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commit ba2c01333a91ea3d6d39aeaa85126813d85e0b92
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Author: Eamon Caddigan <eamon.caddigan@gmail.com>
Date:   Wed, 30 Aug 2023 11:07:11 -0700

Short post I wrote because I'm mad

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diff --git a/content/posts/being_unhelpful/index.md b/content/posts/being_unhelpful/index.md @@ -0,0 +1,34 @@ +--- +title: "Please don’t be unhelpful on the internet" +date: 2023-08-30T10:39:28-07:00 +draft: false +categories: +- Programming +--- + +One of my top pet-peeves on internet discussion and help boards (dating back +to the Usenet days, covering the web forum era, and continuing in this +current age of Stack Overflow hegemony) occurs when a person replies to a +request for help or information with a smarmy and dismissive, "have you +tried searching the internet?"[^rtfm]. It's rude and unhelpful, but there +are plenty of rude and unhelpful things on the 'net; what elevates this +behavior to _infuriating_ is that in 100% of the cases I've encountered +these posts, I found them because **I'm searching the internet with the same +problem**. + +Not only does this behavior waste the time of the person being "punished" +for... What? Asking a question the wrong way? ...It wastes the time of every +subsequent person who's _doing exactly the thing they're supposed to be +doing_. + +Please stop writing replies like this. If you've done it recently, consider +revisiting the message and apologizing. Moving forward, feel free to ignore +questions you don't like; if you want to show off you're welcome to respond +as tersely as you'd like with a pointer a good source of information (such +as the relevant section of the documentation—which now only appears in web +search results after pages and pages of Stack Overflow posts full of this +stuff). Future searchers will appreciate you, and right now they definitely +do not. + +[^rtfm]: Or its pre-search antecedent, "have you tried reading the manual?", +a sentiment sometimes abbreviated as "RTFM".