Re: Aw: [stella] atari 2600 programming

Subject: Re: Aw: [stella] atari 2600 programming
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 10:29:30 -0700
We are just expecting, that people should first invest some time searching for answers and then ask for *real* help.

As list maintainer I have to say something on this point.

I've seen similar tension over newbie questions on other lists, like the Lightwave 3D list. Also experienced a burnout local Lightwave usergroup, mostly with the Toaster/Flyer people who had all been there done that. In any list that goes on for any length of time, there will be repetition of topics. What's old hat to some of you is totally new to the newbies. Please respect that.

Somebody who teaches is going to repeat lessons many many times. The teacher doesn't just point his students at a chapter in a book. He lectures. It's the new blood coming into the hobby that makes it new, not necessarily the information.

Trolling through the archives is dry and time-consuming. You are stuck with whatever was in the archives. You can't interact with it. So you have to understand why people prefer to simply ask questions--so they can get a personalized response tailored to their needs.

At some point people on this list migrate from learning over to teaching--or at least having enough knowledge to teach. If somebody asks a question that has been asked many times, don't feel obligated to even respond if you don't want to. There are over 100 people on this list so the odds of at least one person responding, even just to say "it's in the archives" is enough.

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