On 2006-11-04 13:56, Randall R Schulz wrote:
On Saturday 04 November 2006 11:48, Tony Alfrey wrote:
Randall R Schulz wrote:
It's the same old debate: Do you forgive all
the crap and nonsense
and let the list devolve into drivel or to you ride herd on the
newbies in order to instruct them on the way intelligent list
interactions are carried on? I'm in the latter camp.
Or one can behave as though we were part of a civilized society,
understand that we cannot all be experts on all subjects, and we
respond to others in the way we would wish a response were we asking
The point is not about expertise. We all ask questions when our own
expertise, be it vast or miniscule, does not supply an answer to the
question we have.
The point is that there are intelligent, coherent and respectful ways to
ask, answer and follow up on questions. Then there are all the other
ways. The other ways must be repudiated.
No, these "other ways" must not
be repudiated, but they can be
corrected. Half the path to getting an answer to a question lies in
knowing how to ask the question in the first place...
half? hell, based on my own experience doing physics research, I think
it might be a lot higher than that.
You cannot expect someone who has little or no experience with the
Unix-like environment to know, by any means, how best to ask a
*nix-related question. The differences with what they are used to using
are simply far too great.