[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Mandar Gokhale stallomir at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 08:20:10 CEST 2009


Depends upon the focus of the thread as well right? I mean a lot of threads,
like this one, will have an overwhelming prevalence of Indian people. Seems
to me that labeling the average Indian developer that way just might be a
tad unfair.



On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Srijayanth Sridhar
<srijayanth at gmail.com>wrote:

> Good points, but what I am most curious about is why this phenomenon is so
> prevalent in the Indian dev community and not as pervasive elsewhere. The
> ruby community is rife with apt examples. The average Indian developer will
> pop up and demand answers for a really silly Rails question or something.
>
> Jayanth
>
>
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM, Pradeep Gowda <pradeep at btbytes.com>wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:31 AM, Sridhar
>> Ratnakumar<sridhar.ratna at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 3:22 AM, Srijayanth Sridhar<srijayanth at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > I don't know the reasons either, but would like to know too.
>> >
>> > I often think the best way to handle such posters is to momentarily
>> > divert the topic of the conversation to their own interest-level,
>> > curiosity and self-learning .
>> </snip>..
>>
>> I think it's best to ignore mails from users who do not care enough to
>> use their real name/nick while asking questions. The user in question
>>  introduced himself as prasad, but we scan mail titles before reading
>> mail content. Most people wouldn't care to  read a mail from
>> "testing123 test<swtest123 at gmail.com>", let alone answer it.  Online
>> forums are just like real life communities, where people  judge  you
>> by what you say and how you say it.  It's hard to relate to a
>> anonymous, faceless name like "testing 123".  Use your real name. [1]
>>
>> If the same question is asked by some one who "appears" to be a real
>> person, it might still be worth answering them, at the same time also
>> pointing them to a net etiquette
>> link [2]. In good faith, we can assume that the user in question is
>> really new to using forums/mailing lists etc.,
>>
>> Over time, most people do learn how to do their home work and in turn
>> ask smart questions.
>>
>> I'll see whether our membership welcome messages can be improved to
>> reflect this.
>>
>> Happy hacking,
>> Pradeep
>>
>> [1] http://informationarchitects.jp/use-your-real-name-when-you-comment/
>> [2] http://catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
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