Subject: Re: reference parameter
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/10/23
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* David Hanley
| But if it allows someone to produce working code, what right does someone
| else have to try to "correct" them?

  the same right they have to give false or misleading answers, answers
  that work only most of the time, or no answer at all.  you ask in a
  public forum, you get whatever people feel like providing at the time,
  and the rights involved are quite fundamental, so why do you consider
  _this_ a question of "right"?

  the "right" I think you favor is the "right" to remain wrong and ignorant
  and to be protected from having it demonstrated to you.  such is not a
  right; it is a wrong.

| There's also an implicit assumption that the "helper" knows more about
| the problem than the one trying to solve it.

  you're implying that when asking for and receiving Perl answers, this
  assumption does not hold...  :)