On 2006-11-04 18:40, Randall R Schulz wrote:
On Saturday 04 November 2006 15:27, Darryl Gregorash
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.
Wrong. The how-tos of good question-asking are unrelated to the topic
area. The context is:
You are speaking about form, Randall, when I am speaking of substance.
The formulation of the specific question which states the problem,
including any additional information needed to identify the problem to
the reader, is a non-trivial exercise which, I assure you, few on this
list properly understand. This statement is made independently of the
particular general topic (SuSE, on this list); I have seen the same
difficulties in the formulation of questions arise time and again, first
as a university physics instructor, next as an instructor for the Army,
and now here.
The proper response to a poorly formulated question is not to suggest
the person asking it is an idiot.