I've been a troubled lately by some responses to new members that I thought were a bit harsh. It is good to encourage folks to use Google and other resources to the fullest, but I'm afraid we're coming down too hard on the folks we want to welcome in. Any thoughts from the moderators?
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
And I think that goes for when MODERATORS aren't being nice, either. I'll admit to occasionally being a little grumpy when i've just gotten out of bed and see another post by someone with a bad screen name, or who has posted the question in multiple forums. (yes, this means I usually check the ranch before I have my morning coffee).
Everyone should feel free to report ANYBODY's 'not nice' behavior to a bartender or a sherrif.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: Exactly, even when instructing someone that a google search would be a better approach for broad questions such as "What is Ajax?" (a recent favorite), "please"s and "thank you"s should still be used.
Agreed, although I'm sure I am guilty of sometimes being too shortspoken. It's good to get a reminder from time to time.
So if you see me being grumpy, feel free to tell me directly - it's valuable feedback to me!
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus