Somewhere about that, yeah. But as someone who learned to program from books (like, the real ones made of dead trees), seeing people unwilling to do even basic research themselves when they have access to some of the best search tools in all of human history is absolutely infuriating.
I had to make do with Altavista and card catalogues. Google giving inconsistent results (that are usually really good irrespective) is about a bazillion times better.
Even whilst Google might not give consistent results, the book’s search should. That was kind of my point: if they’d just looked at the documentation, they’d have answered their own question in about the same time it took them to write the follow-up question, let alone wait for a response. Not looking in the book is literally wasting their own time.
And I really don’t think it’s at all unreasonable to expect people to go to the official website of a language, click the first link on the page (which is “Documentation”) and then click the first non-header link on that page, which is to the book. It’s the very first thing they should find.
Just to be clear: my contention is with the attitude of treating a forum (and the people volunteering to help) as a substitute for said basic research. I think that’s profoundly disrespectful both to the people on the forum, and the people who spend so much time and energy making the docs as good as they are. Plus, like I said, it’s a waste of their own time.