[nycbug-talk] list protocol. . .

Scott Robbins scottro
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.



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