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From:Fred Read Date:April 13 1999 3:38pm
Subject:Re: FAQ vs Manual (was: Re: Creating a SQL script...)
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Ed Carp wrote:
> 
> In my experience, telling someone to go read the manual has been an exercise
> in futility - most people would rather be spoon-fed the answer rather than
> take the 5 or 10 minutes it would take to look it up themselves.  So, in the
> spirit of spoon-feeding Pablum to babies because they can't handle anything
> stronger, my FAQ would list short, concise answers to questions, along with
> links to the appropriate sections in the manual.

Point taken. 

I even suggested to Fred he add the Manual URL to the footers 
[yep, it's still there] in an attempt to minimise the number 
of questions that could be readily answered that way but it 
doesn't seem to have had too much effect!

> To be fair, sometimes people have bosses that come into their offices, ask a
> complicated question, and expect instant answers.  This tends to panic
> people, and so they post instead of taking a deep breath and reading.  Not
> their fault - they simply have been trained to react that way.  So, this
> document would serve two purposes - (1) to take a load off the list and
> folks therein, and (2) to help lower the blood pressure and stress level of
> people wo have morons for bosses. ;)

Yeah, I know what you mean. My boss can be a *real* pain at 
times but, then again, that's what you get when you run your 
own business!

PS: What's "Pablum" ?
-- 

If it ain't opinionated, it ain't Rich Teer.
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