On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 13:16:26 +0000, Dave O Connor
<doc+ilug at redbrick.dcu.ie> wrote:
> Daniel Goldsmith said on Thu, Nov 04, 2004 at 12:19:33PM +0000:
> > I don't want to provoke a navel-gaze, but there is more than just a Be
> > Nice to Noobs issue at stake. If such voluntary community based
> > support is 'abused', then the community dies.
> 'abused' how? The only abuse I saw was aimed at the pwerson asking the
</me regrets getting involved>
The concept of abuse is in the mind of the person providing an answer
to the query raised. If the proposed solution was arrived at following
consideration, application, research and conclusion then the response
is the result of quite an amount of work. Even a solution based on
personal experience requires some amount of digging, whether on
computer or the dark dank recesses of the mind to offer a
If that work has all been done based on an erroneous assumption caused
by an initial failure to divulge vital information, then it is wasted.
That pisses people off. If enough of the people doing the
solution-providing get pissed off, then they stop providing the
solutions. Result: Death of the community.
This isn't just idle speculation, it is a real problem and always has
been, in any field, not just computer/internet.
In passing - I still don't see how the guy was abused... Are you
confabulating abuse with criticism? If so, where does the criticism go
over the top?
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