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Old 11-23-2010, 03:58 PM   #31
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I agree, that's what I said earlier. (and if you look up a few posts, you will see I quoted the same thing you did). However, as I understand it, people can post their homework questions, and we _CAN_ do it for them. But I agree, we _SHOULD_ help them find the answer and _NOT_ do it for them. The point is, we aren't breaking the rules if we do if for them.


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Originally Posted by forrestt View Post
If you do not have access to a Linux system, try this link:

Removed link as it wasn't useful.
I hope that was a link to something like
that has online man pages but not the RHEL specific ones, such as service.
By which I mean, I hope you didn't remove the link to an actual online man page for service, because you might somehow think an online man page is not useful.

Lots of people have reason to look something up in a man page when they are away from the relevant Linux system and/or don't have the right man pages installed.

So if you happen to know where the Centos (or RHEL) man pages can be read online, a link to that would be helpful in this thread.

Originally Posted by forrestt View Post
The answer could easily be read as "Try putting 'man services' as your answer"
I'm amazed at the amount of argument on that question, but I'll still jump in with my opinion: I think it is perfectly OK to write an answer that assumes some minimum level of competence on the part of the OP, if that is a level below that of someone you would expect to already know the answer and maybe as high as someone who would have a legitimate reason to ask the question.

I think the answer "Try man service" is fine.

Originally Posted by forrestt View Post
Thus, you are free to ask homework questions, we are free to answer homework questions, but you are NOT allowed to EXPECT us to answer them.
I've always been bother by the strange way that rule was phrased and I've always preferred to pretend some more reasonable meaning was intended.

But if you want to dig that deeply into the phrasing of the rule, consider this.

Misinterpreting man service as the answer to the original homework question is then itself a violation of the rule. (The OP would misinterpreted that reply as the homework answer only if the OP expected the reply to be the homework answer).

If you obey the rule, then you know the reply is some relevant suggestion (at least in the mind of the poster) but not a usable answer to the homework question.
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Closing this train-wreck of a thread.

If people feel like discussing philosophical topics
like "right & wrong in the context of a web-forum with
special attention to its rules paid, and the implications
of linguistics in this context" start a thread of your
own in GENERAL, and leave the OPs thread alone.


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