I've noticed an upsurge in poor questions and homework questions. Is there normally a flush of these in the fall, as summer ends and new graduates find jobs while college starts up again and new students get hard questions? 😀
As a developer with (gasp!) MS-Access background who was thrown into SQL Server (and most recently MySQL), I can attest that many of us are suddenly expected to support software we know nothing about, that someone else (often a user) selected, with minimal to no training on said software. And it's not just SQL Server, I've got my list...
The expectation is that because you're a "programmer", you know how to deal with every kind of software and platform - you're an "expert". (and if I believed that I'm an expert, THEN I would be elitist - as well as crazy!) :hehe:
When I see homework questions, I just snort and move on. Often someone has already posted the "answer" - do your own homework! And frankly some of the "Please HELP!" questions look like someone procrastinated on their homework, but it could be they've just been thrown into a situation such as Jack described, but they don't have the skills or training to deal with it - and they probably have a VP breathing down their necks! Not a situation conducive to rational thought (especially if the supplicant is young, and doesn't yet realize the VP is just another co-worker). They may not even know WHAT question they need to ask, much less HOW to ask it; that's a tough situation to be in.
Yes, guru's need a place to vent too - like most volcanos, venting prevents eruptions (or reduces the severity)! Most of the people posting on this thread are those who give the most concise, well-explained answers - they're a joy to read, even when I don't understand exactly what they're saying. I suspect part of the frustration is not just with the questions being asked, but by the percieved quality (training, experience level etc) of the person asking the question. Those at the highest level of compentence have worked hard to get there, and have built this community up to a high standard. Then you see these questions, and perhaps wonder, "Is this the caliber of person that will follow, and be answering questions when I've retired? EYUCK!"
The good news is the world will weed them out - they'll either improve, get bored and go away, or become mediocre developers or JR DBA's. But a few will grow to challenge the heights, and become the "new" Modens, Gila Monsters, et al. And the best part is, you have no idea which of those questioners will follow those paths... 😀
Food for thought; as with a buffet, pick the dishes you like!
Here there be dragons...,