- Dec 2, 2013View SourceI knew a ham that when asked the time would teach you how to build a clock
-- Larryn4lbl <alan.schulman@...> wrote:For reasons I can't fathom computers seem to raise the hormone level of discussions. In my experience if a ham is asked what size resistor should go in series with some LED under some conditions there will be a discussion of ohms law and a solution, not a brief answer like "12Ω".As a retired IT person I've wondered why someone would ask the same question time after time. I'd bet that the most common reason is that they've, for whatever reason, not learned the basics. (Looking at that last sentence I could use some writing basics!) Given that belief I generally want to help with basics, but I try to be sensitive to when it is unwelcome. If I detect that I'll generally give a quick answer, once.Back to this thread: To my knowledge the original request one time. The long and short answers are both right.Alan,,, n4lblOn Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM, Simon Thompson <simonthompson67@...> wrote:
I would like to add an observation; the response to this question is a typical example of one group - I.T. types - responding to another group - Amateur Radio types - in a manner that works in one group, but not in the other. Generally, I think I.T. types tend to act as if they are protecting secret knowledge from the unworthy, but Amateur Radio types generally act as if they must share their knowledge with anybody who asks. Why this is the case, I do not know, but the stereotype of the obnoxious computer technician who can barely control his disgust at being forced to explain the "basics" to some morally-degenerate fool who doesn't know his command line from his packet server is not without a grain of truth.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Michael O'Bannon wrote:Sometimes even the the most motivated learner just needs a clear and unambiguous answer to move forward.�� Why not worry a bit less about the whether the questioner is self-actualized, and a bit more about fixing the immediate problem?�� Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
I agree completely, and there���s also the thought that the gentlemen may have just needed an answer quickly due to time constraints.
I���m in the linux learning process myself, and have been utilizing the ���google search��� for a lot, and even then sometimes come up with a dozen ways to accomplish the same thing.
I always preferred the teach a man to fish theory.�� But for that to work, they have to be willing.��