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Old 11-24-2008, 11:11 PM   #16
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Thank you ehawk.

Linux Questions is a forum that Linux users come to get answers to questions no matter how dumb they sound.


Why did you sign up here and post such a stupid question, get out of here and go look it on Google.


We will not help you with your homework go look it up on Google.

If the owner of this forum is going to allow users to be treated like that then I would say shut it down. Because its defeating its purpose.

Sorry it was getting deep in here and to put my boots on.

And I'm sorry to the OP for hijacking your thread.
Old 11-25-2008, 01:03 AM   #17
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In the last few moments before this gets closed......

I am one who is at times a bit hard on the more flagrant homework posters. At the same time, when there is a sign of some effort, I am often the first to help. I routinely have a hard time making the call....

There is a big difference between a total neophyte asking dumb questions and a college student that simply posts the instructor's assignment sheet with no evidence of effort. While the neophyte is often willing to make a significant effort, he/she is also probably not seeking a career in IT. OTOH, we have a right to expect more from the college student.

LQ is here to help people---regardless of the condition in which they arrive. We are NOT however here to help people that abuse us. Study the pattern of the worst of the "homework trolls": Post a question with no evidence of prior effort and then never respond to even the most polite suggestions, hints, or requests for clarification. That is abuse.

I suggest that we all make our individual decisions about how to respond to specific kind of things. Ideally, if our responses are all made in good faith, we can avoid the personal attacks and vitriol. Don't like the position I take on something? Fine---do it your way and--if you like--tell me why you did not like my approach. But, whatever you do, try to keep it constructive.
Old 11-25-2008, 07:07 PM   #18
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I did read the posts for and against the proposed locking of "lazy homework" threads. I was referring to the claims of those in favor of such heavy-handed and as some described it "disproportionate" responses. I also was pleased to note that "kinder, gentler" heads prevailed.


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