On 9/3/05, Stephen Reilly <leydar at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
Note that I just said the word, and not the URL. This was in response
to your sarcasm, and not your choice of search engines, or URL.
> 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's fine when you explain it, but when I saw it first it looked dismissive.
> 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.
I just think that your not being dismissive needed to be clarified.
> 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.
I didn't mean to. I thought you were being dismissive(and in fairness
you did give that impression), and felt the need to point out that not
everyone on this was dismissive. At this point(since you've clarified
yourself in this post), that's kinda moot, but it wasn't when I posted
my, er post.
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