[H-GEN] It's OK to ask questions

Ben Fowler fowlerb at optushome.com.au
Tue May 14 13:13:41 EDT 2002

G'day Robert, all and sundry,

On Tue, 2002-05-14 at 11:03, Robert Brockway wrote:
> > So don't be shy about seeking further information.  People won't
> > think you're an idiot and they will help with the answers.
> I back this 100%
> Unlike some usergroup lists The Humbug lists have a good culture of not
> putting people down when they ask questions that might seem basic to
> others.  If anyone puts someone down for asking a legitimate question 
> we'll be sure to beat them up with a large codfish.

I'm afraid that through personal experience and observation of others,
this isn't the case 100% of the time.  Unfortunately, despite our best
intentions, we don't always project the image of helpfulness and
courtesy we should be.  This /is/ a user-group, after all.

I find that I have great respect for technical skill and knowledge, but
only when it's accompanied by humility, courtesy and good humour.  FWIW,
Robert's especially good in this way.  If only I and everyone else were
like that!



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