my extremist opinion is self-learners have an obligation to make the knowledge they dredged up more accessible. my opinion is that there is no point to knowledge if you can't teach it to someone else

this though probably makes more sense in the banking model of learning, where someone discovers knowledge and needs to make it more widely available

perhaps what we should also be teaching is how to discover that knowledge, too. a teach a person to fish type beat

@SuricrasiaOnline I vaguely agree but I think that waves away the massive amount of time it takes to document stuff and figure out where to put it

@SuricrasiaOnline i don't think this is an extremist position (although i don't see it shared much at all at work): an engineer who is unable to teach & document cannot be a good engineer

my more extreme opinion is that an engineer's *primary* quality should be to communicate, teach and document, everything else is just a nice bonus

this probably applies outside of engineering too, but i don't know enough to form a strong opinion

@SuricrasiaOnline I wish I knew better strategies for making it findable but most modern online platforms are structurally hostile to knowledge-building.

@SuricrasiaOnline i try my best to explain stuff when someone asks me abt what i'm doing, but most of the time i can't get the concept across unless they already have a good enough knowledge of the thing the concept is based on. i _think_ my problem is explaining the concept with terms too technical instead of "explain it like i'm five"

i'm not sure how much of it plays into it but it might be worth noting i have the 'tism

(i hope this added value to the discussion and comes across as more then just a personal rant lol)

@SuricrasiaOnline I think I'm afraid of being too didactic when I literally learned about the thing I'm lecturing about like last week.

I've had my infodumping tendencies shamed out of me and it's been a struggle getting to the point where I can share knowledge without feeling like I'm bothering people.

@SuricrasiaOnline I love the idea.Well, not any obligation, but the idea of sharing knowledge and experience. Obligation is contraproductive, especially when there are external reasons: Someone might be exploited by their employer.

@SuricrasiaOnline - "Oh, no. I did my homework, you need to do yours" set my transition back almost nine years.

I've never denied anything I've learned to other trans-folks.

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