A bit of a rant...
Today, I got a really outstanding example of this. I’ve removed the specific example from this email and all identifying information. (I do not believe this falls outside of my “I won’t post your email on the web” statement previously, this is a representative – but 100% unidentifiable - email text, I have many many more like it). Anyway, it starts:
mine in passing a correct SQL query to retrieve the following from a SQL server 2000 .
Ok, let us forget for a moment the author of this email is writing to my business email address (which believe it or not indicates 1) I’m at work, this is a business type email and 2) I’m at work at Oracle, the @oracle.com gives it away). I’m sure capitalization isn’t really relevant in “business 2.0” communication today. We’ll skip that. I do like the use of “u”, “cud”, “hlp”, “lil prob” (is that “lil abner’s” relative?) and the like.
But how do you get from
- I read articles by this other guy, Jonathan (whose email address is actually included in the article they read!)
- I see you work at Oracle, makers of the Oracle Relational Database
- Therefore, you can write my SQL Server query
Ok, I missed that logic leap (used the same logic machine as this guy). Now, just so a teacher/whatever won’t see their problem posted here, I’ll skip the problem statement (actually, it was “not specified very well” so I doubt the teacher would actually recognize it. It did include lots of capitalization though, that was nice).
It closed with:
Ouch. They just had to rub it in didn’t they.
But then, right after that, a really good thing happened. I started reading through my RSS feed of blogs and ran across this one. That was so cool – I hope he writes more stuff. You have to laugh at the use of Latin – nice touch. I did not agree with it 100%, but for the most part I did (a little harsh on the DBA crowd, I don't think the DBA job is the easiest thing to get, there are the good, the bad and the ugly in the DBA crowd - but same is true of "anything" in general)
Life – a bunch of ups and downs – those were mine this morning during coffee.
I do worry about the future sometimes. I often wonder what motivates people to write to strangers with their homework, and not even bother to – well, use full words. I have actually received unsolicited resumes that included the same "instant message" speak (u, cud, and so on...). I do feel obliged to write them back - not out of interest in their resume, but to help them understand what they've done.
Surprisingly - they typically don't appreciate it (even though I do it politely - honestly, I really am trying to give them advice to help them in the future).