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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • An alternate approach is to let the person finish stating their question (as they began to), answer it, and then in conclusion suggest an alternate way to phrase the question next time.
    • Sure. My initial thought was, "Is this guy going to actually ask a question, or just wait to have someone say, 'I am here and listening.'?" That's a common IRC problem.

      There are limits to how solicitous I'm willing to be to people who come asking for free help, too.

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      rjbs
      • Impatient teachers make bad educators. In general, impatient people make bad company.

        Maybe you need to take a vacation, or do some yoga, or start asking money for your knowledge (aka start consulting).

        Maybe you could draw some conclusions and learn from this experience, rjbs.

        • This is not about being impatient, it is about trying to make sure that the applicant is actually going to realize he should ask his question.

          I'm not sure I can avoid sounding like a conceited jerk when I say that if you think I am an impatient teacher or person, you do not know me very well.

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          rjbs
      • My initial thought was, “Is this guy going to actually ask a question, or just wait to have someone say, ‘I am here and listening.’?”

        Just ignore him. If he says “hello? anyone awake?”, only then prompt purl for the ask-to-ask spiel. If he doesn’t ever say that, and doesn’t ask his actual question either, well, tough luck.

        I have found that trying to correct people’s behaviour, regardless of how well you mean, isn’t worth the hassle. If they don