I am amused that someone who apparently cannot spell
"sensible" is willing to criticize the quality of English
in a post with no grammar errors or spelling mistakes.
As for the analogy you made, I thought this was closer to
McDonalds than a private club. OK, so we have things we
can do about the occasional solicitor and other people in
need of basic toilet training. Well so does McDonalds.
But if you are interested in Perl, you don't need a
reservation and you don't need to wait for a table. As
for dress, well half of us are in jeans and t-shirts
already so come as you are.
That is how I thought this place was. It is certainly how
I want it to be. If it isn't how people want this place to
be, then perhaps I should take up chess and hang out with
the bums in Washington Sq Park. That sounds like more fun
than listening to people pontificate about what others need
to do to deserve to be in their presence.
As for beginner questions, well yesterday a perfectly
reasonable question didn't get answered. It got
deleted. Looking at the question, I don't think that it
should have been. It was written in correct English. It was
polite. I can visualize people I respect saying that.
I don't have reason to believe that the asker was
in any way stupid or unworthy.
OK, so the asker did not know about tools that a lot of us
do. But we have lots of questions like that.
Should ignorance be punished?
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