Technical Queries//Request for input

Posted on 7/28/2006 @ 8:46 AM in #Vanilla .NET by | Feedback | 2186 views

I want to hopefully find a win-win situation out of this discussion.

Everyday, I get between 10-20 emails from complete strangers, or people I have never met before. Please be convinced, I love hearing from everyone.

These emails are mostly about specific technical questions. Like anything, there is a broad range of questions - many of them giving a clear cut question, many of them which leave me wandering for more information, and some of them requesting breast feeding even.

Now, I reply to a few, but I cannot possibly reply to all of them. It is simply impossible. Also I cannot justify spending 4-5 hours, everyday, without really getting paid for that effort.

I hope to find a win-win situation to this situation, so here is what I propose and I hope to get some feedback helping improve the situation.

a) If your technical question is about a topic that lacks guidance, or has poor documentation, and I feel I can contribute, I will blog about it, but not tonight.

b) If your technical question is specific, but many others have the same question - I hope to blog about it sometime, but not tonight.

c) If your question is about some clarification on my book, If I can answer without much homework, I will. If I feel that you just haven't bothered reading through it yet, you probably won't hear back from me.

d) If your technical question is very very specific to your situation, please don't expect a reply without expecting to pay for it.

e) Regardless of the nature of your question - I will definitely read your emails.

f) Finally, if you are a recruiter and you want me to help you find a good candidate - I feel a bit uncomfortable working for you without a written & signed contract in place.

And as always, I love hearing from you, so please feel free to contact me at:

Sound off but keep it civil:

Older comments..

On 8/2/2006 5:08:54 PM Szalek said ..
What about creating a survey :) on site containing a list of subjects people would like to read about? This could help to define a schedule for subjects of posts.

On 8/2/2006 6:41:00 PM Sahil Malik said ..

That is a great idea. I'll look into it once I am over my current "todo"s as far as blogging goes :). Frequently folks do contact me with technical queries, and many of those do translate into actual blogposts :)


On 8/7/2006 12:25:00 PM Nitin said ..
very good articles

On 8/7/2006 2:54:08 PM Sahil Malik said ..
Thanks Nitin.

On 9/8/2006 11:27:40 AM Geoff Van Brunt said ..
I know this is a bit late but...

How about a bulliten board on your site to refer them to. Others can answer besides yourself, and you don't have to answer the same question many times. In addtion, others could learn from the posts...

Just a thought.

On 9/9/2006 11:01:31 AM Sahil Malik said ..
Geoffy -

Good idea, but why can't these comments work as a bulletin board? IMO - if someone asks a Q about a post as a comment - why not let someone else in future reply to that comment on the very same post?