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Uri Guttman
August 18, 2009 20:18
Re: A side note
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>>>>> "RW" == Raymond Wan <> writes:

  RW> Correct them sure.  But, is it straight-forward to say that everyone
  RW> seeking for help wants the "best answer"?  Especially with Perl when
  RW> there are multiple answers, the best answer may be difficult to
  RW> comprehend to some newbies. Someone at just a slightly higher level
  RW> may word the answer in a way that is understandable.

well, best is subjective too. good enough may be all the newbie
needs. sometimes the best solution is still over their skill level. but
bad solutions or code is always bad for the newbie, even if it may
possibly work some of the time on some of the data.

  RW> And what if A tries B's code, fails and asks again and B continues
  RW> replying? Ok, A didn't get the "best answer" immediately; but
  RW> isn't it a bad idea to stop such discussion?  And sure, a few
  RW> mails later, B gives up and someone else steps in.  Is that a bad
  RW> thing?  C can also do some "lurking" form time-to-time, right?
  RW> (NB: I have little sympathy for people who ask a question and say
  RW> "I have my homework due tomorrow and need the best answer now."
  RW> :-) )

all subjective. this example started when someone posted poor code for a
solution and he did ask for review of it. it would have been better if
he had stated this was his newbie attempt and he was just looking for
review of it, and not offering it to the OP as an answer.


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