[conspire] when people send me outright [L]UG questions

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Jan 31 21:41:01 PST 2010

Quoting Michael Paoli (Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu):

> Reward preferred behavior, discourage inappropriate / less preferred
> behavior.  

Everyone should have a hobby.  I'm glad you've found one for yourself.

For me, working on the behaviour of an endless stream of random, poorly
socialised strangers who want to waste my time on the Internet does not
seem a good use of a limited life span.

> When "I" get questions of that nature sent to me (or when they're sent
> to, e.g. a BALUG non-list email address/alias), when (and if) I send a
> reply, I'll typically encourage them in the direction of appropriate
> list(s) or forums.

Very public spirited of you.  Now, imagine the daily volume of that
incoming traffic increasing by a couple of orders of magnitude, say for
example because you're co-author of "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way"
or maintainer of the most widely used calendar of technical events in
the Bay Area.  Bearing that thought in mind, imagine what other uses you
could make of that time.  ;->

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