Originally posted by Chris Stewart: This example is exactly why people hate this place.
I'm drifting a bit from the topic here, but I think it's worth saying. I've been signed up with this forum for less than a month. In that time, I've easily seen over a dozen people ask about sending, parsing, or otherwise working with Excel sheets in Servlets/JSPs -- many within days or hours of each other. I've personally answered this 3 or 4 times.
Seeing that Mr, Wenting has had 3600 posts and has been signed up since Oct of 2000. I think it's safe to say that he has probably seen that same question asked over a hundred times.
Experienced developers get tired of answering the same question over and over. The more experienced they are, the faster they will tire. Some will take the time to write a FAQ. Some, as Mr. Wenting has done will generously take the time to remind the asker that there is a way to search the list for the answer. Most, however, will just leave and not bother anymore.
If people who don't want to check to see if a question has been answered before asking it hate a given forum and leave, it doesn't hurt the forum. If someone who knows enough to answer the better questions leaves because they've burned out due to the endless repetition caused by the former type, then the forum/list suffers.
Sometimes RTFM, STFW, or GIYF are the best answers.
Joined: Sep 29, 2001
Where's the harm in just leaving the thread alone when you have nothing productive to say? Too many people enjoy being rude, esp here.
Ben got the point across the correct way.
Joined: Oct 12, 2000
I've answered this question myself at least a dozen times in the last year alone. At some point it gets extremely repetitive...
Maybe some people don't know there's a search function, in which case pointing it out helps them.
If they do know but are too lazy to use it, why help them at all?
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