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Suggesting such is like suggesting we should punish a good smaritan for failing to save somebody.
Been there. Done that.

if we are not up to your skill level, we should never answer a question?
Darn it. Why does everyone always drag this point into the extreme? Ludicrous. NO, I am not saying that. Let me answer by addressing your following question:
do people actually answer stuff knowing it is wrong?
I don't think so. But I bet a lot of people have a hunch it is wrong or untested, but in their arrogance, don't mark it as such.

That's all I'm asking, and I think that's reasonable.

If you don't know for a fact, with certainty, that your posted answer works from personal experience, please mark it as "untested" or "a guess" or "passed along without verification". When you mark your answer like that, I can determine to distrust the possible answer, not distrust you for either lying to me out of arrogance, or out of your own inability to determine your certainty of fact.

And you really don't want me or others distrusting you, right?

That's really all I'm saying. Don't read more into it than that. I'm just arguing for proper disclosure.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker


In reply to On Proper Disclosure of Trustworthiness by merlyn
in thread Newbies, trying to help, and where to draw the line? by Nemp

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