Asking for too much

A little light relief from parallelism — a question on the forums at DBASupport.com has captured my interest. One of the clearest examples observed in the wild of a person without initiative, possibly taking some course for which SQL is required but not of interest to the attendee.

Is it beyond reason to ask that someone just look up a simple example of what they’re trying to do and compare their own efforts? Apparantly so.