Talent and intellect is never displayed in disparagement (aka the worst flashlight I have ever owned)
>> Sunday, 31 January 2016
A simple statement appeared on twitter
"This feature request scares me, but I reserve the right to be wrong."
Do they? Maybe they want to do something useful and productive too.
"My experience has shown me that people do this"
And I suspect it never will be there, but that's ok because my answer to the person asking for it would be: there's more than one way to skin a cat and have a look at your other options for running actions on multiple databases if that's what you need to do.
But to the experienced, highly skilled, highly talented people out there: Who made you the idiot police?
Show me someone that's never screwed up and I'll show you someone that's never pushed themselves or worked dog tired under stress. On huge estates wrong services or servers sometimes get shut down. Admins are flogged in public or occasionally dismissed.
Should Jonathan Lewis have been considered unsafe to be let loose with sqlplus because he ran a 'bad' query. Should the idiot police say 'this is what people will do if we allow them to'
No of course not. And Jonathan himself says about it 'hey world look at this, my bad, probably best if you don't do the same' by sharing his experience. (His comments about the poor quotes and the part reproduction of the shared information is a side issue).
I think it is usually best not to say 'why on earth do you want to do that you fool?' but to say 'what do you want to achieve here?' (This has generally been the art of response to worrying questions on Ask Tom that was Tom and seems to continue now)
Sometimes we have to remember the very real pressure of a shouty manager saying they want some information from every database by 4pm today and that so often, when the most bizarre JFDIs come in, there is no option to say 'well that's dumb' but we just have to work out a way to do something with least damage all round.