To my surprise, I recieved an email from the slashdot editor Cliff (he's in charge of "AskSlashdot") that showed his similar feelings as a reply to my comment. Here's what he had to say (FYI - I did ask his permission first):
You posted this on Slashdot:
Best Point (Score:5, Insightful) by FortKnox on 01:52 PM July 10th, 2002 (#3858260)
(User #169099 Info | http://www.marotti.com/ | Last Journal: 01:43 PM July 10th, 2002)
The greatest point he makes is that, although there are plenty of gurus willing to help newbies with simple questions, there are even more elitests that will either flame your question or give you a "RTFM!" I say, if you are friendly and willing to help newbies, answer their questions. If you want to flame, or send a RTFM, stay silent. If they don't get an answer, they'll eventually look their, anyway. Elitests are the biggest weakness of Linux.
--- his reply ---
A *fucking* men!
Can I get a "HELL YEAH"?
One of the largest problems recently with me doing Ask Slashdot is this kind of mentality. I've been doing it for around 5 years and people *still* don't get it.
Ask Slashdot was never about being a "replacement" or an "alternative" to Google (as found in more of the insensitive comments), it was supposed to be a place where people who needed the help could get it and people who WANTED to help could give it. More often than not, now, with the recent growth to AS, I'm *still* getting posters who say:
"Gee, and you couldn't look this up on Google"
If I was the type who advocated violence, I'd throttle everyone who says that.
Search engines hardly ever provide a complete answer, and more often than not, they provide CONFLICTING ones. Google, as good as it is, is no better. I *try* to stray away from the FAQ questions, but even then sometimes a few slip thru the cracks. I admit I'm not the best editor, but I do the best I can with what I am given and for the most part, it works.
The whole point behind AS in particular, and Linux advocacy in general is that there is merit in *discussion*, not blind recital of facts, many of which can be *wrong*. I wish most people would learn this, or at the very least, learn that if you have nothing worthwhile or constructive to say that the best option is to STFU.
Sorry. I just had to get that off my chest, and since I just became your most recent fan, I figured you were a decent target.
Thanks for reading.