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by tilly (Archbishop)
on Jun 28, 2001 at 02:13 UTC ( #92089=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Writing answers for newbie questions
in thread Writing answers for newbie questions

You gave an example of an answer, after which people should know what to look up.

I pointed out legitimate reasons why a beginner would find that answer not helpful, and then proceeded to say that the answer is one I would give, but I would handle possible confusion by being ready with a list of useful references if the follow-up indicated confusion.

How did you get from that to the insane conclusion that I thought all posts should include the documentation for everything you used in answering the question?

People with unexpectedly poor backgrounds are like possible tangents in a conversation. They come up every so often, and you handle them with a lazy algorithm. If the person apparently has less background than your first response assumed, you deal with it by politely pointing out appropriate existing answers and tools.

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