• Subject: Re: Too many answer to simple questions
  • From: John Hall <jhall@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 09:04:21 -0500

First of all thanks to all who answered my question.

Simon Coulter wrote:
> Hello Jeffrey,
> I AGREE.  This topic has arisen in the past with no real resolution.  It is 
>obvious from the question whether
> every man and his dog can answer it or whether it requires specialised 
>knowledge.  Most of these trivial
> questions can be answered by a proper read of the manuals.

Do not assume that the simplicity of the questions implies lack of
research.  A search for DLY or DELAY or WAIT in both of the CL Reference
Manuals returns no references to a DLYJOB command.

A search for DLYJOB in both of these Manuals returns NO MATCHES !

Other searches will return this command so this must be something in the
setup of the online manuals.

> I would like to suggest two things:
> 1).  The Midrange Guidelines are updated to request that the list is used 
>when other avenues have been
> exhausted not as a point of first call.  I get the impression that many 
>appenders are too lazy to read the
> manuals 'cause it's quicker to fire off a message.

It's never quicker to fire off a message.  The list takes a minimum of a
couple of hours to respond to any questions so it is always a last
resort for me.  

> 2).  Please do not answer questions, especially simple ones, immediately.  
>Wait a day.  Read ALL the incoming
> mail first.  If it still hasn't been answered then reply.  And once you do 
>see an answer, don't continue the
> thread unless you have something useful to add.  Illuminate, don't reiterate!
> Comments from David Gibbs would be appreciated since he is paying for the 
>wasted bandwidth.
> Regards,
> Simon Coulter.

I agree there were too many answers.  Wait a Day ? ... well that's a
long time but at least read all your incoming mail before responding.

John Hall
Home Sales Co.
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