[Nottingham] Proposal

Michael Erskine msemtd at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Nov 11 09:18:56 GMT 2005

On Thursday 10 November 2005 22:24, Michael Leuty wrote:
> Computer geeks in general have a bit of a reputation for not suffering
> (what they consider to be) fools gladly. 

Aw, come on - here at work I suffer fools gladly all day :) (they _do_ pay me 

> On the internet there is a 
> culture of RTFM, do your own research, don't bother me with trivial
> questions. That is perhaps understandable when there are a large number
> of newbies. I would hope the geeks here would be more tolerant.

Yes, a response of RTFM is not acceptable, but the following definitely _IS_: 
"take a look at the manual page using 'man whatever' in a shell and search for 
your particular problem with '/myproblem' where you should see that it 
mentions you need to use '--someflag' when using 'whateverwidget'"

This lengthier reply shows that the responder has actually attempted to RTFM 
him/herself and points the less experienced fellow jouneyman/woman on the 
right path.

Michael Erskine (lowest SNR possible. No, wait... cp ~otheruser/.Xauthority ~ 
for root to run X apps. Ah! :) )

Flon's Law:
 There is not now, and never will be, a language in
 which it is the least bit difficult to write bad programs.

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