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From: Marquez, Chris <>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 10:53:38 -0400
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This idea that this list or any list is not and never will be a waste time, is delusional!

*Actively* participating in this this list (by reading and/or writing) is almost 100% waste of time.
Be honest and ask yourself if your boss was standing behind you during all of your time spent participating on this list, would he/she say that it was 100% productive from a business perspective?...and more power to those DBA's that only participate during non business hours.

If one were to *only* read responses to his or her own original post then I would think that DBA is not wasting time and getting much more than they are giving, but that is their option.

Further, if I chose to continue to read and write to a post thread I have already concluded is a waste of time, then who is at fault them!?...and I do not mean just RTFM posts. Everyday I read the first post of a thread, never to read anymore. It might be a very good topic, or something I'm just not interested in, or something I can not answer, but I chose not to spend more time on it. I spend much more time reading and deleting valid posts that don't help me directly, than I don on reading and deleting RTFM posts!

We talk about how lame the RTFM posts are, but imagine how lame this list would be if nobody had any restraint and we all posted our
"opinion" about each useful would the list be then?

"RTFM", "try harder", "dig" are all fair responses, but participate just
don't shoot it out.
I personally enjoy the RTFM responses that are direct paste result from a Google search.

Thanks to those technical DBA's on this thread interjecting between the DBA philosophers...I have seen some interesting responses. This RTFM thread has motivated people to try things...are of which are likely documented, but only further validates even basics change...things do not remain the same. I have learned that extend /datafile allocation changes between Oracle versions and tablespace type...this consolidated information would likely not be in one single Oracle manual...maybe in a white paper or metalink doc? This is the power of the list.

Chris Marquez
Oracle DBA  

Received on Thu Oct 20 2005 - 09:56:24 CDT

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