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Re: Re: Re: Complex solutions to simple

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  • Subject: [mg104922] Re: [mg104893] Re: [mg104845] Re: Complex solutions to simple
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at austin.rr.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 05:55:36 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <hd3mr5$9pv$1@smc.vnet.net> <hd6cg3$pf5$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: drmajorbob at yahoo.com

> I will like to add that it is a matter of basic courtesy for someone  
> posting a question to insure that:
...
> (ii) the reasons for asking a question, be it research, commercial work  
> or homework assignments etc. are clearly explained.

Seeing that in every post would be a lot of bother, and the issue doesn't  
matter to me.

> In other words, I think in this case David Bailey did exactly the right  
> thing and has no need at all to apologise.

Agreed. Even if David did the wrong thing, he's helping people for free,  
with no compensation of any kind. To anyone who is unsatisfied, my advice  
is: "Treat yourself to a full refund. No... make it a DOUBLE refund."


On both points, Steve Christensen makes the rules; nobody else.

Bobby

On Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:08:20 -0600, Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>  
wrote:

>
> On 11 Nov 2009, at 18:30, David Bailey wrote:
>
>> AES wrote:
>>> In article <hd8sf9$5vo$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
>>> dragonman <morrisneedleman at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> For goodness sake I am a teacher. Feel free to google me. Its
>>>> Mathematica's representation of solutions I wanted. Feel free to
>>>> apologise any time.
>>>> Many thanks to the helpful posters above.
>>>
>>> A very nice reply! -- and one I'd hope may have some impact on this
>>> group.
>>>
>>> Out of curiosity, did your personal background or vocabulary
>>> (pre-Mathematica) include some conceptual understanding of any of the
>>> terms
>>>
>>>   local vs global variables
>>>   functional vs procedural programming
>>>   mapping
>>>
>>> as they are used in Mathematica?
>>>
>> Well I am sorry if I made a mistake here, but we do get a fair few
>> students trying to get homework questions answered here. The usual
>> response to such questions is along the lines of my original reply.
>>
>> What do you think we should do with such questions, AES - simply reply
>> regardless?
>>
>> David Park has given a solution, so I guess there is nothing more to be
>> said.
>>
>> David Bailey
>> http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk
>>
>
> I will like to add that it is a matter of basic courtesy for someone  
> posting a question to insure that:
>
> (i)  anyone answering it will not have to go into avoidable trouble of  
> re-reformulating it using proper Mathematica syntax, guess missing data  
> etc., etc.
>
> (ii) the reasons for asking a question, be it research, commercial work  
> or homework assignments etc. are clearly explained.
>
> Nowadays I usually ignore questions that do not satisfy these  
> conditions. I wish more people adopted a similar policy - answering  
> certain kinds of questions may actually be doing more harm than good.
>
> In other words, I think in this case David Bailey did exactly the right  
> thing and has no need at all to apologise.
>
> Andrzej Kozlowski


-- 
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