Rude posts.

Lamar Owen lowen at
Tue May 25 23:41:46 UTC 2004

Ok, you know, it's a good thing to recommend people searching the archives.  
But when half a dozen people jump down some poor chap's throat because he 
asks a simple question (and hasn't searched the archives), things are getting 
out of hand.  So can everybody just chill a little?

My questions to the list admin would be, is the welcome message that gets sent 
out to every new subscriber a.) being sent and b.) telling people to search 
the archives before asking a question?

And those who recommend searching the archives, try searching them yourselves 
on the topic before spouting off.  You might be surprised at the overwhelming 
volume.  In particular, over three-quarters of the searches on 'MySQL' point 
to messages that say 'Search the archives!'  So your self-righteous net.cop 
posting has just cheapened the value of your sacred archives.  Why not be a 
little patient, or actually answer the question in a patient manner, with a 
gentle pointer to 'you know, the list has archives, which are available at, and might have answers to other 
questions you may have.'  If you can't exercise that sort of patience, you 
should just cancel your nastygram and go to the next message and save the 
rest of us on the list you noisey-quette posting.  You certainly don't need 
to be posting anything with that attitude.

This list has a bad enough s/n ratio without self-appointed net.cops.
Lamar Owen
Director of Information Technology
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC  28772

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