Like never before in history, we have resources of information literally at our finger tips.
Numerous Internet search engines allow us the convenience of “answers” to any question we have as quick as we can punch in the appropriate numbers and/or letters.
I love this freedom more than I can stand!
When one wants to know who won the decathlon in the 1936 Olympics, one can find out in seconds! Or how about, what are the ingredients of dog biscuits? Or how about how many chickens will fit in a cow? (Actually that one is probably a bit harder to find out but some people do know I think.)
So the question is, why do we not utilize these resources more than we do?
Most of us, as professionals, are on numerous professional forums and routinely see the questions posted that often times could have easily been answered by a quick Google search. A little search could have saved the questioner from a barrage of demeaning, “What-the-heck-are-you-a-newbie?” type criticisms from supposed peers.
While I could discuss the problems with “oldies” being “asses,” I will limit my discussion today to encouraging anyone with a question, to at least first attempt to ask the search engines. It might even allow the questioner to phrase any further question in such a way as to not embarrass oneself in the “Open Temple of Criticism."
There is an old wisdom that the only bad question is the one that does not get asked. I think this is true, but it is also wise to perhaps ask it of a source that has no chance of laughing at you for asking.
Then again, why not just go for it—and never pass up the opportunity to embarrass oneself—and find out who the asses might be.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle