Strangely enough, I seem to have missed this thread completely.
Since the soapbox is free, lets step on it.
Generally speaking, members of this forum are very willing to help pretty much anyone that seems to deserve it. Elaborating on this, people that put at least some effort on their side of the problem. Historically, requests like the OP's are sure to get some heat, like ric
noted. Much worse are dry requests for urgent code to do some task, and the description is very clearly a verbatim reproduction of his/her class assignment. Those requests get flamed instantly.
If you browse around, you will see that many of the flamers are actually the people that help most, with precise and clear (and correct) advice for most likely any problem, no matter how simple (or how complex).
Due to language barriers, it is not unusual that some of these OMs are actually cramped by a meager vocabulary. But as soon as the OP replies with a change in attitude, or a little more explanation, people jump in to discuss and help.
Except for personal blunt attacks or gross netiquette issues, I think these forums are excellent, regarding content and member activity. /EDITED:
I restored the original thread name, that was changed by indel
. To change a thread's name like this is akin to hijack the thread, which was exactly what indel
< Message edited by j_doin -- Oct. 28, 2005 5:40:53 PM >