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Re: Stuck in a hell of routing :(

On Tuesday, 29.03.2005 at 18:27 +0200, martin f krafft wrote:

> I know that it's sometimes a good idea to make sure that the person is
> actually looking for the right answer, but I have been noticing a
> tendency here (and elsewhere) to always ask first about the
> motivations.

Interesting observation ... I'm probably one of those 'guilty' of often
asking for the motivation behind apparently 'strange' requests.

It is helpful to those answering the (apparently unusual) query to know
what problem is being addressed, since past history shows that often the
poster is approaching the problem from the wrong angle, or may even be
addressing the wrong problem!

If I post something strange or esoteric as a question, I feel obliged to
at least *outline* what my motivations are, if only to pre-empt the sort
of question that *I* would retort were I answering that same question.

I agree with you that perhaps Just Answering The Question is an
appropriate response if it is clear what the solution should be (even if
it sounds from the original post that The Wrong Question is being

I suppose we could answer the question but also query the poster's
motives at the same time :-)

Just thinking out loud ...

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