Steering novices in the right direction

Andrew MacIntyre andymac at bullseye.apana.org.au
Wed Nov 21 10:50:51 CET 2001


On Tue, 20 Nov 2001, Oleg Broytmann wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 20, 2001 at 05:24:06AM -0600, Skip Montanaro wrote:
> > I've lately been thinking since the correct response to many "where can I
> > find ...?" questions is, "have you tried google?" or at least "have you
> > searched yet?" that perhaps the footer added to the end of all
> > python-list at python.org mailings should include a line like
> >
> >     Ask here first: http://www.python.org/search/
> >
> > or
> >
> >     Before asking where something is, check Google: http://www.google.com/
> >
> > Even better would be if Mailman could pick a random line out of a file to
> > use as the footer.  That way you could have all sorts of interesting
> > subliminal messages.
> >
> > Any thoughts on the general idea of embellishing the footer?
>
>    Good idea. Something like this:
>
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It is a good idea.  The sad bit is that such a small percentage of those
intended to benefit will respond to such education :-(

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