Who doesn't get bored with hearing someone earnestly tell you something you've heard so many times before that you've lost count and even stopped remembering who has and has not tried to say it to you (unless it's something you would be shocked to hear from a friend of course)? Who doesn't get pissed off when you know that the person saying this to you knows this as well and is just saying it to stop anybody else (especially you) from saying something else? Who can resist at least feeling the temptation to inteerrupt their spiel with "I've heard it all before and so has everybody else and you know it!". These are or course fighting words so best avoided unless absolutely necessary - AssumeGoodFaith.

Hence frequent exhortations to ReadTheFineManual?, or at least the FrequentlyAskedQuestions.

When such situations occur frequently in a certain medium (eg. IRC or Usenet), this clearly indicates that there is no easy way to find past answers to the questions. Perhaps the manual is not accessable or hard to understand, or is missing vital CommunityLore. Perhaps the search function returns many unusable results. Perhaps the answers are on a completely different site.

On a wiki, we expect that links to the answer can be created wherever such a repetitive question is bound to pop up. On IRC, usually a [[bot?]] is used to help answer questions.

On #emacs, we use a bot [1] that knows all the page titles of the Emacs Wiki. Thus, we can use a bot command to have the bot print the page name and the URL. This saves us all quite some time, and if the question is not answered on the wiki, we are motivated to add it to the wiki, in order to save us some time in the future.

See AugmentedArgument for a possible solution.


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