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Re: My little rant.....

by LazerRed (Pilgrim)
on Jul 21, 2003 at 19:47 UTC ( #276428=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Please read nodes carefully before replying

I was going to say something along the lines of the first response, but I went back and read your thread that you are refering to. I guess when someone is unfamilar with something, but they are still eager to assist, they are likely to reply with anything they can think of with the hopes that it will help.

The only thing I can say is that the responders to your question had not run into that particular issue, and were only trying to be helpful.


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Re: My little rant.....
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Jul 21, 2003 at 23:38 UTC
    Yeah, my little nephew is also eager to assist, even when it's not helpful. But I forgive him, he's only four.

    From adults, I'd expect to know that not helping is usually better than helping if you are unfamiliar with it. Or at least put up some flashy lights.

    One should realize that each bad answer to a question decreases the value of "Super Search", because a search engine doesn't distinguish between good and bad posts, and what's worse, the user of "Super Search" often can't either.


      Thank you for understanding my point. It was not my intention to belittle or berate people for posting in this fashion. My intent was to start a discussion on what I consider to be 'trivial' replies to posts.

      By 'trivial' I mean posts that offer no real tangable assistance. Again if I post 'I've tried XXX and it dosen't work as well as I would like, are there other ways?' and someone replies simply 'Use XXX' that is of no assistance and lowers the value of that whole thread to someone who may not fully understand the topic.

      If one were to reply "Use XXX. In my experiance using XXX versus YYY and ZZZ I have found that ......", this would be much more helpfull even though it proposed the same solution I had posted.

      Also, I do not believe, in general, that the persons posting the 'redundant' information are doing it strictly for XP, but it is basic human nature to want to add your two cents and be heard. As anyone can see, my XP is not very high as that is not a concern of mine. I, like you, attempt to refrain from posting unless I have solid information that may add to the total information of the thread.

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