Jeff Prosise laments about the thick vegetation of "fan mail" they must chop through
each day. Which is a pretty obvious and expected phenomenon, actually. Except
to those who are actually asking the questions - since they are the ones who possess the mentality that authors and technical industry personas somehow owe
them with personal obligation to conduct private tuition and coaching on a one-to-one basis.
It just amazes me how many people can even think it acceptable behaviour to disturb them with matters beyond the scope of their own published works. These people are busy
. Yes, just like everyone else. If matters brought to them are not specific to their line of work (nope, asking them to school ignorants in programming is not their profession) or level of interest, then it is a tremendously time-wasting affair for them. Please spare a thought of consideration for them.
Would you ask Michael Jordan to teach you basketball, or Tiger Woods to coach you in golf? Or ask the President of United States how to lead and organise your new club? I fear there are some who unabashedly do.