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  • Do you ever go to help forums and encounter knowledgeable regulars with attitudes and/or poor critical reasoning? Do you ignore the negatives, or do you find a way of subtly addressing them?


  • sockdevs

    In general when i go to help forums and encounter that sort of thing i start looking really hard at the product i have that sent me to the forums and asking myself "What else could i use to perform the tasks X performs?"



  • @tharpa said in Help forums:

    do you find a way of subtly addressing them?

    No.



  • @tharpa If the knowledgeable regulars are that difficult, imagine how difficult the product owners/developers are and whether that impacts the software's robustness.



  • @accalia said in Help forums:

    "What else could i use to perform the tasks X performs?"

    Your only choices are Wayland or Mir :wink:


  • sockdevs

    @TimeBandit said in Help forums:

    @accalia said in Help forums:

    "What else could i use to perform the tasks X performs?"

    Your only choices are Wayland or Mir :wink:

    in that case i choose...

    0_1475700394419_upload-635318d2-e4bf-43bd-a197-6743acea975b



  • @tharpa said in Help forums:

    Do you ever go to help forums and encounter knowledgeable regulars with attitudes and/or poor critical reasoning? Do you ignore the negatives, or do you find a way of subtly addressing them?

    Fuck you, give me money.


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    @tharpa said in Help forums:

    Do you ever go to help forums and encounter knowledgeable regulars with attitudes and/or poor critical reasoning?

    [Insert blakeyrant about some open-sores product here.]

    Do you ignore the negatives, or do you find a way of subtly addressing them?

    Usually, there's no point in arguing with them.



  • Until you have been to a Perl "help" forum for something other than amusement and curiosity you have not suffered. 9 times out of 10 the first line in any response is along the lines of ...why would you want to do that...; ...if you are asking this question you are doing it wrong... etc. 7 times out of 10 there is no second line

    INB4: There is a lot of negative attitude (humorous or otherwise) directed at PHP here, but it is nothing compared to that given by "pure" Perlists to anybody else using Perl. There are a great number of similarities in the evolution of Perl and PHP, fortunately (so far) the PHP community have remained tolerant to causal users of it.



  • @loose said in Help forums:

    Until you have been to a Perl "help" forum for something other than amusement and curiosity you have not suffered. 9 times out of 10 the first line in any response is along the lines of ...why would you want to do that...;

    My pet hate.

    *...if you are asking this question you are doing it wrong...

    Especially ironic giving that the Perl motto is "There's more than one way to do it."


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    @chozang said in Help forums:

    *...if you are asking this question you are doing it wrong...

    :wave: I'm guilty of that!

    Of course, it's when my cousin asks me something that smells of bad idea. Like "How do I stop users from crashing my server when they put a ' in their password?"


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    @sloosecannon said in Help forums:

    I'm guilty of that!

    Me too, but at least I usually post an explanation.


  • Dupa

    @Lorne-Kates said in Help forums:

    @tharpa said in Help forums:

    Do you ever go to help forums and encounter knowledgeable regulars with attitudes and/or poor critical reasoning? Do you ignore the negatives, or do you find a way of subtly addressing them?

    Fuck you, give me money.

    He could always sue them for libel.



  • @tharpa said in Help forums:

    Do you ever go to help forums and encounter knowledgeable regulars with attitudes and/or poor critical reasoning?

    I tend to encounter regulars who don’t seem to have any useful suggestions beyond what I’ve already tried before posting my question. (Thus ending up with the usual problem: mention everything you’ve already figured out in your opening post and get no replies because you are probably telling the “knowledgeable” regulars things they didn’t know yet, or don’t mention all that and be told to try stuff you already figured out doesn’t help.)


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