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

by Necos (Friar)
on Sep 06, 2002 at 03:51 UTC ( #195562=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

I know it's been said 2 ** 4000000 times, but I'll say it again. If you think you know the answer, just be sure that you state that you're somewhat clouded as to whether or not your suggestion is correct. To give you an example, in this article, I mentioned something about, of which I was not totally sure. Abigail was quick to point out that what I said is both right and wrong ( use Config; will work if the @INC is compiled in the perl executable correctly). It was a slight misunderstanding on my part (since I've only dealt with pre-compiled binary versions of Perl).

Yes, I was somewhat embarassed about being wrong. But, on the other hand, it was a learning experience for both the poster, as well as myself. Sometimes wrong answers can splinter off into a really interesting discussion. Just be honest about your knowledge of Perl and try to help where you can.

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Re: Re: Newbies, trying to help, and where to draw the line?
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Sep 06, 2002 at 04:33 UTC

    Huh. I don't think it's neccessary to say that you could be wrong. I think that the ability to be wrong is fundemental to being human. Even a Saint can be wrong -- even if you ask the Catholic church. In fact, it is abilty to be wrong that defines the soul, according to many religious philosiphers.

    Anybody can be wrong. And I think, realisticly, very few answers to most questions contain tested code.

    Warning: Unless otherwise stated, code is untested. Do not use without understanding. Code is posted in the hopes it is useful, but without warranty. All copyrights are relinquished into the public domain unless otherwise stated. I am not an angel. I am capable of error, and err on a fairly regular basis. If I made a mistake, please let me know (such as by responing to this node).

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