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Re: Re: Beware the Trolls!

by Rich36 (Chaplain)
on Dec 28, 2001 at 20:54 UTC ( #134908=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Beware the Trolls!
in thread Beware the Trolls!

"As is the case in so much of life, context is everything. Judgement has to enter into it. Personally, I'm inclined to run the risk of helping the lazy to avoid the risk of quelching someone's drive to learn."

I agree. It's sometimes tough to draw the line between those looking for easy answers and those who are actually trying to learn.
I think the thing to do is when something looks like homework, point them to resources instead of just handing them code. If they're not willing to do the work to figure out at least part of the equation, they don't deserve the answer. When someone's made the effort of writing and posting some code (or at least formulating an intelligent question that shows that the individual has at least tried to tackle the problem) and saying "This doesn't work - and I can't figure out why", then I think it's entirely appropriate to help them by solving their problem - and provide an explanation as to why that works.

Rich36
There's more than one way to screw it up...


Comment on Re: Re: Beware the Trolls!
Re(3): Beware the Trolls!
by dmmiller2k (Chaplain) on Dec 28, 2001 at 21:36 UTC
    "... the thing to do is when something looks like homework, point them to resources instead of just handing them code. If they're not willing to do the work to figure out at least part of the equation, they don't deserve the answer."

    Exactly.

    Thanks, Rich36 for articulating my point better than I was apparently able to do.

    Judgement is absolutely the key to responding appropriately.

    dmm

    You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day ...
    Or, you can
    teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime

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