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I read the first part only and I find this person to be bitter and selfish. I am sure he've asked quick questions before he got to his current skills so I don't see why he can't give back what the community have given him. I asked quite a few questions on this board when I am pretty sure I can dig them up from documentations. The point is to save time and learn without any obstruction. The goal is to contribute to the open source while it gives something to you. Frankly I find him higher unhelpful to linux community and instead of asisting, he intimidate fellow linux n00bs. The guy is a bitch, no doubt about it.
I am very glad that not everybody who lives in Linuxland has the same attitude as this guy. His complete abhorrence for anybody asking a question is appalling. Although I do understand his stance (it is annoying when somebody asks a question that has already been answered about 50+ times, they just can't be bothered to look), it seems a little short-sighted. Everybody starts somewhere - even he did. His tone (if you can have one in text) comes across as the post-newbie that now considers themselves to be much above all others.
I, for one, and very glad that the majority of people in the Linux community do not take this guy's attitude. Where would most of us be if it wasn't for the howtos, and of course, places like this and the people here?
Distribution: Ubuntu 11.4,DD-WRT micro plus ssh,lfs-6.6,Fedora 15,Fedora 16
very interesting article, very oppinionated, I myself, while i don't consider myself exactly a newbie any more don't consider myself an expert, and am highly appreciative of the support that is provided at places like this. If it wern't for places like this, there would be more people eternally stuck, i do agree that some people can be lazy and ask 1000 questions that they could even look elsewhere on bulitans like this to find a post oon the exact topic, but patience is a virtue, for that same person might be the person in a position to help you later with something you've never thought of, if you were mean to them, and intimidated them, they mightn't be inclined to help you laer
These attitudes are prevalent so often. It's depressing but also understandable. I suppose patience is a variable for all people. One good point that I found in all of the griping is that people really do need to read those readme's. The only problem with this philosophy is that man pages are terse as hell. They are usually written by someone who understands the application inside and out. You cannot impart that level of understanding on someone unfamiliar either by osmosis or bullying. Hell, if someone wants to lord over their knowledge about one specific part of a micro-sized (compared to the rest of the computing world) community I suppose they're entitled. It's kind of sad, though, and makes me really happy that communities like this one exist.