On Tue, February 18, 2003 5:00 pm, Andrew Kohlsmith said:

> Indiscriminately telling people "go there and try" is a little cold in my
> opinion, especially since it's so closely related to the list subject and
> you already know the answer.
> My father used to do something similar to me -- "What's [insert word here]
> mean?"  "Go look it up." -- He knew the answer, and it would have taken
> less energy and effort to just tell me in a single sentence or two, but
> he made me go look it up -- what did it teach me?  Virtually nothing.

When I was starting to learn about qmail and vpopmail I had a former
colleague and good friend to call on as a resource. His answers to me
were, more often than not, along the lines of "man dot-qmail" or "What do
the logs say?". Sometimes this would frustrate me if I was looking for a
quick fix but I am eternally grateful to him for this approach as I now
know so much more about the subject (take a bow Mark P!)

As the saying goes:

"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and
you have fed him for a lifetime."

Or, alternatively:

"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to use the
Net and he won't bother you for weeks."


Robin Bowes |

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