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[OT] How to help the OP? (was: How long will this take?)


10 juin 2020 à 20:51 de mstone@debian.org:

> On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 12:02:13PM -0500, David Wright wrote:
>> Both l0f4r0 and I have asked why the OP
>> is zeroing the drive, but no reply yet. Perhaps you can suggest an
>> answer.
> I don't really care why the OP is doing it. I can think of several possibilities, but I don't see any need to argue with him over it. At some point it's reasonable to simply accept that someone is trying to do something and either help or not.
It's the usual dilemma on mailing-lists/forums:
* Are the respondents supposed to answer the  OP question directly without hindsight (potential XY problem sometimes - http://xyproblem.info/)?
* Or are they expected to put the issue into perspective and challenge it? I know it can be frustrating because this is not always the answer we as OP want to read but it can be really instructive as we understand we were on a wrong track.

I'm still divided on this subject, maybe we need both depending on the context/OP...

Best regards,

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