Hello to all,

I don't know about some of you, but I think PHP and the rest of the whole
open-source movement is the coolest thing in the world. I also personally
think it takes a lot of effort and courage to make a transition from
proprietory Windows Apps (Windows OS, SQL Server, IIS, VB, etc.), which
Microsoft pays an exaustive amount of money to keep people addicted to it,
to something like Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP, or better known as LAMP, which is
almost a whole different world. For this reason, we need to be more lenient
toward newbies. I'm not trying to bring about a debate on Open Source vs
Microsoft, so let's not turn this into a bloody mess. I'm making use of the
best of both worlds when I can. It's like the saying, "I like the product,
but I don't like the government behind the product".

The reason for this mail is because I've seen a lot of not-so-good-treatment
towards newbies recently, and this bad trend will grow and we will
eventually scare them away from even giving PHP a chance. There are nicer
ways to say, "You big dummy, look in the archives and stop filling up my
mailbox with useless questions that have already been answered here before"
(an exaggeration). If a newbie overlooked the documentation, put on a good
helpful face and point them to the URL that can help them. If it's not in
the documentation and it seems like a simple answer, don't belittle them
with snobbish remarks. Don't be mean. Mean people suck. One day these
newbies will be in your position and they might help you out with a
difficult problem.

Anyway, my two cents worth. And again, please don't turn this into a

- Nilaab

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