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#ActualiMalc

Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:58 PM

Call be devil's advocate here, but I would advise against trying to divide people into those who are helpful and those who go over the top in providing a reality check, or whatever it is people do. It's all shades of grey, finding the middle ground between going overboard with a reality check vs leading someone on to the point they have been convinced that their own idea is a great idea, only to eventually fall flat on their face when it just cant work in practice. Yes its possible to be too encouraging, though you're right that this is less of a problem.

Also, consider that a lot of people who are generally very helpful, or at least sometimes quite helpful do have bad days where their tolerance has run out, and sometimes lose patience with those who do not allow themselves to be helped easily.

People have vastly differing personality types. Some people very much like strong criticism, and would see encouragement as not useful, while others just want some moral support and don't want to hear what they're done wrong. It is sometimes hard to know how to respond in the ideal manner.

And finally, I must say that the overall quality of posting on this forums superseeds any I've seen on other programming forums.

That all said, thanks for that valuable post and it is something that the more people read the better.

#1iMalc

Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

Call be devil's advocate here, but I would advise against trying to divide people into those who are helpful and those who go over the top in providing a reality check, or whatever it is people do. It's all shades of grey, finding the middle ground between going overboard with a reality check vs leading someone on to the point they have been convinced that their own idea is a great idea, only to eventually fall flat on their face when it just cant work in practice. Yes its possible to be too encouraging.

Also, consider that a lot of people who are generally very helpful, or at least sometimes quite helpful do have bad days where their tolerance has run out, and sometimes lose patience with those who do not allow themselves to be helped easily.

People have vastly differing personality types. Some people very much like strong criticism, and would see encouragement as not useful, while others just want some moral support and don't want to hear what they're done wrong. It is sometimes hard to know how to respond in the ideal manner.

And finally, I must say that the overall quality of posting on this forums superseeds any I've seen on other programming forums.

That all said, thanks for that valuable post and it is something that the more people read the better.

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