How to be a good Newbie
One of the things I've been looking at lately is how Newbies are treated out there in the big, bad world of DBA's, particularly in forums and discussion groups.
Some forums and individuals are quite tolerant of Newbies and aim to be helpful, others are just downright hostile.
RTFM seems to be the stock answer of choice these days, with the Newbie often left thinking 'which FM are they talking about!'
A previous post on Tom Kyte's blog talks about this in depth.
What I'd like to know is, what do the 'elders' in the community expect from Newbies?
What would make you more enthused to help out?
I received an email from Jeff Hunter outlining the ways in which he believed Newbies could raise their profile.
It was very helpful, and with hindsight, most of it is common sense.
These forums are a free service, nobody is obliged to answer a post.
Newbies should also not forget that many of the people responding are at work themselves, so they don't appreciate being asked to do someone else's job for them.
Newbies are more likely to get a helpful response if they can prove they have done some thinking for themselves.
Sending a post saying "I have a problem, X, I have tried solutions Y and Z, but I still have a problem, what can I try next" is more likely to get a response than "It's broken tell me how to fix it".
What suggestions do you have?