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Re: answering questions, not asking new ones (was: Stuck in a hell of routing :()

On Tuesday, 29.03.2005 at 22:19 +0200, martin f krafft wrote:

> also sprach Dave Ewart <davee@sungate.co.uk> [2005.03.29.2204 +0200]:
> > 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!
> Yes, and I have often fallen into that trap. However, at other times,
> I have not been able to disclose more information, or it would have
> not been worth the effort. At other times, it's just been plain
> impossible to convince others that I know pretty well what I need:
>   http://lists.debian.org/debian-firewall/2005/03/msg00074.html

Yeah, that was me, wasn't it? ;-)

> > 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.
> Agreed. That, or the obvious counter questions should be pro-actively
> answered in the first post.
> > I suppose we could answer the question but also query the poster's
> > motives at the same time :-)
> Yes, it is a great way to follow up some initial pointers with the "if
> you give more detail, so will I" line.

Yes, seems reasonable.

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