Thursday, July 28, 2005
Use Google Before Pestering Folks Who Are More Smarter Than You
I do a lot of Googling because there are a great many things I don't know on a great many topics. It doesn't bother me to admit that because my stock answer is "I don't know the answer, but I can find it." I'm fortunate to have a couple contacts I can go to for hard problems, but I always, always (OK, almost always) spend some time researching the issue before I pester them. Those folks are much smarter than me and I don't want to burn up their time with continual pestering comments. (Besides, they're working at paying jobs and I can't expect them to take IM coffee breaks all the time when I'm looking for adult conversation instead of the chatter I get with my five and one year old kids...) Do you know anyone who isn't so considerate and needs a gentle reminder that they should do some legwork first? Take a look at this site. Read the info page and you can quickly figure out how to put together a Google query string to help lazy folks along.