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Re: Newbies, trying to help, and where to draw the line?

by feloniousMonk (Pilgrim)
on Sep 10, 2002 at 14:24 UTC ( #196681=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Newbies, trying to help, and where to draw the line?

The way I handle this, is if *think* I know the answer but am not 100% sure, I will
test it out quickly if I can. If it works for me and I can't find an obvious flaw,
then I will still post with a warning like "I think this works"

Nothing is perfect, there will always be wrong answers, and
they will be used. But I don't think this forum is broken into 2 distinct groups
of "Teacher" and "Student", I think we are all learning so if an honest attempt is made at
helping then I think there is value there. Plus, I know if a flawed answer is posted, chances are
someone will yell at me and I will learn too.

I remember a problem I asked about over a year ago - a bunch of the first
answers were wrong but shielded with the "I think this may be right" warning...
No, they were not right but the ideas presented lead me to find a correct solution.
Without those "wrong" answers I would not have solved the problem.

So there's my 2 cents, YMMV :-)

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[1nickt]: TCLion are you parsing the dates with DateTime or another tool?
[1nickt]: I note DateTime::Format:: Flexible, announced immediately below this box in the CPAN feed
[Corion]: 1nickt: That one sounds sensible as it will tell you when it found an error
[1nickt]: Throws on error, I believe
[1nickt]: But should handle month as number or word
[TCLion]: I am breaking down the line and putting the date in the correct order during output
[TCLion]: at least that's the plan

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