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: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 06:43:40 -0800

At 10:33 PM 2/25/02 +1100, Steve Hudson wrote:
>Finally, I cannot help the irony. Might not the time you spent penning the
>tech-whirler message and reading responses - let alone time spent by
>respondants in replying - have been better spent just helping the poor fella
>and moving on? Let alone expecting us to spend unpaid time... blah blah ad
>nauseum. ...

Not really an irony. Techwr-l is basically a cooperative. I've tried to contribute when I could; have asked questions and raised issues when I had them. I don't think I've taken much more than I've given, but then maybe I have.

These other people asking me these questions -- they have no relationship with me. They've theoretically profited by reading my published pieces. Now they want more from me than I had originally chosen to give (or, at least, than my editors chose to publish).

It's not just that I don't want to give. It's more the fact that I did have an ulterior motive for writing for peanuts -- I WANTED to become more famous, so people WOULD ask me for advice. But I wanted to become famous in a professional sense, and am discouraged because people want my UNPAID advice because -- guess I seemed like a friend and not a technical professional.

Long live the revolution, Steve! I raise my glass of wodka to you and to all others who responded.

--Emily

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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: Steve Hudson

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