dansgold said:Hardly. There are plenty of questions so stupid they should NEVER be asked.
I agree that there is a time and place for certain questions, and some questions may make someone uncomfortable. Some questions may be redundant. People SHOULD read the instructions! However, I support the right to question.
Questions are the engine that drives knowledge. The only hard question is one we do not know the answer to, or are afraid of the answer.
If one does not want to read a question, then don't. If one does not want to answer a question, then don't.
I hope I never reach a state of arrogance and narcissism that would lead me to believe I could be the judge as to whether someone could ask a question or not. Everyone has asked a question at some time that someone else thought was stupid; opinions vary.
No one is infallible. We are all learners and never reach a plateau that affords us a right to look down on someone for being new at something. We certainly do not have a right to stifle questioning. We all had to be "Newbies", at some time. We also should allow newbies to make some mistakes without demoralizing them.
If we belittle questions as being silly, stupid, or unnecessary and say they should not be asked, then what is the good in a site such as this? Is it a site for learning, or merely a site for persons who feel they have a certain prowess in an art or subject to bloviate?
1. The mistakes I make are always in the simple things.
2. I will never be intimidated by anyone.
3. No one can make me feel inferior.
4. No one will make me feel my questions are unnecessary.
5. I will question everything.
6. I will learn.
7. I will become good, very good, at my chosen task.
8. I will always take the time to answer questions asked of me.
9. I will never forget to read the instructions first.
10. I will not forget; there are few masters at anything.