IJMC Tech Support Nietzsche Style

                  IJMC - Tech Support Nietzsche Style

Just remember, you are not worthy of this email. Now bow at my feet and 
grovel for more! <grin>                                           -dave

                  Tech Support Nietzsche Style

When a user is calling in need of help, don't forget that he is a
weakling.  Only a loser would need to come groveling to you,
begging for crumbs of help that may fall from your godlike lips.
And he KNOWS that he is a loser in the race of the weak and the
strong, that his kind is doomed to extinction.  Therefore, show
him no mercy.  Treat him with the utter contempt that he
deserves. It is the law of nature that you should do so.

Key Phrases:
 "You aren't very smart, are you?"
"I can't believe you call yourself a programmer!"
"Our product is obviously too complex and advanced for you.
Please desist from using it - you are soiling it."

Nevertheless, there may come a time when you actually must help
the user, even though he is sucking away your magnificent
intellectual vitality with his grotesque shambling confusion.  He
is a lower form of life and you must make him feel it, lest he
take on ambitions of evolving to your level.

Key Phrases:
 "Now I will read aloud the section of the manual that you
failed to comprehend."
 "You have ignominiously blundered on line 35, committing an
error that a Mongoloid programming an abacus would be ashamed of."
 "What you've done in your function fool is the coding equivalent
of failing to empty your colostomy bag."

 Alas, upon occasion there comes a time when it is obvious that
the compiler is at fault.  This is no reason to let the user feel
superior to anyone, however.  The design of a compiler is still
far beyond his limited mental capacities.  His duty is to
worship, not criticize.

Key Phrases:
 "The inner workings of the compiler are far beyond your antlike
 "That behavior is described in ANSI specification You are familiar with that section, I assume..."
 "Our software can behave in that manner only if it has been
corrupted by long exposure to users of your caliber."

And finally, a user may eventually want you to code something
for him, or send him an example.  The user has asked something
that is against the laws of nature.  Such creatures as himself
exist to serve you and not you him.  Therefore such a request is
impossible and against nature, and does not exist, and therefore
never happened.  Response is not possible.

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