Who is allowed to help on this list. was: Scim does not work with openoffice -- off-line
I find the idea that knowing 'sufficient basics' is a requirement to
be able to help others. Most of the times, it is simple configuration
file changes that might be enough to get a software working. One does
not need 'sufficient basics' to tell someone else what configuration
changes he made.
Of course, the person taking the advice might sometimes need
'sufficient basics' to be sure whether that the configuration changes
he would be doing on the advice of someone else, does not turn out to
be fatal or deletes important files or simply grant some wings to the
computer that would fly away from the house.
I have received a lot of help from experts and non-experts and I would
like all the advice flowing in when I face issues.
On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM, Lisi Reisz <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 28 January 2009 16:15:18 you wrote:
>> Please be careful to tell some info like this to others. I know I fail
>> sometime but ... knowing sufficient basics is good idea before telling
>> people what to do.
> I said only that I had done it, not that it was a universal solution. I did
> it, it worked for me. That is all I claimed.
> You appear to believe that one should not ever try to help anyone unless one
> is a package maintainer. That is surely ridiculous?
> I am bringing this back online because I would like the opinions of the rest
> of you. Is it the protocol for this list that only those with in depth
> expertise should make any attempt to help others? And that those of us who
> are not experts (and I cannot be the only one) should simply shut up and
> never try to help, even where we have met and, from a practical point of view
> (i.e. it worked for us) solved, the problem under discussion?
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