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Kristen
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  05:24:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I get hacked off when people put that in their posts. If it's their first post I get more hacked off.

Do people really read posts and think "I know the answer to that, I'll come back in three days and type it in ..."?

Am I just a miserable old git, or will it be OK to reply thus in future:

"Sorry I couldn't answer sooner, but as your question was urgent I'm sure I'm too late now so I'll help someone else instead"

GilaMonster
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

South Africa
4507 Posts

Posted - 01/16/2010 :  07:35:54  Show Profile  Visit GilaMonster's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You're not the only one irritated by it. Often (depending on my mood) I'll ignore questions that shout 'urgent, urgent' as a matter of principal. It's a form of the 'me first, to hell with everyone else' attitude that's so prevalent (and annoying). I look at that as the poster essentially saying 'I'm more important than everybody else here, help me not them', and that's just not on.

To quote an article I found a while back "Don't flag your questions as 'urgent'. That's your problem, not ours"

I especially get irritated when the question's a simple one. One I had on SSC a while back was something like this.
quote:
What's the meaning of INIT in a backup statement. Answer quickly. Very urgent

Very urgent, but not urgent enough for the person to do some work themselves and open Books Online (or google).

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Kristen
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  08:25:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"That's your problem, not ours"

Now that I like ...
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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/16/2010 :  08:27:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
P.S. I worry that I'm misunderstanding some face-saving nuance from some cultures?

"Really urgent" === "I'm really sorry to bother you, I wouldn't be asking in a public forum, and losing face, at all if my boss wasn't about to shoot me, and to save some face I can't actually bring myself to tell you what a complete waste of space I am" ... something like that anyway
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webfred
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Germany
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  08:32:25  Show Profile  Visit webfred's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Often when a "urgent" post isn't clear to me then I post a question to make it more clear.
The needed answer to my question, without I can't help, comes hours or days later or sometimes never... so it was VERY URGENT.

But I am not ignoring those kind of posts, I am just answering it like all other posts, if I can...only ignoring the word urgent.


No, you're never too old to Yak'n'Roll if you're too young to die.
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webfred
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Germany
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  08:37:51  Show Profile  Visit webfred's Homepage  Reply with Quote
PS: I get hacked off when a poster isn't able to give a needed example and I have asked for an example one or three times.
AND I get hacked off when I was asking for an example because it is absolutly not clear what the poster wants and then another poster thinks that he can give an answer while he is (in germany we say:) shooting into the blue...


No, you're never too old to Yak'n'Roll if you're too young to die.
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Kristen
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 01/16/2010 :  09:01:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"shooting into the blue"

That'll be like "whistling in the wind"
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GilaMonster
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South Africa
4507 Posts

Posted - 01/16/2010 :  10:09:10  Show Profile  Visit GilaMonster's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by webfred

PS: I get hacked off when a poster isn't able to give a needed example and I have asked for an example one or three times.


Yup. We had one of those over at SSC last week. The person got all irate about us asking for table definitions, sample data and some explanation of a completely vague question and eventually posted that they will "go and get the answer for less $$$ somewhere else"

Of course that lead to some people making some comments about "less than free"

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RickD
Slow But Sure Yak Herding Master

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01/18/2010 :  06:27:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazing what people get annoyed about..

I am the same mind. It is even worse when you have answered the question they originally asked, just to get a reply asking for something else and needing to haqve it yesterday.

If you had two questions, post two questions.
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graz
Chief SQLTeam Crack Dealer

USA
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Posted - 01/18/2010 :  10:02:15  Show Profile  Visit graz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have to agree on all the urgent posts. Maybe we need a filter to temporarily hide those for a bit :)

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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2010 :  10:27:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will endeavour to reply 1 second after they post them apologising for my delay and that I regret being too late to be any help ...

Edited by - Kristen on 01/18/2010 10:28:16
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tripodal
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

259 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2010 :  12:54:47  Show Profile  Click to see tripodal's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Your problem is self hate, because you cant help people faster :-D

In either case, when I remember to hit F5, you have always posted.


mah proof!

me - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 10:58:47
kristin - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 11:26:09
kristin - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 11:32:37

me - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 11:44:14
me - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 11:45:12

kristin - Posted - 01/15/2010 : 12:24:4


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elwoos
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01/19/2010 :  09:04:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm dissapointed by this thread given the title and the author

I know I'm a little late (better late than never), welcome back to the forums Kristen. I take it the round the world cruise took a little longer than expected


steve

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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2010 :  09:53:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Look mate, answers were urgent. Its absolutely no use pitching up NOW with YOUR answer. Got it?



P.S. Still no update on http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=36375&whichpage=7 ?
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elwoos
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

United Kingdom
2050 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2010 :  10:23:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Still no update on http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=36375&whichpage=7 ?


Funny you should mention that - it was urgent 2 years ago

steve

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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2010 :  10:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hahaha here's a for you
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blindman
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
2365 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2010 :  13:46:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kristen

Am I just a miserable old git, or will it be OK to reply thus in future:

"Sorry I couldn't answer sooner, but as your question was urgent I'm sure I'm too late now so I'll help someone else instead"


Can we only choose one?

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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2010 :  14:09:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Can we only choose one?"

Yes&No, you can only choose the second one [:D)]
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X002548
Not Just a Number

15586 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2010 :  19:16:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...ok...something discontiguous

...god didn't make little green apples....


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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22431 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2010 :  02:32:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"something discontiguous"

I think I might use that word to describe real-world behaviour of IDENTITY()
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blindman
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
2365 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2010 :  15:05:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.

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