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Re^4: Decoding UTF-8 charset in an .EML file (targets)

by tye (Sage)
on Nov 15, 2006 at 20:26 UTC ( #584279=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Decoding UTF-8 charset in an .EML file (RTFBP)
in thread Decoding UTF-8 charset in an .EML file

It sounds like you may have missed that most of my sarcasm was directed at those who berate people who ask questions (or seem to jump straight to "I didn't understand your question and can't believe that anyone else will" rather than waiting a little longer and seeing that they aren't actually the single most insightful person to visit the site and some people had little problem understanding the problem statement or at least tried to understand it and moved things along in a less tiring manner).

I'm sure many get tired of what they see as "poor quality questions". I suspect that many also get tired of seeing the near-identical set of links to the same boilerplates being posted after what appears to be "no effort" to understand the question asked. I personally choose to be more forgiving of the new guys than the veterans (seems only logical). I guess I need to write a "How to not try to answer a question" node so I can link to that in future.

I suspect that if I went back in time and posted japhy's exact node as AnonyMonk and didn't reply to it, there'd be a mostly useless reply posted rather quickly similar to what I spoofed (if not several).

And, skipping ahead, also realize that it is all too easy to read negative emotions and taking things "seriously" into text-only communications. I didn't have any serious criticism for japhy. I found his apparent "I have no clue how to try to find this answer" amusing. Since it was japhy (who has a deserved good reputation, just in case you aren't aware), I figured the usual suspects wouldn't call him on "no effort" and found the idea of calling him on it amusing.

As for the boilerplate posters, I only find them mildly annoying and rarely do more than roll my eyes in response. But I like attempts at jokes. It appears that a couple of people even "got" it. :)

- tye        

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Re^5: Decoding UTF-8 charset in an .EML file (targets)
by Melly (Hermit) on Nov 15, 2006 at 20:33 UTC

    Heh - whoosh, went right over my head, tye. As "Borat" goes to show, you can get pretty outrageous without people realising that you're taking the p*ss...

    Tom Melly,
Re^5: Decoding UTF-8 charset in an .EML file (targets)
by wjw (Priest) on Nov 15, 2006 at 20:55 UTC
    My apologies!! I did indeed mis-read this!! Enough said by me... :-)

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

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