Re: ruby spot it

I guess, that right now, the motivation would be the same like answering
such questions here. But maybe i can find some others … :wink: But the
main idea is, that other beginners correct them and learn from the
errors.

“Tim B.” [email protected] schrieb am 21.09.2006 11:52:

  • where professionals and other noobs can answer them and maybe discuss them

What sort of motivation would a “professional” have to go to a
beginner’s site to go about correcting beginner’s errors without the
expected win of maybe being able to discuss his or her own problems?
-tim

[email protected] wrote:

I guess, that right now, the motivation would be the same like answering
such questions here. But maybe i can find some others … :wink: But the main
idea is, that other beginners correct them and learn from the errors.

Basically a good idea, but there are lots of beginner threads here, and
just
as many helpful answers. It might not be such a good idea to have
beginners
answer beginners’ questions, for a reason that should be obvious.

Basically a good idea, but there are lots of beginner threads here, and just
as many helpful answers. It might not be such a good idea to have beginners
answer beginners’ questions, for a reason that should be obvious.

I believe it’s a “tragedy of the commons” type problem. The
“professionals” hang out here for the interesting stuff and answer
beginner questions occasionally. There’s really no motivation for the
“professional” to browse a pure beginner’s forum and while the
beginners can answer each other’s questions, soon you’ll have
beginners who want answers from “professionals”, crossposting will
follow, beginners will be rudely shown the door and sent back to the
beginner’s forum. Everyone will start yelling at each other and
pandemonium will ensue.

I wouldn’t risk it.

-tim

On 9/21/06, [email protected] [email protected]
wrote:

I guess, that right now, the motivation would be the same like answering
such questions here. But maybe i can find some others … :wink: But the main
idea is, that other beginners correct them and learn from the errors.

Well, there’s always the most straightforward motivation of all: money.
Some
time ago I heard about a site called qunu.com (for a giggle, say it out
loud
in French) that offered experienced people money to answer noob (and not
so
noob) questions. I haven’t followed it. Does anyone know how it’s
working
out? A quick look at their home page shows sections for java, python and
PHP
but not Ruby.

On Sep 22, 2006, at 1:35 AM, Tim B. wrote:

There’s really no motivation for the
“professional” to browse a pure beginner’s forum and while the
beginners can answer each other’s questions

Pat Eyler and I were discussing this yesterday.

I was on the Perl Beginner’s mailing list for years and I can tell
you multiple smart people were regulars there. I can’t tell you why
they were all there, but my reason was that it felt good to help
people just like others did for me when I was learning. I’m pretty
sure some liked helping there because they could teach good Perl
habits to the newcomers.

Your theory is sound, but the professionals might just surprise you.

James Edward G. II

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