On 02/09/05, Rory Browne <rory.browne at gmail.com> wrote:
> Maybe it's just me, but considering that there are online communities
> set up because when they ask a question they are simply told to RTFM
> or STFW, or some other 4lacf(4 letter acronym containing F), I think
> that such responses should be discouraged.
That's a very general point. In principle I agree but each specific
situation merits a different response. I was polite and curteous, if a
little sarcastic (note the link I gave was google not
justfinggoogleit). However in this situation I taught the OP where to
find that answer and others like it rather than have to come back to
the list time after time as a first resort. They obviously had not
considered searching google for an answer but might in the future. I
don't mind in the least helping out but the OP actually reading
through those articles returned by a search will be far more
beneficial than me surmising them. That way they will actually learn
to fend for themselves. I honestly believe in this case I was helping
enrich their linux experience a hell of a lot more than simply quoting
from the findings I had made. Being dismissive was not my intention.
Please bear in mind that this was my response to _this_ question, not
my response to _all_ questions. Don't therefore use it as a platform
to launch another general practices thread.
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