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From Raymond Wan <>
Subject Re: return DECLINED or OK? [off-topic]
Date Sat, 01 Mar 2008 02:36:25 GMT

Colin Wetherbee wrote:
> Ronald Dai. wrote:
>> Actually RTFM would not be a problem for people from academic
>> background (meaning MS or PHD educated) at all since they have to do
>> it all the time....but for people with more team work background
>> these days, it might not be politically very correct...
> I disagree.  Granted, I have a master's degree.

I should point out that one could be educated without a MS or a PhD.  
One could also be uneducated with a MS and/or a PhD.  It depends on 
one's quality of education and their self-motivation in RTFM.  But I 
know that Ronald is saying it casually, just like the expression "being 
a rocket scientist" which is probably an out-dated expression now.

> But, let's say, as very nearly happened on another mailing list 
> yesterday, someone installs database software and can't figure out how 
> to create a database.  I say go look at the manual and here's the 
> specific URL that covers creating new databases.  Now, that person 
> knows where to look for information about creating a database, *and* 
> that person also knows where to look for answers to future simple 
> questions.

I totally agree with this and I think that one has to know the material 
before working as a group.  Some university courses are so caught up in 
the terminology like "team work", they seem to jump a step.

Just like it would be good to learn how to add before you can use a 
calculator.  Yes, everyone nowadays uses a calculator -- it is in high 
school curriculum now and it is also the "real world" -- but strange to 
focus on the calculator if someone does not even know how to do the 
operations that a calculator does...


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