RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free

Subject: RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 21:02:44 -0800

It seems to me that the difference between a subscribed member of this
list asking for advice from other members of the list is that we are all
here by mutual agreement. We all voluntarily signed up. We all abide
(most of the time) by the rules of the list. We are peers here because
we want the give-and-take with people who nod knowingly when we talk
about those darned programmers/customers/managers/SMEs. These are common
assumptions we all have when we sign up for this list, and particularly
when we participate.

There are, of course, some assumptions that authors have to make when
they agree to put their e-mail addresses with an article (I assume this
is the standard of the publication). But there can be different rules
with how the author deals with requests for help from readers of the

Yes, there IS an irony, I think, in the question. I don't believe at all
that it's a hypocrisy, because we have a mutual agreement to participate
in discussions about our profession. But the nature of the relationship
between Emily and her readers and Emily and everyone on this list is
different, and so the irony is allowed.


-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Steve Hudson
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 6:19 PM
Subject: RE: Tired of giving out technical advice for free

I just am struggling with the hypocrisy of the original post and its
antecedant replies. I know there is no right and no wrong answer here,
the reality lies SOMEWHERE inbetween. I explored one side of the
boundary of the subject scope. So Dick and others, please don't
misunderstand me. I have no damn idea and wish to settle this for myself
anyways, so it is of great interest to me. Having no idea, I'll work
away at loose ends sticking out near the boundaries and see where they
lead. And I just love putting the hsoe on the other foot and seeing what

I still think its ironical that someone is asking for free advice on
whether or not to give free advice :-)

Steve Hudson, Word Heretic
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