Besides reading PM, I'm a teaching assistant for an
undergraduate programming course, which produces questions
that are similar in scope. In my experience, there are two
kinds of questions:
- Inquisitive questions. The questioner needs (or
wants) to know something, and can't find it in the places
they know to look (which may be quite limited), so they
ask in a public forum. Usually, at the start of term,
most of these questions are right out of the textbook, but
the people who ask these questions tend to keep finding
references -- and using them -- as time goes on.
- Lazy questions. The questioner can't be bothered to
RTFriendlyM or STFunW for
their answer, so they post a question in a public forum
and offload the burden of research and explanation to
My point -- and I do have one, really! -- is that, in my
experience, the most useful answer to "basic" questions is
a quick pointer to the appropriate reference. The
inquisitive questioner will discover a new source of
information, and the lazy questioner won't waste as much of
your time (and may just discover how useful manuals are).
Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
Please read these before you post! —
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
- a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
| & || & |
| < || < |
| > || > |
| [ || [ |
| ] || ] ||