What djohnston said!
I get upset when someone says "I am dumb" or "I ask dumb questions," so I usually remain quiet so as to not let my upset come through in my response. Seeking knowledge can never be dumb. A person seeking knowledge is a smart person. Period. I give no leeway on this. That's my personal position.
IMO, anyone who has taken the step of installing PCLinuxOS and of coming here to ask a question has shown him/herself to be above average smart.
OK, sorry Neal, it's more an Australian sarcastic way of speaking.
"I ask the dumb question's, so no one else has to."
( I note Americans may take this in a way not intended; as 'tongue in cheek.')
Simply a tool to fuel conversation was what I felt needed to be had.
It is good that we have really nutted out what Hootiegibbon initially posted; and the dynamics involved.
I was in a position like dcwbis, - Reply #54 dcwbis - Reply #54
"...What is it about certain posts that gives people the impression that the questions are not of a personal nature, but are instead support questions for paying clients?
"...I cannot say that I have spotted anything that I suspected of being asked for a paying third party."
Now I understand, not being much of a support giver, don't get to see what busy volunteers see, plus IRC, I've never seen anyone online even.
The income of a very giving person, Texstar, being eroded by unscrupulous "Tech Support" people should not happen.
Mechanisms to stop this was were I felt a hearty discussion could be had, and should be had. Maybe some more ideas will come out here.
I won't say 'Dumb' - 'Question', again. International language, in text, can be difficult to express / comprehend, with its nuances...
Hoping Texstar gets what he deserves; a great income, plus satisfaction that his community is behind him. Also we all need to donate, possibly, which is what I will be doing. ( ...as we are being served by the grace of too much kindness).
The guy's getting a free ride off of Texstar's work, and the info that Volunteers offer here at Forum, hopefully get this, or will get 'IT' very soon.