Originally Posted by Freestone
It bothers me when people don't read the complete thread and jump in and offer a suggestion without regard to the whole thread.
I have a suggestion here. It's usually counterproductive to throw out veiled holier-than-thou digs at those trying to help you.
FWIW, there are lots of threads on these forums. Lots! I read and respond to quite a few, as do many other people offering their help for free. I can only speak for myself, but I do not read every post in every thread. I typically look at the original post, quickly scan it (not necessarily read it in depth), to see what the jist of the problem is. Then I quickly scan responses to see if my initial thoughts have already been covered by any other responder, or whether another responder has offered advice that I consider bad or incorrect.
This is because posts are often times overly verbose. My own are a prime example of this. What can be said in ten words, I'll say in 17,386. I know and understand this about myself, and certainly wouldn't fault someone for skimming my words and picking out the ten that are actually relavent.
The jist I picked up from your post was "Here's a guy who has filenames with dashes in them and he wants to rename those with spaces." I did scan a tad further, and picked up on your comment about "learning tr", so I dropped you a hint that related to spaces in filenames and double quotes. Didn't spell it out for you, but dropped you a hint.
You have to realize that your typical post-responder-helper-person may very well scan right over your "supporting details", home in on the "synopsis", and write off what you've already tried (and failed at) as "He's trying something pretty weird and inefficient, I'll suggest a better way."
I don't know about titopoquito, but I hit "submit reply" on my post above as I was being harried by my daughter, "Come on Dad, we have to go!" I did not preview it, nor reread your original post (things I usually do). Just a quick "I'll throw this guy something, and maybe it might help him". My suggestion may have been well off-base since it was done in haste without a complete question and thread review.
If it bothers you that people try to quickly help you without analyzing every word you have typed previously, it bothers me that you actually expect people to help you in the first place.