[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Srijayanth Sridhar srijayanth at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 13:35:53 CEST 2009

> 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.

Could be.

> 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.

Very true. Not just a small town affliction per se. I think its symptomatic
of the education system at large which doesn't encourage active questioning.

> 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.

Same as above.


> 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.
Completely agree with you on all points. Excellent post.

Thank you,

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