[Clayart] The "Throw it away" mentality.

Ken Chase kchase235 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 19:58:49 EDT 2016


I have to chime in here. I've learned a lot
On this forum. So many have assisted in my
Education. None more than Snail. Her gift of communicating information is unmatched.
I save her posts like each was the Holy Grail.
Best to all
Ken

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 11, 2016, at 1:19 PM, Snail Scott <claywork at flying-snail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
>> On Oct 11, 2016, at 12:20 PM, Randall Moody <randall.moody at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As to the idea "It should have been "why do people
>> feel the need to answer questions that aren't asked and not answer
>> questions that are asked”...
> 
> 
> And since Randall wasn’t actually asking…  ;)
> 
> This is a forum with a lot of readers, many of whom are ‘lurkers’. Some 
> people may not be ready to ask questions, whether through shyness, a 
> sense that they ought to look it up elsewhere first, thinking the topic is 
> unworthy, or perhaps simply not having thought of the question previously. 
> Further, although the pace of on-line discussion is a rapid one, the 
> archives will be around long afterward, as a resource for those who’ve 
> forgotten the details or who weren’t around for the original discussion in 
> the first place.
> 
> When I answer a question, I do usually go beyond the scope of the 
> stated request. I’m appallingly long-winded (long-typing?) at times, too. 
> And I’m not giving it up here. (Hah.) Not even apologizing on Yom Kippur...
> 
> I do it for a number of reasons. I do it partly because the answer will remain 
> in the archives for others, and it might as well address related issues that 
> a hypothetical future searcher might have, and not just the laser-focused 
> initial query. Other readers of Clayart may find that they have similar (but
> not identical) issues that they haven’t asked about personally, so why not 
> expand a bit on the topic, into that peripheral, related (but unasked) zone?
> Nobody’s gotta read it all, anyway.  Also, the person who asked the initial 
> question may not have been entirely certain of what they wanted. 
> (Paraphrasing the ‘Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy': ‘Did you really know 
> what the question was?’)  When a topic is new or unfamiliar, it’s easy 
> for the wording of a question to seem definite, when the intent was actually 
> more general or vague, or even worded in an accidentally misleading way. 
> Putting more information into the response than was actually requested 
> increases the chance that the real question will be better addressed, and 
> maybe even some questions that would stem from the response. And let’s 
> add to thislist the fact that sometimes the question is simply misunderstood.
> 
> This is a discussion list, not a digital answer ‘bot, and surely no info is truly 
> wasted.
> 
>          -Snail
> 
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