Well I don't feel you are disagreeing me....on the contrary I feel we
are talking about the same thing....personally I have been used to
reading manuals, references, specs since I was still in academic

however, when I was mentioning today's "team work" culture I was kind
referring to a culture by and large.....today when you go for an
interview, or when you take a professional test, you will not be gauged
for how much you can do your job independently based on manuals,
references,....the only thing you are gauged for is how much syntaxes
you remember at that moment....I even had an experience with someone
interviewing me asking me questions about formulas while himself was
reading from a textbook in his hand, which means he was trying to test
me for something obviously he was not qualified himself!


-----Original Message-----
From: Colin Wetherbee [mailto:cww@denterprises.org]=20
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 4:04 PM
To: Ronald Dai.
Cc: modperl@perl.apache.org
Subject: Re: return DECLINED or OK?

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.

But, let's say, as very nearly happened on another mailing list=20
yesterday, someone installs database software and can't figure out how=20
to create a database. I say go look at the manual and here's the=20
specific URL that covers creating new databases. Now, that person knows

where to look for information about creating a database, *and* that=20
person also knows where to look for answers to future simple questions.

If I had only told that person to type "createdb ",=20
the manual never would have been involved, and that person would have=20
emailed the list again for the next basic question that could have been=20
answered by the manual.

I didn't say "RTFM" in so many words (or letters), but the point was to=20
give the user some reference material. Which, so far, seems to have