It really takes no more effort to reply politely than it does to
do so harshly.
Absolutely, and I seem to forget from time to time how sensitive and
fragile some folk are.
So I apologize to Chris for calling his question lazy and not
answering in a more delicate and diplomatic manner.
I should have perhaps suggested Google as a good starting point,
since I live in Germany.
On the subject of questions, let me explain.
At one stage, all my tutorials on my website were free, but I had to
reluctantly make the more complicated ones pay to view.
The reason was because I was spending an inordinate amount of time
every day answering questions.
Send the answer off and that is the last you hear from the person.
I got tired of answering questions and then tipping them into the
black internet void.
So I figured that if someone is prepared to pay a nominal amount for
a tutorial, they are serious enough and any question I answer won't
be time wasted.
This is where I became accomplished to weed out the real questions
as apposed to lazy ones.
Lazy ones are questions that the person could answer quite easily by
themselves but would rather let you do the work.
And once they are answered, the person, without fail, simply
This becomes a bit stale after awhile.
Real questions that can't easily be answered I spend as much time as
At any given stage I have anything from ten to twenty students
around the world that ask me questions pertaining to my tutorials.
So I spend quite a lot of time every week pecking out replies on my
It doesn't make me money, but I love doing it.
So, if you going to ask a question of some one, remember, you are
asking that person to give you some of their time.
And when you receive a reply, send them a thank you or an
It's the right thing to do.