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As Valdis seems to be a bit alone, I want to support his position briefly.
Fishing expeditions, on the order of I don't know anything (and I don't
want to bother learning) are not useful ways of eliciting information.
They usually take the form of "Please tell me everything you know about X
Much more useful is reading up on X, and then sending a message saying
"Given what we know about X [with details], could you help me understand X
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