Saturday, December 02, 2006

Audacity...

Main Entry: au·dac·i·ty
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Etymology: Middle English audacite, from Latin audac-, audax
1 : the quality or state of being audacious : as a : intrepid boldness b : bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints <had the audacity to defy his boss>
2 : an audacious act -- usually used in plural <her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him -- Edith Wharton>

I cannot for the life of my figure out why some people would do this.  Make sure to read the bit right above that link too - it was homework.  And then there is this.  "Can I have your email so I can send you my queries through email". 

I like helping - in fact, it is something I really enjoy.  But sometimes - just sometimes, I question some peoples "thought process". 

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21 Comments:

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> "Can I have your email so I can send you my queries through email"

Correct answer: "Sure ... and here's my paypal ID as well so you can send me your salary".

Sat Dec 02, 04:41:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Yeah! 'audacity', indeed, is the right word.

"Can I have your email so I can send you my queries through email" -- this is so outright dumb, and so very crude.

"Can you teach me AQL also?
Sounds interesting . . . " -- either this chap is dumber than the one above , or he's a good sense of humor.

I'd always thought you have team for handling those questions at AskTom.

Just want to thank you for running that great forum.

Sat Dec 02, 05:27:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

this is perhaps normal behavior in the countries of origin those that submitted the questions
I've come across such an attitude quite a lot

Sat Dec 02, 07:01:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

To one above --

I'd rather you not make such a blanket-statement.

Sat Dec 02, 07:49:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I concur with the blanket statement comment. It comes from ALL OVER the world, without exception.

Sat Dec 02, 07:55:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

point taken and apologies
no intention to insult anyone

Sat Dec 02, 09:15:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Good he didn't ask for your cell number so he could call you from the examination center...!! Audacity is too mild a word for this kind of behavior.

Tom, when dealing with these kind of posts, do you still manage to stay within the 90% (cool and calm) limit? If yes, then you need to tell me how you manage that, because just reading that post, I went way out of the 90% band...

Sat Dec 02, 10:22:00 PM EST  

Blogger ebrian said....

This type of attitude is perpetuated on all of the online forums. It absolutely amazes me how people can come to these sites begging for answers and DEMANDING a response ! This is definitely NOT isolated to a specific region; this characteristic permeates globally. I understand the influence of cultural differences, but if individuals can take the time to come to online forums begging for answers, then I don't think it's asking too much to exhibit some semblance of respect and appreciation for the gratuitous work that you and other contributors from other forums provide.

Sat Dec 02, 11:51:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Gabe said....

My only surprise was that you knew what OMG and TTFN mean!

Sun Dec 03, 12:08:00 AM EST  

Blogger Peter K said....

Heh...one of my ex-employee (thankfully) had the audacity to tell me to RTFM after I queried him to try to understand why he would need two weeks to create a new database. He also told me to RTFM on SQL syntax after I suggested that he can use the "ALTER USER ... IDENTIFIED BY VALUES..." statement to temporarily assume a database user without having to know the user's password.

Sun Dec 03, 01:50:00 AM EST  

Anonymous mlot said....

ano said,
this is perhaps normal behavior in the countries of origin...


I swear before I clicked on the link "this", I guessed 2 things :
1) this is about an AskTom post.
2) poster of land of origin.

always very polite yet..uh..naive

Sun Dec 03, 03:26:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


I swear before I clicked on the link "this", I guessed 2 things :


Yeah right!! One of those New Yorkers again brazenly displaying his holier than thou attitude!

Sun Dec 03, 04:22:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom,

In this post, the reviewer mlot from NY has posted a review which sounds a bit patronizing to me personally(especially the "you people" in quotes part is a bit offensive and very generic, I think). I don't know if other people agree but this is my personal opinion. I also know that you don't delete any reviews and I am not even asking you to do that, but using asktom to post such reviews is just as "audacious", I think!

P.S. The comment above this one is by me as well!

Sun Dec 03, 04:45:00 AM EST  

Anonymous mlot said....

Anonymous said....
Yeah right!! One of those New Yorkers again brazenly displaying his holier than thou attitude!


pot calling kettle black

Sun Dec 03, 03:33:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Can I have your email so I can send you my queries through email

Correct answer: "Sure! support-training_US@oracle.com"

Mon Dec 04, 10:08:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I'm reminded of a wonderful Yiddish word: Chutzpah! The classic example is the boy who kills his parents, then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan.

Mon Dec 04, 10:34:00 AM EST  

Blogger Niall said....

mlot said
ano said,
this is perhaps normal behavior in the countries of origin...

I swear before I clicked on the link "this", I guessed 2 things :
1) this is about an AskTom post.
2) poster of land of origin.

always very polite yet..uh..naive


Let me guess mlot - your country of origin or at least residence is the United States? Wouldn't that be an unfair judgement about a particular nationality based on stereotypes? Same goes for the sort of remark above.

Mon Dec 04, 10:35:00 AM EST  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

David's got it right. I would just send them my hourly rate.

Mon Dec 04, 11:44:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Could you also please provide your date of birth, SSN, and mother's maiden name, and perhaps the spare key to the kingdom...

(on a side note so there are no flames that follow, effective sarcasm is when others can't tell

Mon Dec 04, 01:28:00 PM EST  

Anonymous mlot said....


Niall said....
Let me guess mlot - your country of origin or at least residence is the United States?


Correct, in US, in IT,
that's why I KNOW based on
experience and you know the diff btw
IT markets in US & UK, i'm sure.



Niall said....
Wouldn't that be an unfair judgement about a particular nationality based on stereotypes? Same goes for the sort of remark above.


I tell like it is. No personal agenda, "prejudice" etc.

Tue Dec 05, 11:09:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I tell it like it is

No, you are sort of telling it like you perceive it to be honestly.

Wed Dec 06, 06:24:00 AM EST  

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