There are a lot of ways to express that idea without implying the asker is
a stupid, crap programmer.

Be nice, it's really not that hard.
On Dec 27, 2012 10:02 AM, "Peter Hickman" <peterhickman386 / googlemail.com>
wrote:

> On 27 December 2012 16:33, Robert Klemme <shortcutter / googlemail.com>wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Matt Lawrence <matt / technoronin.com>
>> wrote:
>> > I have noticed that this list has been taking on a rather nasty tone
>> lately.
>>
>> I wouldn't call it "nasty" - still the tone has degraded.  There are a
>> few other changes I have observed.
>>
>>  - Discussions of advanced topics almost vanished these days.
>>  - There are a lot beginner questions.
>>  - There are also quite a few questions which either look like
>> homework or can be answered easily from documentation or testing with
>> IRB.
>>
>
> They are less requests for help than demands that we do their work for
> them. "Eternal September" springs to mind. We get emails from outsourcing
> companies that advertise X years of RoR experience available for low prices
> and I have the feeling that some of the posts we see here are from the same
> people who have misrepresented themselves to a client to get the work.
>
> > As a long time Ruby user and memeber of the Ruby community, I don't think
>> > this is a good thing.
>>
>> Certainly not.
>>
>
> You can only get out what you put in and too many of the posts feel like
> this list is a "first resort" rather than a "last resort". If they can put
> some serious effort into their questions (too many seem to assume that we
> are psychic) then I am willing to spend time helping on or off list.
> Helping people is an act of charity, I am not obligated to help everyone
> who can't be bothered to do the most rudimentary of Google searches and I
> am not obligated to suffer fools.
>
> I replied to Sean Westfall because I believe that having him spend $150 on
> a certificate will do nothing for him in becoming a Ruby developer. At
> least he had put some effort into the question "how can I become a Ruby
> developer" and he deserved some help. His actual question was "Is it
> worth the time?" and the answer is "No". But to say that is a disservice,
> it needs to be explained. But the assumption that a certificate will be of
> any help is so wrong there is nothing good to say about it.
>
>