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what is a plinth?


caarntedd4 years ago
Generally it is a concrete block or similar, that a statue or column or something like that stands on. Maybe a podium.
In carpentry it's the small wooden block at the base of an architrave where it meets the floor and skirting board. (I think. I'm not much chop at carpentry and the memory is a bit faded these days).
You're not nearly as cynical as the rest of us, are you?
Sometimes I am.

It's fun to make a joke among people you know at somebody else's expense, and some people do deserve it at times, but it's just as easy to write an answer as it is to write JFGI or whatever. Then have others chime in with the smart comments and links. Having said that, this site is still the "nicest" I have come across.
I make plenty of smart mouth comments here myself, but it's difficult to get the mood across in writing, and easy to be taken the wrong way.
I wonder how a newbie feels when they discover this fantastic site, ask a question, then get told to look somewhere else? It happened to me when I asked one of the regulars about a book he mentioned in one of his comments only to be sent a link to google. I felt bad, so I don't do it to others.

Honestly, just about every question asked in these pages could be answered elsewhere, but people may want some personal insight and opinions from the "experts" in these pages instead of a wikipedia definition. There are some very knowledgeable and experienced people here.

Anyway to cut a long story long, I don't mean anything personal, each to his own. I just don't want others to go elsewhere if the answers are here.  Sorry about the soapbox rant, I'm drunk again.
Here, as with everywhere else on the web, there is an expectation that people will do a bit of "due diligence" and at least attempt to find the answer themselves. Especially when this site is focused on how-to issues and the question is not in that category.

Teaching them how to answer their own trivial/offtopic questions (eg via LMGTFY) is blunt but arguably more helpful in the long run than simply handing them the answer.

What I _really_ want to do is refer them to http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html, which is bluntly phrased but excellent advice on how to ask a question without appearing to be lazy or foolish. I could have posted a pointer to that rather than LMGTFY, I suppose -- but that might be even higher risk of scaring folks off.

I don't mind beginner/ignorant questions; we all start there. I do mind questions which suggest that the querant values our time less than their own.
maybe we already know the answer and are just ammusing ourselves?or just getting a more interesting an personally slanted angle from a multitude of very interesting people and sometimes very humourous and witty people.
Not an appropriate use of Instructables Answers. If you want random chat for its own sake, the fora would be a better place to engage in that.
You may be right, but i never was too much into the thought police(sorry that comment may be considered a little rude and abusive but i thought it so i wont edit it )you are more that welcome to erase it .As far as im concerned instructibles is a medium for the channeling of thoughts,ideas and knowledge.
I ve never checked out the forum thingy but i shall.
Tools for tasks. Screwdrivers make lousy hammers; hammers are even worse at driving screws.
.  When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. :)
When the only fastener you have is a nail, everything looks like a hammer.

When the only fastener you have is a screw... that's more difficult.
Just a tool id like to share with you which you may find interesting.
The world customs organisation has the harmonized commodity ,description and coding system (hcdcs) and a set of 4 or 5 volumes of explanatory notes on this sytem These explanetory notes are a really good source of technical information.Hope you enjoy them.
good reply ......yip screws are more specialized but to a certain degree less usefull..
yip but despite bieng rather crude a nail is non the less a well designed and very versatile device.
yes but i suppose it depends on what tools you have at your disposal at the given time.
Thanks, good reply. I've never looked at it that way before.
.  +1. Give a man a fish...


.  From your link:
"Often, the person telling you to do a search has the manual or the web page with the information you need open, and is looking at it as he or she types. These replies mean that he thinks (a) the information you need is easy to find, and (b) you will learn more if you seek out the information than if you have it spoon-fed to you.

You shouldn't be offended by this; by hacker standards, your respondent is showing you a rough kind of respect simply by not ignoring you. You should instead be thankful for this grandmotherly kindness."
.  Oops! That quote is Copyright © 2001,2006 Eric S. Raymond, Rick Moen
Soapboxes are great! Aske me about mine sometime...

I have seen, and answered in great detail, plenty of newbie questions on this site. Without exception, those have been specific (see Nacho's examples), or have been "What does mean? I've done Google search and read the Wikipedia article, but I don't get it."

Some demonstration that the question put some effort into getting an answer (even if that didn't work), is all most of us ask. It's the trivially lazy, usually young "entitled" kids, that irritate us. If they go away, there isn't very much loss.
Thanks for the reply, I can see your P.O.V.
And I see yours, too! No arguments, eh?
. I'm almost certain that if the question had been something like "How do I repair a plinth with ListOfSymptoms?" or "What purpose does a plinth serve for SomeSituation? or even "I've been searching for info on plinths but getting nowhere. Any suggestions for search terms?" that I, and all the other JFGI ppl, would have given more "sympathetic" answers. After a while, one learns to spot the ppl that are just too lazy to do a little research for themselves.
. Drunk or not, you made some very good points and I do like your position. I will try to be not quite so jaded in the future.
I understand, thanks for replying. Looks like I've accidentally created a forum topic.
Not drunk tonight yet, but I'm working on it.
Here's another example: http://www.instructables.com/answers/why-did-the-great-depression-take-place-in1929/
seandogue4 years ago
Ith the thound that a nickle with a lithp maketh when it hith a pieth of metal.

or what caarntedd said.
: D
Thanks. I'll be at the local Holiday Inn all week. ;-)

and...figured you'd already given a pretty good explanation... 
orksecurity4 years ago
It'th like a crepe, but with thomewhat different fillingth.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+a+plynth
kelseymh4 years ago
It's what people too lazy to use Google get hit with.
. >snicker<