What we need is to get people like this guy off the list.
Perhaps instead of showing your arrogance (At what? NOTHING -- a frigging
mailing list, for chrissake -- how important is this in the grand scheme of
things? Oh, I know, you all are so very, very important!), you should suggest
starting a beginners list.
I'm very lucky. My provider provides an interface so it takes about three
minutes to set up a fully functional list.
The problem isn't with these new users who don't want to spend hours sifting
through extremely poor documentation, it's with people who are too lazy (I
know you'll read "important" instead of "lazy") to write good documentation.
Why do you think Microsoft is so successful? It isn't because of good
products, as we all know, it's because of documentation.
Anyway, I'm off this list. I don't have time for people like you.
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On Sat, 18 Sep 1999, Omar Thameen wrote:
[cogent complaints about people asking questions without apparently having
made any effort to find the answers]
:Does anyone else feel similarly, or am I just cranky?
If the latter, I'm cranky too :) I said the same thing (specifically
about the "smrsh" problem) recently.
:Do we need to moderate this list, or how about an autoresponder?
I'm not overly fond of moderation. Would an autoresponder be any better
than a "welcome" message which tells people where to find the FAQ, advises
research before asking a question, etc.? (I haven't looked at this list's
welcome message in a long time, but maybe it could be modified, if
necessary, to teach a little list etiquette.)
:Maybe we need more flaming around here ;-)
Or just a better class of list member :)
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