<VV> I suggest we do NOT always provide answers... but rather; we teach where to find the information. was: Books

Dr. Robert Hill corvairs at bellsouth.net
Fri Oct 14 21:02:51 EDT 2005

Attitudes such as "look it up yourself" may be one of the reasons folks do not want to participate in the Corvair hobby.  You can't expect people to want to be a part of the Corvair hobby if tey are treated rudely by those in the hobby.


> From: Dennis & Debbie Pleau <ddpleau at earthlink.net>
> Date: 2005/10/14 Fri PM 06:16:19 EDT
> To: VV <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
> Subject: Re: <VV> I suggest we do NOT always provide answers... but
> 	rather; we teach where to find the information.  was: Books
> I find it very obnoxious to tell someone to go search a site.
> Dennis
> At 09:16 AM 10/14/2005, Joe West wrote:
> >All,
> >
> >Probably no surprise to anyone that I would feel this way, but sometimes it
> >is better to teach people where to find the answers rather than give them
> >the answers to their questions.
> >
> >There is simply no need for *anyone* to keep providing the same answers to
> >the same questions day after day after day.  It IS a waste of time... when
> >the answers to the most commonly asked questions already exist.
> >
> >Time is the most precious commodity that any of us have... whether we
> >realize it or not.  This majordomo is a GREAT resource, but... if a question
> >has already been asked and answered dozens or hundreds of times... for
> >ANSWER.... if the source of the answer isn't easily accessible (such as the
> >answer lies in a book the person asking the question doesn't own), provide
> >them the answer and recommend that they purchase the book for future
> >questions.
> >
> >If the answer lies in our archives... point them to the archives and let
> >them find the answer.
> >
> >Or...
> >
> >If you are a retired person who has all the time in the world to answer the
> >same question over and over; go ahead and respond with the answer if you
> >have the time.
> >
> >My point is this:
> >
> >With so many resources available, it is always a better idea to tell people
> >asking questions where they might find the answer in addition to (or in
> >place of in the case of our archives) providing them the answer.
> >
> >I would LOVE to see everyone who posts a question to this majordomo... start
> >their email with the following:
> >
> >"I've checked the archive, but I can't find the answer there so..."
> >
> >There will be people who don't know about the archive... but sooner or
> >later, the vast majority of people will know because of my:
> >
> >"You'll find 2,546 responses to (insert subject here) at the following
> >location http://www.virtualcorvairclub.com/(insert thread search here)"
> >
> >I'll take care of the ignorance concerning the archive... and thereafter it
> >is simply laziness if people don't take the time to do a simple search
> >rather than ask the same old questions over and over.
> >
> >And for those of you who think it is perfectly okay not to teach people how
> >to find information themselves... consider that seeing the same old
> >questions day after day after day does NOTHING more than drive the experts
> >we have on this group away.
> >
> >Joe West
> >Administrator
> >http://www.virtualcorvairclub.com
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