Re: Linux is not for consumers!
On Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:50:11 -0500
"H. S." <email@example.com> wrote:
> Paul E Condon wrote:
> > Documenting software is like writing a good text book. The author
> > must get in touch with his "inner Dummy" and speak to his needs.
> > Some geeks have this ability, but many do not.
> This is *so* true!! And the troubling part is they simply refuse to
> understand this.
They simply don't want to.
I'm still considering taking up doc writing myself. I've started a
thread at another site to deal with basics for other newbies like
If you request help, terminologies like 'chown' and chmode' or somesuch
are thrown at you without any effort toward fuller explanation, and it
goes further than assumption through long familiarity, there is some
sort of supercilious ego factor involved also.
This is not right across the board. There are some genuinely helpful
personalities, but the incidence is high.
This is not an opportunity to condescendingly assume that this is an
incidence of some newbie demanding a spoonfed situation, I haven't got
where I am in life through charity reliance, I enjoy doing my own
research. All I am doing is pointing out that this attitude is
diametrically opposed to the terminology 'community.'