If you had searched the list archives yourself you would have seen that
this has been suggested a few times and rejected each time because nobody
would stick around and answer the newbie questions and newbies, being
newbies, would figure out where the people who can answer their questions
hang out and ask there. So nothing would have been gained. But yes, we
could add something to the footer.


On Tue, 4 Jun 2002, Jay Blanchard wrote:

> Quite frequently on this list and others there are questions where it is
> obvious that the manual or list archives have not been searched. Heck, some
> of these are cross posted to many lists where the sender may think that they
> will get relevant information. On the MySQL list the footer even has this...
> Before posting, please check:
>    http://www.mysql.com/manual.php   (the manual)
>    http://lists.mysql.com/           (the list archive)
> But some have never, ever read it. The PHP list does not have anything in
> its footer about searching the PHP archives or http://www.php.net, but it is
> said so often that it should be common sense.
> Maybe those things should be at the top of the e-mail.
> There is a wide range of users out there, from absolute novice (where we all
> were once) up to supreme-ruler-of-the-(insert language/database/systems
> name)-universe. Novices may need to be gently reminded to search the
> archives and/or documentation and/or FAQ (after all, the same questions come
> up every week, and anyone who has subscribed to any list like this knows
> what questions will be posed this week).
> So I have an idea... :0
> Should we request that there be a list for intermediate/advanced users
> seperate from the general list? Those at the intermediate (and above) stage
> could monitor the general list and help newbies, while having a list where
> it is understood that persons thereon would have a more than passing
> knowledge of the subject matter.
> You may flame me now...
> Jay
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