[FFmpeg-user] should I shoot the dog?

Carl Zwanzig cpz at tuunq.com
Wed Sep 30 01:03:15 EEST 2020

ig·no·rant /ˈiɡnərənt/
lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about a particular thing.

On 9/29/2020 1:40 PM, Paul B Mahol wrote:
> It is cryptic only for ignorant folks.

Gee, maybe that's why they're asking questions- to gain a "knowledge, 
information, or awareness about a particular thing". Some parts of ffmpeg 
are rather complex and it's irrational to expect everyone else to understand 
them. (And RTFS is not usually a good answer.)

> But ignornat folks should not be here at all, because they are, guess what,
> ignorant.

Sounds like you're equating "user" with "ignorant" which is a fine way to 
insult quite a lot of people. Since this is the ffmpeg -users- list, not the 
-developers- list, it's not surprising that some people don't or can't read 
the code (which isn't a requirement to using it, last I checked) or don't 
grok the subtleties. Is that really such a problem? When someone does try to 
understand things, insulting them off does not increase anyone's 
understanding. Remember that not everyone has your knowledge of the code, 
and it's ridiculous to expect it.


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