FAQ vs. Immediate Answer?
Bill's LFS Login
lfsbill at wlmcs.com
Wed Jan 15 11:05:14 PST 2003
On Wed, 15 Jan 2003, Seth W.Klein wrote:
> Bill's LFS Login <lfsbill at wlmcs.com> wrote:
> > [....]
> > >From sk at sethwklein.net Wed Jan 15 07:31:25 2003
> > Bruce Dubbs <bdubbs at swbell.net> wrote:
> > >
> > ><snip>
> > Please don't post answers that are in the FAQ. Please post references
> > to the FAQ instead. In this case the relevent entries are:
> > Second, in past threads dealing with common courtesy, when certain
> > individuals posted *only* references to applicable documentation, they
> > have been chided by others that they should have also provided the
> > answer at that time. [....]
> I overstated above.
> If Bruce had mentioned the FAQ at all, even without the recommanded
> faq.html#question link, i would not have posted.
> The part of your post, Bill, that i snipped sounded as if i was
> issuing an ultimatim. I don't think it is appropriate or necessary
> to have an ultimatim on this subject. I was simply reminding Bruce
> as i have in the past had to remind many people including many high
> "ranking" LFS people.
Ranking? Watch out - someone will ask you to join the military! ;0
But seriously, mea culpa. Knowing how difficult it is to get folks to
read the FAQ that I know you work so hard to maintain, I sort of figured
maybe you had decided to try a "more forceful" approach.
My humble apologies for my assumptions and the associated implied
> It is my practice and general recommendation to post the url and
> a one line type summary unless there is an unusual reason to force
> the "asker" to actually visit the FAQ. That extra line has a much
> friendlier tone and is less likely to set off the "you were rude
> to a stupid newbie" police. (I say stupid newbie because there are
> smart newbies.)
Absolutely in agreement about the "softening" added by the extra line.
And, of course, you know by word and deed I agree with the constant
encouragement to use available docs.
> Seth W. Klein
lfsbill at wlmcs.com
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