[Sugar-devel] how to ask a question -- was Re: Ticket no #2210 words don't changed when language is changed

David Farning dfarning at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 15:32:43 EDT 2010

On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 20:08, David Farning <dfarning at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 1:54 AM, Ishan Bansal <ishan at seeta.in> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> I am working on the ticket http://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/2210.
>>> To solve the above bug i am thinking of clearing the text in the text to be
>>> translate box when ever the language to be translated is being changed.
>>> Please provide suggestion on any better approach to deal with this bug.
>> Over the last month this list has seen a significant increase in
>> requests for pointers.
>> Asking questions is an healthy part of learning, but asking for
>> 'pointers' is _not_ going to be particularly helpful.  It shifts the
>> effort to the person answering the question rather then the person
>> asking the question.  Effectively asking questions is an art.  Asking
>> question is so important that Eric Raymond, author of the Cathedral
>> and the Bazaar, has written and maintained an article about how to ask
>> questions the smart way at
>> http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html .
>> I strongly suggest reading the article.  The time spent learning how
>> to ask questions the smart way... and asking questions the smart way
>> will pay for itself very quickly.  Questions asked the smart way will
>> generally get quicker responses and better answers.
>> Two additional points
>>  -- If you are new to the list please clearly describe 1) What you
>> know, 2) What you don't know, 3) and what you think you have to learn
>> to solve your problem.  This provides the person answering the
>> question a sense of scope.
> This is very well put, lately I have felt like I would need to explain
> most I know about software engineering in order to give an useful
> reply.

And if anyone feels dumb expressing what they don't know..... Please
note that I just committed one of the biggest mistakes in mailing list
manners:(  I hijacked this thread without reseting the subject.    We
all make mistakes and we all get peer reviewed.


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