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August 20, 2009 15:16
Re: Perl "expert"
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>>>>> "Raymond" == Raymond Wan <> writes:

Raymond> Personally (and we're now nit-picking natural [human] language), the
Raymond> fact that these words are coming from my fingers implies it's an
Raymond> opinion.  "I think..."  is always implied unless each time I typed a
Raymond> word, I asked a committee for consensus.  :-)

No.  You can (and should) distinguish between "things I've tested only
in my head" and "things I've tested by acting them out in real life".

I'm pretty sure most humans can tell the difference, but most humans also want
to know which of the two they are dealing with when listening to someone else.

For example, I'm familiar enough with Perl now that nearly all answers I give
are "yes, I've actually done this".  And of the ones where I've not actually
done it, about half of the remainder are likely to be right, and of the
remainder of those, about half of those will get flagged with "I think this
might work".

This is what makes me trustworthy here.  If you want this kind of respect, do
the same: if you've actually *tested* a solution, say so.  If you haven't
tested it, ask yourself if you want your trustworthiness tested instead. :)
And if not, say, "I *think*..."

No harm in that.  No shame in that.  Just disclose, please.

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