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#1 2015-12-14 03:03:59

Real Member
From: Riemann Sphere
Registered: 2011-01-29
Posts: 24,838

Soft Question on Problem Solving

I have this relative/friend who often does this.

Person: *pings me 3-4 times*

Me: Hello

Person: I have a problem. *Insert Problem here*

Me: Okay, I will try the problem.

Person: Be fast. I have *insert event* tomorrow. *Gives another problem which I am not really willing to do*

How do I tell him/her he is being annoying without being rude?

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#2 2015-12-14 06:47:47

bob bundy
Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 8,137

Re: Soft Question on Problem Solving

hi Agnishom,

hhmm, annoying I can see. 

plan 1:  Just be useless about doing the problems, so they stop coming.

plan 2:  Apologise that you won't have time to do the problem (busy with your own studies) and refer them to the forum.  Let someone else take the strain.


ps.  I see 4 copies of this post.  Would you like 4 answers? smile

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz
You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei


#3 2015-12-14 08:49:37

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 109,606

Re: Soft Question on Problem Solving

Invent a device to obliterate him or work on the problem anyway.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.


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