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Re: Substitute the last match of a pattern during parameters expansion.

On Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 3:46 AM Michele Venturi <dardo82@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm not here to ask for help, but to help you improve YOUR project and how to do it...

If you put this in your original email, it would've saved everyone
time. Instead, you put the following:

> Hello, I have a problem, can you help me?

In projects that I own and maintain (zsh is not one of them) I expend
a lot of effort when people ask for help. I consider this time well
spent. These interactions allow me to see what users of my code are
trying to achieve, which in turn guides future development. Advice and
suggestions, on the other hand, have negative average value to me. I
usually ask users to not suggest solutions, for it often makes it
difficult for them to describe the actual problem at hand. Once I know
what the problem is, I'm in a much better position to suggest

Coming back to the two quotes at the top, I would be annoyed if
somebody first asked me for help and then made a turnaround and
attempted to position themselves as a helper. If that person instead
made it clear from the start that they are trying to help, I would
point out that I'm not interested in help or advice but will try to do
my best if *they* need help. Less confusion and less time wasted on
both sides.

Take it with a grain of salt. I can easily imagine that other
maintainers see feedback differently from myself.


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