Google Not Universal Panacea [was: Re: Where to find python c-sources]

Steve Holden steve at
Sat Oct 1 11:21:46 CEST 2005

Erik Max Francis wrote:
> Steve Holden wrote:
>>While a snappish "go and look it up on Google" might suffice for a 
>>mouthy apprentice who's just asked their thirteenth question in the last 
>>half hour, it's (shall we say) a little on the brusque side for someone 
>>who only appears on the group last February, and has a history of asking 
>>reasonably pertinent though sometimes beginner-level questions.
> I told him exactly where it was.  I just also pointed out that he could 
> have trivially found out the answer on his own by using Google for 
> fifteen seconds.  It would be one thing if I (and nobody else) answered 
> his question and just rudely pointed him to Google.  But since I 
> actually answered his question, looks to me like someone just wanted to 
> stand on his soapbox today.
I don't think "The source tarball on" could claim to be 
telling him "exactly where it was" given that my copy of the web site 
has 341 MB of stuff in it.

Just that same, if you are saying that your behaviour didn't really 
merit my response then I'd probably agree. Your post was the straw that 
broke the camel's back rather than an egregious example of bad manners. 
So I'm sorry if it looked as though the soapboxing was directed 
primarily at you, which it wasn't.

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