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I just looked at the thread again and my description and I stand by my basic reaction.

He demonstrated that he did not understand compile versus run-time, nor did he understand how use works. Nor did he immediately reach for the documentation when he had a problem. This was after he had been on this site for over 2 years.

I admit that it is possible that in the following year he has improved his understanding of how Perl works, and he has learned to reach for the documentation first. I submit that it is unlikely.

As for causing offense, I did not do so accidentally this time. The first message attempted to explain why this effort was unlikely to go anywhere. As I said elsewhere in this thread, I think it a valuable life skill to be able to muster appropriate cynicism. Unfortunately what tends to happen is that lots of experienced people have the thought, but nobody wishes to come out and say it. Since I think the point is valuable, I'm willing to risk offense sometimes by saying it.

Subsequent to that, in my response to kwaping's response I stated why I was responding like that. I've personally had some horrible experiences (on this site and elsewhere) with people who try to insist that because they are a member of a particular group, I should think well of them. In fact it has happened enough that insisting on that line of argument generally results in me thinking worse of you. *shrug*


In reply to Re^5: Want a million dollars? by tilly
in thread Want a million dollars? by kwaping

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