[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Kamal govindraj kamal.gs at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 13:15:04 CEST 2009

> I've considered this argument of a large working population being the
> reason
> for this. However this argument doesn't hold up because, if this
> supposition
> were true, then what would also be true is that the number of posts by
> people in the Indian developer community would be high. I find, very
> often,
> that this is not the case. Esp in the Ruby community. Nearly every
> Indian
> dev is somehow Rails connected, if at all, and nearly all of them ask
> poor
> questions.
I have worked with many people who are very reluctant to post to a forum
asking for help.  They will spend a whole day trying to figure out the
issue all by themselves. It became so bad that we had to institute a 30
minutes rule (if you can't solve an issue in 30 minutes - seek help) to
make sure too much time is not wasted on chasing issue which somebody
else might have solved already. I often find myself violating this a lot
of time,  in all these years I have hardly posted half a dozen times,
even that after spending considerable amount of time trying to solve it
myself.  Maybe this partially explains the limited number of posts.

It is also probably another one of those "small town" afflictions -  a
lot of us are too scared to say anything in public that might make us
sound silly/stupid.

One other reason for posts like these is probably the inability to
communicate in English. I have come across people for whom it takes a
lot of effort to write a full sentence in English.
I do agree that there are lot of incompetent developers - but I don't
think this is a India specific phenomenon. For one most of the items on
this - http://thedailywtf.com/ are not from India.

I also feel that we need to either ignore such requests (unless the list
gets inundated by those) are politely guide them to ways they can solve
such issues on their own / better ways of asking questions.  Being rude
will not help anybody - it will probably scare away a few more people
who would have posted a better question & found help.


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