Re: sql question

From: joel garry <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:16:29 -0700 (PDT)
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On Sep 10, 11:22 am, "Gerard H. Pille" <> wrote:
> Lars Tetzlaff wrote:
> > Aren't you supposed to do your homework yourself?
> > Lars
> It is quite intelligent to ask for help when one cannot solve a problem oneself.

But (this time of year especially) we get a lot of people asking for others to do their homework, so it is not unreasonable to make the assumption that that is what is happening. That is why the norm is to show what you have tried, which allows people helping to gauge your level, and make a different assumption if warranted. Sometimes people post work problems that show they are over their heads, and some more experienced people aren't real happy about that. So rather than just giving the answer, we lead them along to figuring it out.

Contrast this to some of the amazing answers posted to more complicated problems - it becomes obvious that someone isn't just asking someone else to do their homework, but actually have an interesting problem to solve.

People say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but of course that is easily refuted. What is intended by that saying is we need to have respect on both giving and getting this knowledge. It is disrespectful to expect people to do your work for you. It is not disrespectful to learn, ask for help, and share (within intellectual property boundaries, of course).

This is usenet, so respect may have "interesting" attributes. is supposed to help newbies about all this, though a bit weak on the homework issue. Suggestions appreciated.


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Received on Thu Sep 10 2009 - 16:16:29 CDT

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