In a message dated 11/13/01 4:03:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Show your work. If it is wrong or you are
> on the wrong track, we'll point you towards the right
> answer, but you may have to do your own work to get
> there. That's how you learn folks.
Patrick hit the nail on the head. I have yet to see anyone on this list
refuse to share their expertise, knowledge or opinion with others on this
list. BUT what I (and others) have noticed over the last year or so is that
more and more folks are asking for answers/information without (as Patrick
put it so well) showing their work. Nor do they seem to share their
'knowledge' with the list. They ask, but don't give. I didn't have a Sister
Hillary, but Fathers Melchior, Bede, Damian et al made sure that I showed how
I arrived at my answer.
Some folks may say why should I show how I got my answer? Why? Because if the
answer is wrong we or yourself can see where you went wrong.
So next time you want to ask a question please tell the list what sort of
work you have already done to solve the problem or to develop a solution. If
you don't know where to begin then say so.
When I first read the original query I thought to myself "just what we need
-- a Reader's Digest version". I didn't really mind the question as I got a
bit of chuckle from it. BUT what did get to me is that this was the first
posting to the listserv. No introduction at all. No idea as to how long the
poster has been in the profession or at their present company. So Please
let's remember to introduce ourselves, little background is always helpful.
So let's untwist the knickers, take a deep breath, count to ten and mix your
favorite drink as this to shall pass.
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