Sheng-Chieh is right, Buzz. Such an article is not helpful to a newbie. Why is that? Well, there's really many reasons. But I'm not going to critique it in a pragmatic manner, such as that it's missing thus-and-such, or that thus-and-such is confusing. Too many times those sorts or pragmatic discussions devolve into pissing contests. Suffice to say: The cited posting attempts to be helpful, but it lacks a newbie's point of view. You, Buzz, are not a professional writer schooled in rhetoric, so you would probably find it very difficult to identify the posting's deficiencies. Accept that someone skilled in rhetoric develops the ability to step back from even their own writings to see it's jaundiced point of view and to expand that point of view. The rhetorical skills are almost mechanical.Buzzsaw wrote:Uh?Sheng-Chieh wrote:IMHO this is not a helpful reply for a newbies
The answer was in the page in the link. What's unhelpful about that?
But in a sense, you are both right. What you posted was helpful, Buzz, but also it was not knowledge-appropriate for newbies, and so, it's helpfulness was limited.