Today at the Monastery, a conversation came up about users who perpetually post without formatting forcing editors to fix their work. I had this to say on the matter:
"here's the thing - lazy people who think the world owes them something will not put in the effort as long as other people are willing to do their work no matter how much those people grumble about it
To hear people complain about the speed or the thoroughness of very free answers people recieve at this forum and others boggles my mind and yet it happens every day
I would care to wager that PM has regular visits from some of the top 50 Perl programmers world wide giving out advice/expertise they normally charge for and yet a lot of people are still very ungrateful
well - while venting (which I did) is very healthy - droning on about it forever is not - it is a fact of life, it is frustrating, but unless there is something that can be done about it effectively, I am going to shut up about it"
I just don't get this. I am by no means perfect and have often been a bit terse with my help, but honestly - what are these people thinking?
This is Lord of the Flies all over - is man inheritently good or evil. The length to which some people will go to help others is directly proportional to the extent people will take advantage and exploit that help.
So why do I continue to help..... dunno - been trying to answer that question for a long time because I have been doing it all my life. My wedding planner claimed she knew the answer by asking a simple question:
Which is more important to you
1. Being liked
2. Being important
3. Being competent
The answer for me didn't take any time - being competent. I disagreed with her conclusion though since I have no need to prove my competency to others. My ego is so big I tend to discount their opinion anyway.
It's a mad mad world.....