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Re: proposition for Voting system

by apl (Monsignor)
on Jun 22, 2008 at 13:47 UTC ( #693368=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to proposition for Voting system

I sympathize. Many times I see a question I know I could answer (and thus advance on the road of Monkly Enlightenment), but The Usual Suspects have beaten me too it by a minute or so.

I also sympathize in that I don't spend all day watching to see if a new question has been poasted. It's not that one takes a long time in reading a post, it's that one may only look at Perl Monks two or three times a day.

Having said all that, though, I disagree with your proposal. The point in being here is to be helpful, not to be first. (Funny thing is, I considered posting something similar to this after I'd been here a few months...)

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Re^2: proposition for Voting system
by blazar (Canon) on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:46 UTC
    I sympathize. Many times I see a question I know I could answer (and thus advance on the road of Monkly Enlightenment), but The Usual Suspects have beaten me too it by a minute or so.

    I personally believe it should not be taken as a competition, by any means, and thus I do not sympathize. If you know you can answer, just do it: that yours does not come as the first answer right below the OP does not matter. It may still be better phrased than a similar answer by the Usual Suspects, or give more details, or expand on the subject. Of course, if an answer has already been given and you saw it, then don't repeat the obvious part of it -I see this clearly happening every now and again, and it just hits on my nerves- but just point out the additional details, etc. (if you have them) perhaps specifying "in addition to what the Usual Suspect said..." as a sort of acknowledgement.

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