On Feb 2, 2006, at 1:20 PM, Jacob Fugal wrote:

> On 2/2/06, William James <w_a_x_man / yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Jacob Fugal wrote:
>>> On 2/2/06, William James <w_a_x_man / yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>> If you don't like golf, why watch it?
>>>
>>> Because the original poster was asking for advice on why it wasn't
>>> working, not for a golfing contest.
>>
>> The fact that his expectations were modest doesn't mean that
>> I shouldn't give him a bonus.  One never has to ask for a golfing
>> contest, since those who enjoy programming and who test their
>> code before they post are always willing to indulge in that pastime.
>
> Let me clarify.
>
>  * I don't mind you golfing on the list/newsgroup.
>  * I don't mind you golfing about this task.
>
> What I do mind is threads that were not intended as golfing threads
> being hijacked into a golf contest. If I were the OP and posted a
> question, then later saw a new post in the thread stemming from that
> question, I'd expect useful input or discussion regarding my question.
> I am especially touchy about this when golfing replies are posted in
> response to a newbie question. While golf can be fun, we don't want
> the newbie to get the wrong idea that the techniques used in the golf
> are representative of how the code *should* be written.
>
> If you feel the desire to golf, please at least rethread it by
> changing (at minimum) the subject line.
>
> Jacob Fugal
>
> PS. And regarding "those who enjoy programming and who test their code
> before they post are always willing to indulge in that pastime". I
> *usually* check the code I post, you were fortunate to catch me at a
> time when my mind was on other things and I was pressed for time.
> Since I am not willing to indulge in golf, I must not enjoy
> programming then. Dang, and I thought I liked it...
>

Plus the original poster specifically asked about how to get rid of  
$_ in the code, not how to add more of it.

-Ezra