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Re(2): Take it easy on --

by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
on May 06, 2002 at 16:59 UTC ( #164384=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Take it easy on --
in thread Take it easy on --

    If downvoting a question, even those that are well-intentioned, will help a new/Anonymous Monk learn how to ask an educated question, then so be it.

I am very skeptical that downvoting a "newbie" question will help its poster learn to ask questions well. A terse response, with an admonishment to RTFM or STFW (and perhaps pointers to the appropriate parts of the FM or FW), gives the questioner an idea of what they did wrong (failed to research their question) and how to fix it (research their question next time). A link to an appropriate node, or perhaps to this essay, is even better, but more work. (Ideally, every monk would put all reasonable effort into educating the novitiate, but let's face it: we don't have time. Sometimes, RTFM is all we have time for.)

A lone downvote carries inadequate information: it says that "someone doesn't like your node", without saying why. That makes it difficult feedback to learn from (can you tell that I've an interest in machine learning? :-), and the unfortunate novice who posts a stupid naive or frequently asked question, only to see it downvoted into oblivion, is more likely to leave in disgust than recognize and correct their error.

So let's not pretend that we're doing someone a favour by summarily downvoting their redundant nodes, okay?

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:wq


Comment on Re(2): Take it easy on --
Re: Re(2): Take it easy on --
by apotheon (Deacon) on Oct 20, 2004 at 05:57 UTC
    Your "this essay" link seems to redirect to one of a seemingly random series of websites (which I don't think was your intent). Apparently, whatever essay you originally intended no longer exists.

    By the way, I agree with the sentiment of this node: more information is better.

    - apotheon
    CopyWrite Chad Perrin
      Your "this essay" link seems to redirect to one of a seemingly random series of websites (which I don't think was your intent). Apparently, whatever essay you originally intended no longer exists.

      Yeah, esr's domain morphed. I'll fix it.

      --
      Yours in pedantry,
      F o x t r o t U n i f o r m

      "Lines of code don't matter as long as I'm not writing them." -- merlyn

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