[sf-perl] 100 levels deep in subroutine calls!

Andy Lester andy at petdance.com
Tue Jun 19 13:14:23 PDT 2007

On Jun 19, 2007, at 2:55 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

>> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
> Regrettably, I have to warn that one of that piece's co-authors is
> excessively loquacious, with sequipedalian tendencies.  A sad case,
> really.

Not to mention the tone of the document being unnecessarily anti- 
social, abrasive and aggressive.

"Never, ever expect hackers to be able to read closed proprietary  
document formats like Microsoft Word or Excel. Most hackers react to  
these about as well as you would to having a pile of steaming pig  
manure dumped on your doorstep. Even when they can cope, they resent  
having to do so."

"Much of what looks like rudeness in hacker circles is not intended  
to give offense. Rather, it's the product of the direct, cut-through- 
the-bullshit communications style that is natural to people who are  
more concerned about solving problems than making others feel warm  
and fuzzy."

"On Not Reacting Like A Loser"

"[Where can I find X?] The same place I'd find it, fool — at the  
other end of a web search. Ghod, doesn't everybody know how to use  
Google yet?"

"[Re: Windows questions]  Yes. Throw out that Microsoft trash and  
install an open-source operating system like Linux or BSD."

and then, most ironically, "There is no need of public humiliation  
for someone who may have made an honest mistake. A real newbie may  
not know how to search archives or where the FAQ is stored or posted."

I just added a note to my to-do list: "Adapt a less harsh, more  
welcoming version of Smart Questions".


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