Why questions don't get answered, or "No, I've already RTFM, tell me the answer!"

Tim ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Thu Dec 29 20:17:08 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-12-28 at 21:37 -0600, Charles Howse wrote:
> I don't mean to step on any toes, just want to start some discussion.
> Does anyone else have any thoughts on why questions don't get the
> respectful treatment they deserve?

I think some do themselves harm by the way they post.  Three common
things spring immediately to mind.

There's the obvious things about not starting a new thread for a new
topic, just replying to someone else's completely different thread.
Such lost messages get ignored/deleted by anybody ignoring the original
thread.  I do this a lot (ignore/delete threads I'm not following).

And huge long posts, with little or no snippage (whether replies are top
or bottom posted, or interspersed).  I hit delete on messages that are
just masses of verbage, where we're supposed to find the salient parts
buried somewhere extremely inconvenient.  I'm sure lots of others do,

Hideously mangled messages that are difficult to read.

Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored.
I read messages from the public lists.

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