To Ray and others,
This brings it back to reliance and responsibility. When I post
something on the list it's generally in response to a question with
limited information provided. It may, in fact, be the wrong question
and the most important information may have been omitted. I don't want
to take full responsibility and have the recipient (and who knows how
many others) rely on the information unless they are going to provide
much more detailed information and pay me a fee.
To put this in perspective, a few days ago someone asked for help in
designing guy supported sign and I provided a fairly detailed response.
Now I'm absolutely certain that I could design a guy supported sign
should the need arise; but I have no idea whether a guy supported sign
is economically or even technically viable for the specific situation
or, indeed, whether the corespondent is capable of utilizing the
information I provided; I just responded to the question.
I've often seen conflicting opinions expressed on the list coming from
engineers whose names I see often and have come to respect. One obvious
reason would seem to be that each one is reading a different question or
assuming different circumstances given the general lack of information
provided by the question. You can't really expect us to be certain of
our responses on the net; the most that you can really expect is that we
are sincere in our efforts to be helpful; we (at least most of us) are
A big risk in taking advice from this list is that the provider is
misinformed; a small risk is that the provider is incompetent or a
prankster. In either case it is the user's responsibility to verify any
advice provided. As my former accountant once informed me "Free advice
is usually worth what you pay for it".
Best regards to all,
H. Daryl Richardson
Ray Pixley wrote:
> Amen to that.
> What would be nice is some means of indicating how sure they are on what they post, something like what goes on in the "so you want to be a millionaire" show where the hot seat occupier calls a friend. For those folks who haven't seen the show, the friend advises the contestant of what answer they should use and sometimes gives a percentage on how sure he is of the answer.
> For opinions given on this list, I'd like to know who is acting as a textbook wired for sound and who has actually had hands-on experience with the subject of discussion.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)home.com
> Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 13:58:08 -0600
> Whether or not we can be sued in civil court is yet a third consideration different from the other two. I (and apparently others as well) have felt free to contribute to this list in the expectation that those seeking information were sufficiently informed to know that they had to consider any information from an unknown source as questionable; they should not rely on it without question hence they had to verify it for themselves; and they had to assume responsibility for their own actions whether or not they took any advice offered.
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