[nycbug-talk] list protocol. . .
Wed Feb 18 09:20:49 EST 2004
On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 09:05:45AM -0500, G. Rosamond wrote:
> ->> 3. and on a more general NYCbug (yes, nice) level, RTFM
> ->(read the f'g
> ->> manual) is an inappropriate response to anyone. this list
> ->is open to
> ->> all, and part of nycbug's goal is to provide a bridge to newer *BSD
> ->> users. if something is obvious to a responder who has some
> ->decades of
> ->> bsd experience, then please provide a link to online
> ->documentation to
> ->> help enlighten the poster.
> ->I have found that this helps people become
> ->competent much quicker because they are learning how to
> ->interact with the system in a productive manner so as new
> ->problems come up they have a procedure in place to solve them
> ->instead of continually asking for help and when they do need
> ->to ask for help they ask better questions. This gives them
> ->better and faster answers so everybody wins.
> i strongly disagree. . .man man is no different than saying RTFM. if we
> want nycbug to be a bridge, we can't charge a toll.
> that's funny in some ways, but the reality is that no one should panic
> about inquiring about "stupid questions" on this list.
I think that it's reasonable to say to someone, try man <command> and if
you can't really understand, don't panic, just come back and ask.
#freebsd on undernet.org can be a harsh channel, but I've never yet seen
someone castigated if they say, I looked at the man page but don't
understand this part.
GPG KeyID EB3467D6
( 1B848 077D 66F6 9DB0 FDC2 A409 FA54 D575 EB34 67D6)
gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys EB3467D6
Giles: This one?
Giles: Used for?
Buffy: Breath mints?
Giles: Charm bags, money spells and for cleansing one's aura.
Buffy: Okay, so how do you know if one's aura's dirty? Somebody
comes by with a finger and writes 'wash me' on it?
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