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Re: How is typical home computer used today?

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 1:30:04 AM UTC+5:30, Joe wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:53:48 -0500
> Miles Fidelman wrote:
> > Chris Bannister wrote:
> > > On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 08:48:41AM -0600, Richard Owlett wrote:
> > >> Bret Busby wrote:
> > >>> Surely, it would have all been so much simpler, if the original
> > >>> poster in the thread, had put the question "To what personal
> > >>> uses, do people put their computers?".
> > >> What correlation need there be between *simple* questions and
> > >> *useful* answers?
> > > Surely. to get a useful answer, it is pointless to ask vague
> > > questions.
> > >
> > >> The OP correctly phrased the question as "How is typical home
> > >> computer used today?"
> > > That doesn't read correctly phrased to me.
> > >
> > 
> > Does it not disturb anyone that most of the responses to this
> > question have been about how the question was phrased, even though
> > the intent was obvious.  What does it say about folks who post here?
> > 
> That they are computer people.
> 'How do I do X?'
> 'You don't want to do X. You *never* want to do X. You need to do Y.
> And by the way, you spelled X wrong.'

Personally, when I ask a question and get a RTFM answer,
I consider it fine if its followed by which FM.

I do not construe that answer as
- "I dont like you"
or even
- "your question is stupid"

Rather I interpret it as
"I have 10 seconds to deal with your question. If I use that to 
send you (to specific FM) my (1-second) estimate tells me it will
save an hour of your noob-time. [We are all noobs somewhere sometime]"

However when there is NO FM it is unhelpful.
It does not help the questioner
It does not help the list -- almost spamish in content-less-ness
It does not help the answerer -- shows them to be peevish without 
being helpful.

I think Miles is pointing out that this (and many other such)
questions are increasingly being answered in category 2

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