EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: This is not personal. I'm sure @Leigh's points of view are as good or better than mine. I just wanted to (re?)open a discussion on the general topic of FGITW, maybe from a slightly different point of view (namely, not votes).
If I understand correctly, SOf's philosophy is to promote quick answers. You can't blame posters for trying to provide an initial quick pointer that can be further ellaborated into a complete answer either by the poster, another editor, or the OP him/herself.
That's what I recently did, just to find my answer blocked when I came back to complete it. How can this be so?
My answer was also downvoted, probably by the same person, but this is not an issue at all. Please let's avoid directing any answer through this path.
EDIT - Links:
A very important point to note almost 2 hours after the question was posted is that there are 2 others answers by different persons referring to
psutil. One slightly more ellaborated than the other. Mine is a completely different line of thought.
However, what is really surprising is that my answer (nothing else!) was upvoted and not any of the other 2!!! What's going on here? I didn't really expect this. My answer was supposed to be the minority/alternative/dissident point of view. Did I read OP's intentions from a not-so-well formulated question through some ESP power I didn't know I have? Was my answer more powerful (in the sense of solving a broader category of problems) as a matter of accident and someone liked this very much? Or perhaps someone around with a big heart has been perceiving my little frustration during the past few days and wants to motivate me? (Thanks to him/her if this is the case :-) )
I've been an active member for just 5 days or so and am trying to find my way. My answers are relatively long and well explained. But it has been very frustrating to find out after 10, 20, or even 30 minutes of hard work that another person has produced a similar answer. This is not about votes, but about inefficient use of our collective time (aka I could have used my time better in something else). After researching about the topic and even making some failed meta-propositions, I came across the FGITW problem, and the general philosophy of promoting quick answers. My conclusion was what I tried to implement today:
- Quick pointer allowing dilligent OPs to answer the question by themselves (or at least have a line for further individual research).
- Notify potential respondents that certain line of thought is already being ellaborated. They would obviously proceed immediately if they had a different line of answer, or come back to the question a few hours later to review and complement answers (or just out of curiosity).
I did fail in adding a note indicating that the answer was partial and requesting patience.
My opinion is that it's the application what should be making our lifes easier, but my propositions were rejected on the "quick response" basis. I'm trying to adapt to this, humbly.