People like that are time sinks — they take without giving back, and they waste time we could have spent on another question more interesting and another person more worthy of an answer. We realize that there are many people who just want to use the software we write, and who have no interest in learning technical details.For most people, a computer is merely a tool, a means to an end; they have more important things to do and lives to live.
But it's simply not efficient for us to try to help people who are not willing to help themselves.
It's OK to be ignorant; it's not OK to play stupid.
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