*sigh* (was: Re: pcre-4.0 has been released)
ca9mbu at eos.sunderland.ac.uk
Sun Feb 23 06:37:53 PST 2003
"Richard A Downing" <richard.downing at bcs.org.uk> wrote in message
news:b3akkk$e3s$1 at quasar.highos.com...
> It was supposed to
> > imply that the newbies (or majority of them) don't use the archives
> > much as they should, and therefore as an under-used resource could
> > considered for removal.
> Of course we could do something REALLY RADICAL, and document how to
> archives effectively to solve common probelms, rather than just
> newbies - 'there's an archive on this URL... go use it.'
admittedly a bit blunt. I think a sentence or two should be added to
what is already under the "Mail Archives" section: Something along the
lines of "The mailing list archives can be searched using the
http://search.linuxfromscratch.org search engine. If this site is ever
unreachable then http://www.google.com can be used with the following
text (without the quotes) appended to your search criteria
> But of course useful documentation is not for Linux hackers, they like
> un-indexed, un-crossreferenced,
> And then they can make sarcastic jokes about newbies on mailing lists,
> feel superior.
Ouch...I still class myself as a newbie in many areas but I do generally
read the relevant documentation and the FAQs that it may point me to
before requesting help. This is what I regard a fundamental part of
netiquette. What frustrates me is when it is *obvious* that someone
hasn't even bothered reading any of the documents and is quite plainly
asking question after question in the hope that someone can hand-hold
them all the way. Others may have the time and the inclination to help
people in this way, but I certainly don't.
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