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Uri Guttman
August 17, 2009 20:45
Re: Perl "expert"
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>>>>> "RW" == Raymond Wan <> writes:

  RW> Forgive me in being harsh, but if your humble opinion reflects those
  RW> on this list, then I would be a bit surprise...  I did not realize
  RW> that this Perl mailing list was made up of two classes:  an exclusive
  RW> club of "experts" and everyone else.  I had always thought that we're
  RW> all equals here (someone will quip that some are more equal than
  RW> others :-D ) and everyone helps everyone else [if their time and
  RW> knowledge permits].  Am I mistaken, Steve?

it isn't that there are two classes or even N classes of members. it is
more a case of knowing your skill level when you jump in to help
someone. i don't answer all posts, only those which pique my my interest
or whatever. some easy questions, FAQs, etc. can and should be answered
by anyone who can. the issue comes with poor and wrong answers (and you
see plenty all over the web, usenet and here). offering code to someone
and asking for a critique may be useful to that poster but not to the OP
who needs working code (not that i support 'write my program'
either). so i was admonishing this poster (i forget who already) who
posted weak code to help someone else. his motivations were good but he
didn't have the perspective to know when to not post an answer,
especially when he admitted he was weak in perl. the situation of the
blind leading the blind can be very dangerous and i was trying to head
that off in this case. i have seen it lead to very bad situations where
the total newbie is suckered in to bad coding by someone they 'trust'
who befriends them but barely knows much more perl. 


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