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Re: serial numbers and . . . .

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 21 August 2011, at 10:11 a.m., in response to Re: serial numbers, posted by Chip on Sunday, 21 August 2011, at 3:59 a.m.

Asking and answering questions in a public forum is a multi-faceted game, involving people of varying levels of knowledge, social skills, ethics, etc. Sometimes one can trip over the nuances. This forum is particularly crippled because of the inability to post pictures - URLs have to be given, or, private emails exchanged. NOT a ding at Al - who supports all of this, remember - just a fact.

We get some VERY low-level questions, which don't bother me. Everyone has to start somewhere. I was helped many years ago, and I just try and keep it going.

I'm sure that, 99% of the time, giving a URL does no harm. but there IS that 1%. In this case, wrong data was unintentionally given, and it took some detective work - which I frankly admit I didn't bother with, after a couple of failures, to track it down. So, there was probably no harm done. The guns turned out to be rather better than I'd expected for a twofer.

When historical info about a specific arm is wanted, nothing will suffice other than the FULL number. When a simple condition/value check is desired, the number, in MOST cases, is of no concern. Such was the case here - further muddied by a VERY ignorant seller.

We just need to stay civil. As an example, we have a member here, whose knowledge is absolutely unquestioned, but whose spelling and grammar I used to mock unmercifully. Finally, I stopped; looking back, I'm rather ashamed of myself, and we have (I hope) returned to normal.


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