[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Kenneth Gonsalves lawgon at au-kbc.org
Fri Jun 12 10:39:52 CEST 2009

On Friday 12 June 2009 13:59:09 Roshan Mathews wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Sriram Narayanan<sriramnrn at gmail.com> 
> > I've concluded that a vast number of our developers are actually
> > incompetent, and also clueless on how to self-study and to conduct a
> > search. Perhaps our education system has conditioned their minds to
> > mug up and to read various study guides, and they are unaware that in
> > the real world, self help is necessary.
> That's too harsh.  But there might be a kernel of truth in there, or
> it wouldn't have rankled anyone.  Maybe if someone has found out
> enough to locate a mailing list and post to it, we should just answer
> their questions and tell them how to go about things in the future.  I
> shouldn't talk, since I usually just ignore mails that are irritating,
> but if you care enough to reply, you might as well get your message
> across, and being snide isn't the way to go about that. :)

to add my 2 paise - I almost automatically recognise a fellow countryman on 
mailing lists and IRC by the fact that the post will be in SMS language, vague 
about the problem faced, often in the wrong forum and demanding 'plz send 
solution ASAP'.

the problem is that our education systems teaches tools and not concepts. And 
industry also wants people who can use tools and cannot think for themselves. 
Remember that most of our so-called IT industry does not produce software, but 
just writes code.

so when these poor souls venture into a world where creative thinking, self 
help, concept learning etc etc rules, they are as bewildered as a chicken 
trying to cross MG road. (or for that matter a small town guy like me trying 
to cross St Marks road)
Kenneth Gonsalves

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