Joined: 20 Oct 2007
|Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:02 pm Post subject: To Those Intermediates Who Come for Help
|This is addressed to those who know some AJAX but come for help with other aspects of it.
This board is in its infancy, and the administrator is doing a great job of getting people to it (which is why you're here), while I'm doing a very sorry job of taking care of the traffic. (I don't have a job here yet, but I expect to soon, plus I like the idea of a community of AJAX programmers.) If you see something you can possibly help with, I ask you to do so, especially if help is a few days late on it (i.e., the Original Poster has asked a question and not been answered, regardless of how many replies the thread has). This is actually the reason that I'm here, but that lengthy story is for another thread.
The ethics/philosophy behind this is that There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Despite the efforts of numerous people and the consequent illusion of goods and services (including this one) provided at no cost on the WWW, such things are not truly free. No, I don't mean we're pulling the wool over your eyes and scamming you, but everything incurs cost somewhere. Perhaps it doesn't cost you personally, but it likely will, directly or indirectly. For example, if this board were to die for lack of contribution, you couldn't get help here anymore, and I wouldn't have a job and so would return to the market and compete with you (plus any contributions I might make to society would be hindered). A very common example is that if too many trees die for various reasons, they can't provide oxygen to us (although trees grow healthier as we provide them with carbon dioxide in place of the oxygen).
So this is basically the "non-binding contract" we, and all similar efforts, have with you. You are not legally required to honor it, but the economy is subject to laws of nature just like all other systems, including physics, biology, morality, chemistry, civilization, and others, and these laws tend to punish those who don't observe them more than anyone else. (The easiest way to test this idea is to jump off a cliff or other elevated platform, although I don't recommend it.)
In ALL things, strive for ><>,