is possible to create others like TikZ?
- Why did not you copy the C or Pascal calculation capabilities into TeX?