Quoting Geoffrey <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> This is the essence of the whole issue.  The bottom line is, Carol, or
> anyone else for that matter, deserved a real answer.

This is a misconception. People do not *deserve* answers to whatever question
they choose to ask.

There are good ways and bad ways to ask a question. The good ways involve a
minimum of (1) asking the right person (2) in a way that won't piss them off
(3) and waiting for the answer, and (4) reformulating your question if for some
reason you're not happy with it (the answer).

There's a whole essay that ESR wrote on this called "Asking smart questions" - a
lot of the time I disagree with ESR, but many of the points in this essay are
spot on.

One of the big no-nos in asking smart questions is not to feel that you have a
sense of entitlement.

This is, of course, not specifically directed at this thread (thus the topic
change), but is a general remark to people who feel they deserve any type of
answers to questions they ask.


Dave Neary
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