Linked by Kevin Russo on Tue 7th Dec 2004 06:19 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Geek is defined by as 'A person who is single-minded or accomplished in a scientific or technical pursuit'. Many of us either acknowledge ourselves as computer geeks or are labeled by Friends, Family, and/or Colleagues as the such. This is not a condescending statement and should not be taken in a negative connotative way. It is in fact an admiration of our technical skills and abilities.
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by moidib on Tue 7th Dec 2004 17:58 UTC

The reply "RTFM" should be removed from your vocabulary. This is a wholy demeaning and inappropriate response. ANYONE using that sort of reply needs to re-evaluate themselves as human beings. I would NEVER say such a thing. PERIOD.

The reason you write your first response to a 'help me!' post as if the person requesting help is reasonably knowledgeable is simple. It's fast and efficient and avoids the possibility of condescending to the poster. If you say 'just edit the fstab and mount the drive' and they don't know what that means, they will follow up and ask, at which point you knock it down a technical level and explain.

I have to dissagree here too. I think it does depend somewhat on the question. However, why would you assume that someone that doesn't know TO edit fstab would magically understand HOW? I know we could debate the best ediguite till the cows come home, but it seems obvious to me that if they didn't know what to edit, they probibly don't know how to either. I would not be offended if you gave me more knowledge than I needed to say, change the delay on my win2k startup menu, or enroll a server in PKI. but if you give me what is obviously too little, such as "oh just edit the boot.ini" I would be frustrated and insulted.

In the same respect, I have noticed that this problem is partcularly bad amongst the Linux community. I am a very capable windows engineer, and have often heard the types of frustrating questions you are talking about. But any time I ask a question on a linux forum I am almost immediatly bombarded with "RTFM" or Read the forums, or Check the docs. That's Great guys, What Am I looking for? I never ask a question unless I have already spent HOURS trying to answer it myself. How nice it would be if people could just say... "Here is your answer, and here is where I got it." Not only would I thank them for thier time, but I eventually I would become acclimated to how the linux community thinks, and be able to answer more of my own questions.