RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free

Subject: RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free
From: Emily Berk <emily -at- armadillosoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 14:23:18 -0800

At 02:04 PM 2/24/02 -0800, Maggie Secara suggested:
>... How about something like:

>I'm so glad you liked my piece. However, in order to answer your excellent
>question, I would have to go back and research it in some detail. Now, I can
>spend the time doing that at <your rate here> or you can do it yourself for
>free.

>Or, I'm so glad you liked my piece. However, in order to answer your excellent question, I would have to go back and research it myself, and frankly, I have exausted my interest in it.

>You can also simply say "Thanks for the kind words" and ignore the question.
>Don't give away anything more than your comfortable with.

Yes, and for years, I've returned phone calls at my own expense and spent the time to write the emails and answered the "simple" questions.

My frustration is that I would HAPPILY answer the questions.

IF I were to be paid for the answers.

Thanks, Maggie Secara, and the others who answered privately.

>>Emily Berk said, in part:
>
>> Can you suggest some polite way for me to reply by saying, "I'm so
>> glad you liked the piece I published. Wouldn't you like to hire me
>> as a consultant so I could feel good about answering your question
>> while also feeding my family?"

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References:
Tired of giving out technical advice for free: From: Emily Berk
RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free: From: Maggie Secara

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