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ESR: Smart Questions

Unread postby Nihilus » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:51 am

Why not make this one sticky in the forums?
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Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:59 am

That's actually a very good idea and a great article too; not sure where I'd put it and if anyone would actually read it though :/

I have an idea which thread brought this topic up and I feel your pain. Generally I tend to whistle and pretend I didn't see the post at all when they reach that point ;)
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Unread postby squeen » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:23 am

A bit off topic but I enjoyed this from "How To Be A Hacker"
4. Help keep the infrastructure working

The hacker culture (and the engineering development of the Internet, for that matter) is run by volunteers. There's a lot of necessary but unglamorous work that needs done to keep it going — administering mailing lists, moderating newsgroups, maintaining large software archive sites, developing RFCs and other technical standards.

People who do this sort of thing well get a lot of respect, because everybody knows these jobs are huge time sinks and not as much fun as playing with code. Doing them shows dedication.

5. Serve the hacker culture itself

Finally, you can serve and propagate the culture itself (by, for example, writing an accurate primer on how to become a hacker :-)). This is not something you'll be positioned to do until you've been around for while and become well-known for one of the first four things.

The hacker culture doesn't have leaders, exactly, but it does have culture heroes and tribal elders and historians and spokespeople. When you've been in the trenches long enough, you may grow into one of these. Beware: hackers distrust blatant ego in their tribal elders, so visibly reaching for this kind of fame is dangerous. Rather than striving for it, you have to sort of position yourself so it drops in your lap, and then be modest and gracious about your status.

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Unread postby myrrh » Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:31 pm

Normally I can't stand ESR (he's one to talk about "blatant ego"), but this article was particularly good. I'm glad I took the time to read it.

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Unread postby sjmorgan » Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:43 am

Not sure how to do it, but it should be required reading for all of us. Really transcends the non-thinking response boundaries and helps us to make a site intelligent, yet warm and at the same time self-policing.
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Unread postby virtualsim » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:49 am

A good article, the main problem being that 99% of people asking dumb questions (or good questions in a dumb way) will NEVER read it.

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Unread postby VenomousPinecone » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:49 am

If someone asks a bad question, respond with this link. Simple as that.

virtualsim wrote:Using the internet should require a permit, like driving your car ;-)

So should:

Having children.

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Unread postby guardian452 » Sat May 31, 2008 10:05 pm

myrrh wrote:Normally I can't stand ESR (he's one to talk about "blatant ego"), but this article was particularly good. I'm glad I took the time to read it.

Most of these "hacker gods" are a real pain in the arse but brilliant at the same time. If they don't take the time to "toot their own horn" so to speak, you probably will never hear of them.

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