Communication FAIL

Posted on April 9, 2011

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I hang out a lot at cycling forums… bikejournal.com, teamestrogen.com… and I know that it takes patience to deal with newbies sometimes, because they don’t even know the language.   I also know forums I avoid because the community is pretty snooty.   I remember a yahoo group purporting to be about bicycle advocacy that was really six guys who simply had the same argumetns with each other ad infinitum.

Seems the folks at http://www.actionscript.org went to the same school of clannery.   My first post was ignored; I’m pretty sure I tried rephrasing the question and it was ignored, too.  So, I made so bold as to say “can actionscript *do* this?”   and described what I’m trying to do.

I got replies!

A “main moderator” said “yes! Of course! That’s what Actionscript is all about!”

Now, I’ad already stated that I had thought it was, but was unable to answer my question about timeline action vs. in the .as file… and f course, that moderator couldn’t be bothered to answer any of that.   I replied to that effect.

I have been put in my place.   One reply was that cute camtasia-esque “let me show you how to google that!”  and another was that gosh, it’s a fact we have to do some work and I should click “help” and find the books — yes, I had mentioned that I have been searching the internet and been using books, but I’ll bet these guys were taught ‘constructively” — you make up your own meaning.   I hoped I’d just ferreted out the jerks (one of ’em had a whole 13 posts — wonder how many of them were snubs) and that somebody who actually knew some actionscript would come along, but the “best” I got was somebody saying gosh, first I had to learn to do buttons; I was trying to run before I could walk, and then I should learn how to make them work with graphics.

Welp, I explained that yes, I’ve done buttons … and had been asking for help wiht how they worked with graphics since post 1 but that clearly it was more important for them to get that good feeling of putting me in my place…

… so… I’m going to focus on my negative integer presentation for the next few days, and perhaps switch to Visual Basic because I may have help with that. Then I might have enough general knowledge to try again — or it could be that there’s something better out there (HTML5?)