On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 1:55 AM, Klaus S. [email protected] wrote:
Maybe I was biased because I read Eric Raymonds nice text about
“How To Ask Questions The Smart Way”
some days before.
Its hard enough being new as is, there is just so much information, and
much of it you either need experience or have someone experienced in
to learn it. Perhaps I am biased in that I don’t have anyone experienced
help me (ruby talk is my users’ group), which makes learning that much
more difficult. I read a lot of books, watch a lot of screencasts, try a
of ideas, fail a lot, try again, fail again, try again, until I
hit the “oh” point where I understand the concept well enough that it
actually makes sense.
There probably are lots of losers (a word the smart-questions article
synonymizing with newbies), but there are also a lot of people like me,
are just overwhelmed by their ignorance, and maybe don’t even know what
right question is, or why their question is bad or doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, I figure if an instructor wanted me to gather information about
language, I would think that addressing the language’s community
would be a good resource – who would know better? So I would be
to have them tell me I was trying to slack off.
Anyway, I hate the smart-questions article, it reminds me of all the
assholes who hang out in the bash irc channel, they won’t help you
out the simple obvious problem that they could solve in one line, until
you’ve been humiliated for a half hour or so. Getting an answer there is
exercise in tenacity and humility. Aside from the “it wasn’t me, it was
Asperger’s”, the article just reeks of bully on a playground. The
observe lists for days before posting just shows its all about who is
of the hill, better respecting their turf, and even though the premise
the advice is that your question is perfect, you shouldn’t just ask, or
you’ll get clobbered by the breadth of their egos.
So, I try to help people newer than me out as often as possible. And may
gods bless Stack Overflow (though, questions like this aren’t
well received there, either).