|The Lost Souls of Freenode
||[Feb. 25th, 2014|04:02 pm]
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I originally wanted to write a more prose-like blog post about the topic of
“The Lost Souls of Freenode”, echoing some of my frustrations
from trying to help people on Freenode
I started from keeping a list of bullets and sub-bullets and decided to keep
it this way out of being lazy. Maybe it can also be considered the blog
equivalent of some wikiHow
After I gave a link to the bullets to someone I met on Freenode, he told
me he hasn't found any of what he read here surprising from his experience
on IRC and as a tutor and T.A. (= Teacher Assistant) in an American college.
“Many Lost Souls” on Freenode's #perl - IM conversation.
conversation about “First rule of #perl channels” (meaning that Freenode’s
#perl is our first line of defence).
People having problems getting indentation right.
People who /msg me after asking.
- Either they think that's the way to answer.
- Or they think that I cannot help them because there's another
- They're usually not willing or cannot afford to pay.
- Someone who thought that paying me 50 USD / hour for private help
was too high.
* People who want us to write their code for them.
“Help me with a script I found.”
“Help me with using a program / my operating system / etc.”
- “Are you using version control?” “No, what's that?”
Old versions of perls.
“We didn't study it yet”
“No external modules / CPAN”
“Not allowed to use any built-in language data structures, including not arrays.”
One who didn't know what files are nor did file I/O.
- private conversation with someone else who didn't know what files are.