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Old 2021-01-29, 22:39   #870
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Posters are often forcefully corrected when posting an incorrect answer to someone else's question- and the worse the advice the less polite the correction is. Posters who usually give valuable advice but blurt out something mistaken are handled more gently than posters who routinely give bad advice or misunderstand questions.

As for asking- people who ask the same question multiple times, or in multiple threads, are not treated very kindly. I suppose that can feel like "do not ask at all", but my experience is the times that replies feel unkind are often when the question and answer are one thread away in the same subforum, or 20 posts up in the same thread.
Admitting one is wrong goes a long way. Everyone screws up, RDS, and I, and many others. When our error is brought to our attention we acknowledge it gracefully and thank the person who reports it.

Those who refuse to acknowledge their error and flame the reporter are treated much more harshly.

The way in which one asks a question is also important. Contrast "I do not understand Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, can anyone explain it to me or give me pointers to the literature please" with "Why do journal editors refuse to publish my groundbreaking proofs of the Goldbach conjecture and the Riemann hypothesis?".
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Old 2021-01-30, 09:34   #871
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As is The Prince.
I try to also bring in Sun Tzu's work where ever possible.
Fred Brooks' The Mythical Man Month is required reading.
But, for some weird reason, most people don't seem to read anymore...
"They spoke of mere power, that was the point.
Even Keynes, involved in state affairs and devoted to economics,
did so in the belief that with such tawdry problems solved,
people could start to think about something important."
(from "Alan Turing: the Enigma" by Andrew Hodges)
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Old 2021-01-30, 17:45   #872
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Horse beer served indoors in Canada.
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Old 2021-01-30, 18:21   #873
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About 40 years ago I used to visit a pub in Jericho. (An area of Cambridge, not a town in Israel.)

One of the regulars used to bring her rat to the bar. Absolutely charming little beastie and much liked by everyone else present. It would drink beer from a (cleaned) ashtray and eat peanuts from a saucer.

It would also spend some time on her shoulder and would accept tickling and scratching from other customers.

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Old 2021-01-30, 21:08   #874
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Horse beer served indoors in Canada.
Hmm, I wonder... [Google Google]

How 'bout that. I expected a horse would like the taste of beer (check), and a mere pitcher would have little effect on one (check), but I did not know that horses had livers that could process alcohol much faster than human livers can. And I had no idea that beer was a folk remedy for horses with "anhidrosis," or inability to sweat sufficiently (or at all).

This is certainly an educational thread!
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Old 2021-01-30, 21:22   #875
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You can lead a horse to beer but you can't make it drunk...
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Old 2021-02-04, 11:28   #876
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Friend sent me this.

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An old school buddy sent me this a while back.
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Old 2021-02-05, 17:35   #878
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The one and only.
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Old 2021-02-26, 16:56   #879
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We can all have fun by looking at these three pictures.

Cheers,
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Old 2021-02-26, 17:00   #880
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I couldn't resist. Here is one more.
My apologies if some of this is a repeat.


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