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Bail’s Inbox, 2

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Today’s selection:

Feb 2005

Hey! How to be coder? How know commands?
How i learn coding? Can you help me?
<snip>@hotmail.com

How to be coder? Ingredients:

  • One (1) keyboard
  • The Internet
  • Lots and lots of {, }, (, and )
  • Place ingredients in a compiler. Let bake for 30 minutes. When done, link.

Or, the command to be a coder is: amx_codeitup

I hope this helps you learning to be a coder, as it’s usually easier to ask for personal tutoring than, say, reading the small book we wrote on scripting. Which, of course, is stickied.

(Not surprisingly, this type of question is frequent.)

Bail’s Inbox

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Since SourceMod is on temporary hold and I’ve been using this area as a personal blog, I’m going to just continue with the flow of posting random things here. In that vein, here is a new feature, called “Bail’s Inbox”. I get a lot of crazy/nonsensical messages and people have found them funny. I’ll keep all senders anonymous. To start it off I’ll pick three from the AMX Mod X forums:

Dec, 2005

Subject: Help ME!
Hey Help Me Installing Ur Deathmatch plugin in my server THX! :(

For whatever reason, this user felt the need to capitalize every first letter, until their shift key strength ran out about half way through. This type of PM will never get a reply. The user doesn’t describe any sort of problem, and doesn’t bother to say at what point in the documentation (which they definitely didn’t read) they had problems. Hint to this person: Documentation isn’t there so people can coach you through it with one on one help sessions. It’s there for reading the instructions.

Jan, 2006

Hey, do you have an extra steam account with 1.6? My bro put a password onhis and its really annoying. Im so bored. I need to play CS 1.6 :,(

A lot of people get the idea since I do a lot of coding and I have low SteamIDs, that for some reason I’m either connected to Valve or I have some stash of Valve accounts. I’m not, and I don’t. Furthermore, why would you message a random person and ask them to give you access to a paid game for free, under a violation of the TOS? Lastly, I’m pretty sure Steam accounts have a password by default — meaning this guy probably just got VAC banned.

Jan, 2006

hey dude !! nice work with the plugin :D but... i can't make it work...can you help me..?? please...can u write all the steps to instal the CSDM 2.00 ? i cant do it...please.... my msn is <snip>@msn.com 
ty dude 4 the attention... have a nice day :D

Another “I didn’t bother to read documentation, and I expect you to write it out for me again”. However what annoys me about this one in particular is the ever increasing trend to say “Here’s my MSN/AIM/etc”. I don’t use MSN/Yahoo/whatnot, don’t assume that I do, and don’t assume that if I did, I’d want to talk to you over it.

Lastly, as a bonus:

Feb, 2006

U need beta tester? i can do it for you i got 2 server for spare even tho i dont like and do not support amxx but ill give it a try

“I don’t like your product and I don’t support it, but can I beta test it?” Odd, for sure, but there’s no point in denying a potential customer. Unfortunately after a few weeks the user still hadn’t bothered to even open the reply PM so I removed it.

More to come…