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August 20, 2009 15:13
Re: Perl "expert"
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>>>>> "Ian" == Ian  <> writes:

>>> Ian wrote :
>>> This is how I would do it.

I don't think that's strong enough to clearly state "I have not tested this,
but I hope this works".  I would read that as "of all the possible ways
that you can do this, I've done it this way, and found this to be the best."

(And I haven't read the rest of the thread, but I'm guessing that it actually
didn't work.)

I hope you can see the difference in meanings.  If you can't,
step back a bit, and err on the side of always saying "I think this might
work...". :)

What people want to know if you post an answer is if they're using
a proven solution or not.

If you imply that you have a proven solution, you are lying to them.  I ask
that you don't lie in that way.  But nobody would fault you for saying
"this is not a proven solution... I'm guessing that the following might

That's really *ALL* we ask.  Be truthful here.  You can be at any expertise,
and provide an answer (right or wrong), but don't *lie* about your level of
confirmation for the result.

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