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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] "Newbie-ized help"

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] "Newbie-ized help"
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 18:22:38 -0400
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On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 07:19:45AM +1000, Zenaan Harkness wrote:
> However, what I would suggest, is that unless it's needed as a standard
> part of working on public ("open") projects, the newbie doesn't need it.
> I'm working on an internal/ proprietary project though, so I can't
> comment further on that.

Since when is help "only for newbies"?

Certainly the help output should be "newbie friendly", in that it shouldn't
be completely overloaded with random commands to the point of seeming absurd
and daunting, but that hardly means there shouldn't be some frequently used
"level 2" commands in there (those used by people doing things other than
constantly updating from other's public archives).

`...the Soviet Union was sliding in to an economic collapse so comprehensive
 that in the end its factories produced not goods but bads: finished products
 less valuable than the raw materials they were made from.'  [The Economist]

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