10 cent fixes (somewhat OT)

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Quote from email (there was much more along the same line). See also sig
for why he talks about book(s).

  Now, in the past I considered purchasing a book from your wishlist and
  sending it to you as a thank you, but I realized that it wasn't worth
  it. For two reasons: (1) most the books on your list are high
  priced--try finding some $5 books that match the $5 fixes I ask you
  about (where the shipping isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg on
  top of it); (2) the cost of buying it and having it shipped to my
  place only to re-ship it to Mexico is a rip off because I'm wasting
  twice as much money just to get it to you.

  As I said, I have only ever asked you how to fix what was wrong in MY
  coding. I never asked you to re-write it or to write the entire thing
  for me. If I had you write an entire script for me, then, yes, I would
  send you a book or two or three. But asking you to EDIT my code so I
  know where I'm going wrong is an entirely different story. I have
  certainly not come to you with "unlimited" requests. The above example
  demonstrates well the kind of EDITS that I ask about MY code. It's
  like a 10 cent fix

  I don't know what others come to you about, but if you paid attention
  to what I write, my requests are very simple: tell me what I'm doing
  wrong. I know the code I am using works, whether theoretically or
  practically the way I have written it, and I just asked you to verify
  that it should work (e.g., "($ctime)=(split(/\#/,$lines[1],6))[4];
  $ctime=&GetLastDatePosted;") and/or to point out what is missing
  (e.g., "grep { /\w/ }"). As found out, the reason my $ctime wasn't
  working was because of an error in the &GetLastDatePosted; code
  itself, using (time) instead of ($tm). If I was asking you to write
  everything from scratch, or re-write everything, instead of asking you
  to check and verify it for me (since I am not fluent with the
  language), then you would have a very valid point about "unlimited
  help." If that's a problem, then I won't bother you again. For a 10
  cent fix, if you should actually provide that fix, a simple "Thank
  you" should suffice.

I've kindly told him not to contact me again, but he might start
contacting other people, so be warned. This is a very ungrateful person

I have no problem helping people for free on Usenet. But I think it's
fair that if you mail me several times and ask for help that I can ask
something in return instead of the person deciding how much I should be

[1] He suddenly contacted me again, after I had told him at least twice
    that something in return would be appreciated. He did hide is name
    from me, but from the code it was obvious this is the same person.  

John Bokma                                                               j3b

Blog: http://johnbokma.com/        Perl Consultancy: http://castleamber.com/
Perl for books:    http://johnbokma.com/perl/help-in-exchange-for-books.html

Re: 10 cent fixes (somewhat OT)

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[stuff I'll hopefully not find in my mail]

Debugging code is at least as much work as writing code, more so if
debugging someone else's code and yet more so if "throw the crud away and
re-implement it sanely" is not an option.  

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"Very ungrateful" is not a term I'd use to describe someone who tries to
bully other people into doing his work because he is too lazy to do
it himself ...

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