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Re^3: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

by syphilis (Chancellor)
on Oct 23, 2007 at 10:17 UTC ( #646665=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?
in thread Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

That's interesting. A lot of people I read answers from may be like that -- they have speciailized knowledge others don't, and reading their answers is itself a form of education. I come here to learn, because my skills are more ground-level. You make me realize that some people post precisely for people like me.

The general assumption is that QA forums (usenet groups, mailing lists, web forums, etc) provide a service for people who have questions that require answers. My view is that the *real* value of these forums, in fact, is that they provide a service for people who like to *answer* questions (for whatever reason).

Well ... that might be taking it a little too far. Let's just say that "it works both ways" ...

I *do* know that I've learnt much more from answering questions, than I have from asking questions :-)

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Re^4: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?
by mr_mischief (Monsignor) on Oct 23, 2007 at 20:15 UTC
    Indeed. As nobull is often quoted over on c.l.p.misc:
    Get real! This is a discussion group, not a helpdesk. You post something -- we discuss its implications. If the discussion happens to answer a question you've asked, that's incidental. If you post a question that implies that you've got a problem finding answers to trivial questions in the manual, then it is perfectly reasonable for us to discuss how to do that.
    It's quite clear in my mind that much of the value in a site like Perlmonks isn't in getting an answer. It's in getting people thinking about how to solve the problem. At first glance, those might look like the same thing, but they really differ quite a bit. It's nice that the person asking gets help, but it'd be selfish to count on such a large resource to give up at one answer. The very broad array of ways in which programmers can solve problems lends naturally to discussion, and that's where deeper learning happens.

    We should especially be accustomed to TMTOWTDI in the Perl community, and discussion of options rather than a simple answer or a guided thought exercise seems the natural route to me.

      This thread is an example of what you're talking about, I think. At least it is for me. Yours is the third POV that is quite unlike what I had ever imagined. Many thanks!

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