Responding to trollish postings.
tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 26 18:04:05 EST 2005
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In response to my response to a trollish posting...
> There isn't any doubt that these 'tutorials' are generally unwelcome and
> unhelpful. Numerous people have kindly taken the time to flag some of the
> problems. So much so that any competent google of the archives would
> quickly reveal the group consensus on their instructional merit.
Yes, having advised many people to use Google, I thought it appropriate to
flag one particular section that I thought dangerous.
> I submit that continued corrections and advice of this sort are
I agree that 'correcting' Xah's writing is useless, and so I refrained. If
asked 'What's wrong with the part you flagged?', I would stick with my
original advice: "Ignore it".
> Could we try to ignore them in the hopes that without the light of
> attention they will wither, meanwhile trusting the many extant reviews
> and google to do their work?
I only read that particular post because it lacked the [Perl-Python] flag
and because I was interested in the subject. Sure, now that I have added
my one and presumably only review, let's everyone stop ;-)
> (In case it isn't obvious: none of this is intended as a criticism of
> Terry or any of the others who have been 'fighting the good fight'; I
> just think a change of strategy might be in order.)
No offense taken. My personal strategy is to read only as much of trollish
threads as I find interesting or somehow instructive, almost never respond,
and then ignore the rest. I also mostly ignore discussions about such
Terry J. Reedy
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