in reply to Musings on the Basics....

Just a couple of notes. First you should not be surprised that you see the 'quick answers' people at help sites - where else should they go? Second the quick answers people ask many questions - so it is not surprising that they generate bulk of the question at the help sites. But frankly it is better not to judge anyone and mark them with this 'quick answer' label. If someone needs a quick answer - then let him have it. Perhaps he was reading the manuals but just forgot something, or dug himself into a hole by some misunderstending or perhaps he does not really want to learn Perl but just needs to fix a damned script that he uses for his work. There are many life circumstances - and it is impossible to be just in your judgement with such a incidental and remote contact.

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Re^2: Musings on the Basics....
by citromatik (Curate) on Apr 08, 2009 at 08:34 UTC

    I completely agree with your thought and would like to extend it to those who repeatedly answer questions with things like "we are not here to solve your homework" or "first show what you have tried", etc... I am not here to judge the motivations of the poster. IMO, when someone asks a question in a forum you have 2 options, try to answer it or don't try, but please, save us from moral lessons.


Re^2: Musings on the Basics....
by BJ_Covert_Action (Beadle) on Apr 08, 2009 at 20:15 UTC
    I would like to note that I was not attempting to judge anyone. If someone is in need of a quickfix and google is their path, it is not within my realm of experience to tell them to do otherwise. I, myself, have been in need of a hack or quick fix myself many times.

    The original post was simply meant to be something I noticed. Perhaps each post that inspired my view that people don't learn the basics was actually posted by someone who knows all of the basics and simply forgot them, or misplaced his reference sheet, or something. I will be the first to say that my own interpretation of things is/was/will be skewed and filtered in a manner that is pertinent to my own experiences.

    I suppose I was not looking to single anyone out or judge them or say that developing workarounds is a 'bad' practice. I was just interested in hearing if others interpreted things the way I did, and if others also notice the common practice of 'time before beauty.'

    As was so astutely pointed out earlier, </shrug>

      Ah - OK. I have to admit that I rarely read SOPW here - the questions are rarely interesting.