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Newbies - Dont forget to do your penance ;-)

Some folks get on these lists and get what they need answered and then leave and don't return. This, in my opinion is a very poor practice. Once I get to a point where I know what I am doing, I make it a point to stick around and answer what questions I can for a period of at least a year. I also may write one or more extremely detailed template how-to email for things that gave me a lot of trouble. Anyway, even if they are not tough questions, it relieves the experts to answer the tough questions. After being a student it is only polite to help out the teachers. I call this, "Doing A Newbie Penance" and I feel it exemplifies a "best practice" for any opensource user/administrator.
Some of the help that we get is quite valuable and this always seemed a reasonable way to help "pay" for opensource.

I've also found that occasionally there is some tidbit of functionality or a neat-o trick that I've missed somewhere along the way that crops up in conversation. Usually it comes from one of the experts but even students sometimes have something to teach. ;-)