A common response to a question that I see on Ask Ubuntu and elsewhere on Stack Exchange (and pretty much any help forum) is for someone to say "you can write a script to do this".
I really dislike this response for the following reasons:
- It assumes that the OP knows what a script is and how to write one
- It gives no indication to the OP on how to write the script specifically for that task/software
- It doesn't mention what language to write the script in
- It assumes the OP didn't already consider writing a script
Furthermore, practically anything can be solved by writing a script. A whole operating system is built on scripts! If the OP could indeed write scripts wouldn't they already try that? So, this answer just strikes me as redundant.
In situations like this on Ask Ubuntu and on other sites is there a copy/paste response we can give to encourage the question answerer to give more information and to discourage them from giving that type of answer in the future?