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Re: Some questions about networking



2009/6/8 Patrick O'Callaghan <pocallaghan gmail com>:
> On Mon, 2009-06-08 at 11:19 -0700, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
>> Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> writes:
>> > These sound like homework questions the OP's asking us to answer to avoid
>> > doing the research.
>>
>> My money is on the bet that he is writing a Psychology paper to see how
>> different mailing lists respond to a new list member asking a string of
>> simplistic questions.  "How do I use ssh" was a classic.  Someone
>> pointed him to the man pages and he came back and reiterated he needed a
>> simpler explanation.  Here is what google dug up for him.  This is a
>> long trend.
>>
>>    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=X5O&q=%3Cgmspro%40yahoo.com%3E&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=
>
> Either that or he hasn't quite grasped the concept of a manual.
>
> Seriously, someone asking "how do I use ssh?" rather than "I tried to do
> foo with ssh and I can't get it to work" doesn't merit the handholding
> that's being going on here. There are plenty of people on this list
> willing to give their time and expertise to helping newbies, but the
> newbie can't expect to be spoonfed. Learning to help yourself is an
> essential step on the road to hacker nirvana.

Eric S Raymond has a page on this very topic:
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

(with apologies to John Summerfield from the RHEL list who's signature
I ripped this from)


-- 
Sam


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