How not to ask a question… Again…

When asking me for help, which of the following approaches should you take? (pick 1):

  1. Insult me, then ask me to help you by answering your question.
  2. Ask a question and suggest it might be nice if I included the answer to that question in an article I had written on the subject.
  3. Just ask your question.

I’m kinda expecting most people to pick option 2 or 3, but it seems some people think option 1 is the best route to getting my assistance. Bizarre.

I am aware that English is not the first language for everyone on the internet, so maybe it’s a language thing or maybe I’m just a bit sensitive. If so, please ignore this post. Of course, if you would like me to provide support that includes dealing with your abuse I am willing to do it for a fee. What about 20% of the list price of your Oracle software on a yearly basis. I guess I would then feel obliged then no matter how much of a jerk you are.

As I’ve said many times before, if you like reading my stuff, fine. If you don’t, just go elsewhere. If you see a problem with something I’ve written I would like to hear about it so I can correct it, but if you just want to throw insults I suggest you direct them to /dev/null.



Author: Tim...

I DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.