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    Network Guy
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    Question I don't understand people...

    I've been posting on (a large open source php/MySQL project) message board about scaling the software to millions of users and millions pageviews a day. On one thread I offer a total of 6 changes, then a single user:

    First, celebrates my changes because the software is known to have problems at that scale,
    Then, asks for clarification because he's unable to understand a simple change in the first changeset,
    Then misunderstands the point of the second changeset and wrongly advises another user to delete the entire block instead of work around it with a conditional as I instructed, and
    Finally, tells me that adding a single index (MySQL) to a single integer column on a table will be prohibitively expensive and that it's better to suffer through a few full table scans than add a single index.

    I don't understand how an exchange like this even happens. He's already demonstrated he doesn't understand this software, doesn't understand scale, and probably doesn't program very well in general, why does he think he can jump up and correct someone who's offering fixes to the community that they've verified in production? Forum posters confuse me.

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    It's a mixed up world. I have similar experiences in the music technology forums I frequent. First they love you then they hate you then they lie or misrepresent what you've stated. Then they cry like babies when you contradict them with facts. And occassionally when you are real lucky they post a diatribe over how they are leaving never to return and are embarassed into just that from the responses they recieve.

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    I understand that, I've been banned from almost every Tori Amos forum on the internet.

    (I'm not joking)

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    ....maybe because you write so long boring messages all the time that nobody reads?
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    At times like these, a facepalm is highly recommended.

    Some people do appreciate instructions and assistance but some just don't feel the gratitude and instead challenges the aid. Still, can't let these blip stop us from helping others in future.

    Happy New Year.

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    is everyone high today lol
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    and by the way, happy new year to yo'll. tc
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    If anyone was high then they'd be nicer then the last few post I've read you post here today. get a drink and come down.
    "Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal, and all animals for that matter. The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous."- T. McKenna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff2A View Post
    I understand that, I've been banned from almost every Tori Amos forum on the internet.
    Sounds like a positive thing to me!
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    Just tell him to benchmark it and when he can't figure out how, publicly humiliate him.

    As far as your Tori Amos obsession, I for one know how it feels to be a lesbian trapped in a man's body. All you people better lay off.
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