No, he should make an attempt to answer the question that was posed rather than point at a generic answer that resides on another site.
Not everyone is aware of the body of my work on my site. Over 160 articles, many of which address the questions that come up here.
Had the original poster said "I read merlyn's article on...", I'd never have referred them back to there. But I bet there's info in that article that applies, and more. Hence, it's a useful contribution, with a very large reward-to-effort ratio.
Yes, I could spend more time constructing a custom answer. But I didn't, this time. I do, sometimes. I try to make a positive contribution. Are you saying I'm making a negative contribution? Maybe it's not as positive as you want. Fine. Keep wanting that. But I may or may not satisfy you. I can only hope I'm helping to satisfy the original poster, and I'll let them speak for themselves.
Also please stop accusing me of taking action because I'm smug. F.U., if you think that. Stop putting me on a pedestal. That's your problem, not mine. Get over your trip with apparent authority. I'm just a guy. I write a lot, but everything I write has to stand on its own, not on some sort of historical reputation that you think I have. I don't ask for any kind of respect but what the next guy already gets from you. If you're not willing to give me that, then it's your apparent problem with the "me" that's in your head, not the actual me.
-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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