How Not To Ask A Question

Do you think it’s possible that this questioner is being just a little broad in the advice he/she is requesting? Maybe just a shade optimistic?

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8 thoughts on “How Not To Ask A Question

  1. I sooooo love these “questions” that just “happen” to match such a broad span of EXACTLY the kind of info to be found in a given site…

    Reminds me of the “letters to the editor” sections in second rate mags/papers: fake, most of them.

  2. But the best of it:

    In one of the links provided by JKB that points to ‘Compiled PL/SQL by Donald K. Burleson’ (http://www.praetoriate.com/oracle_tips_compiled_plsql.htm) the man says about native compilation in 9i:

    “To turn native compilation on, you need to issue the following statement:

    ALTER SESSION SET plsql_compiler_switches=NATIVE;”

    instead of

    ALTER SESSION SET plsql_compiler_flags=NATIVE;

    Sad, but true.

    Cheers.

    Carlos.

  3. Looks like something someone just cut and pasted off of a job requirement almost.

    So often I see on different forums people asking for help who haven’t even taken the time to look for the answers themselfs.

    Something about giving a person a “fish” comes to mind.

  4. Nuno Souto said…

    I sooooo love these “questions” that just “happen” to match such a broad span of EXACTLY the kind of info to be found in a given site…

    Nah, he wouldn’t stoop that low, would he? ;)

    Actually I’d thought DKB would have told the OP that s/he cannot expect to get his homework done for him/her. He actually went through and provide links to various sites (including Oracle’s) although most of them are links to his own set of sites & books.

    Me think that the most important document that was missed was the Oracle Server Concepts Manual.

  5. +1 for the fish thought, and +1 for the Concepts Guide.

    Obviously a lot of effort went into answering the questions, but a lot of the referenced links seemed to be a shade off-topic to me,

  6. david aldridge said…Obviously a lot of effort went into answering the questions, but a lot of the referenced links seemed to be a shade off-topic to me,

    Yeah, but that has always been the way with DKB. He provide links to his books/sites even when it is not relevant to the questions asked.

  7. “He provide links to his books/sites even when it is not relevant to the questions asked.”

    Well, it’s one way to get his site up at google’s rankings…

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