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Sandeep Jindal
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Hi,

I am using this forum from more than a year. This duration speaks bout the populairty and effectiveness of the forum. This is a good forum to get your questions answered in a very short span. Thanks for all the people responsible for these.

These days, I am in the working of answers some of the post(ofcourse simple ones ). See i can see the many questions remain answered.
I have observered that the genral questions are answered very rapidly and effectivly, but if there is some level of difficlty/complexness in the question.. the question remains unanswered. This happend to me for 3-4 times. I remember few like:
- Documentation of TagLibs
- Socket.close method

In one post, i got answer out of way, and for others few, i am still waiting for answer.

I know there are many java gurus and gaints and authors in this forum. So please aswer those questions help we people out.

Regards
Sandeep Jindal
 
Jeroen Wenting
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remember that everyone here answers questions only in his (or her) spare time.
If something takes a lot of time and research to answer it may well not be feasible for anyone to invest the effort unless he needs the same information in his own line of work (or has in the recent past).
The more obscure the question, the less likely that's to happen and the more likely the question is to remain unanswered.

This is the case with all vollunteer services.
 
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What Jeroen says is true.
What's more is the trade of programming is a process of acquiring knowledge and learning how to apply that knowledge. For example, in your post here, I suspect that you have a basic understanding how sockets work but not an understanding of how sockets can be used effectively, so I pointed you to the Java Tutorial. I hoped you would attempt to work throught the tutorial and attempt to apply (or ask about applying) the information in the tutorial to your problem. Instead, your reply to my post sounds like "I know what the API does, but I want it to do something different". I really don't know what to do with that reply, so I let the conversation drop. Maybe you should have given some more detail or a code snippet to explain why you were avoiding using a standard technique (i.e. a network protocol). Did you get around to reading the tutorial?
 
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i would assume the more difficult questions are posed by the more advanced programmers. Hopefully they have reached the point where they can find other avenues for getting answers than just here - in other words, they might use this site as one possible resouce, but they should know/find/explore other avenues as well.

Further, the more obscure (read: difficult) questions take longer to research and answer. I can help 10 beginning java programers get past some minor hurdles that cause them extreme frustration, or i can help one person find an answer they should be able to find on their own.

plus, to repeat what Jeroen and Joe said, i can easily find 2 minutes to answer an easy question, but it's hard to find 30 minutes to research a harder question
 
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Asking a question on JavaRanch is like asking a group of your friends, standing around the coffee pot. If they know the answer, they'll tell you. If someone doesn't know, but has some extra time, they may volunteer to help you figure it out -- if you're nice to them. But otherwise, they say "I dunno," and you have to go back to your desk and try to figure it out on your own. The important thing to remember is that none of those friends around the coffee machine is obligated to help you -- they only do it because they like to help people.

The only difference is that on JavaRanch, you've got 80,000 friends, and some of them are really, really smart.
 
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EFH wrote:
The only difference is that on JavaRanch... some of them are really, really smart.


I think you just called all my friends dumb!!!
 
Gregg Bolinger
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You know, this thread could be flipped. I love it when I go to all the effort of answering a question and then never hear back from the original poster. Just take my money and run.
 
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When I saw the subject, my first suggestion was to tickle them.
 
Sandeep Jindal
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Dear All,

Thanks for all the replies.
I already knew the replies are volunteerly replies and no body is obliged to reply.
But i was just comparing the frequcy of reply now and a year back. And just showed an example where the questions were unanswered. This is just an example, i have seen many (of other peoples) that remain unanswered.

I am not blaming anybody, infact i am saying that this site is the best to get an answer, probably thats why i am here.

I just want to say that I wanted the a forum where I am getting any problem, the gaints should reply the answer. There was some hack in this aspect thats why i started this thread.

Again, no offence against anybody.. it was just my view to make this forum a great success.

Thanks
 
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