Touched a nerve? Sorry. Just wanted to make you think.
I picked the example on purpose. I feel it goes to a most basic level of Asterisk - just being able to Login using AMI. If you can not ‘Login’ successfully, you can not ask Asterisk to do anything for you. Asterisk can not be a tool to help you get your job done more efficiently.
To support my theory, just look at the ‘david55’ remark. In my remarks I said, '. . . have an “Asterisk Call Manager/1.1” telling me “Message: Authentication failed”. I look at that error response message . . . '. And, David says “. . . Asterisk may simply be reporting back what the remote system told it. If Asterisk is the source of the message . . .”. Doesn’t that tell you something fundamental? It tells me that even one of the top Asterisk folks in the world can not definitively interpret what Asterisk means. David would have me, you and the rest of the world believe that grepping the code is just a normal part of everyday Asterisk life I suppose?
As to the ‘leemason’ remark, Microsoft is a lost cause in my book. I live in the LAMP world. And, if I had a specific problem to fix, I could likely find a solution among all the other similar requests I’ve found on this Asterisk board and others. Generally there is no specific answer other than try this and try that and try the other. Finally I am sure most of these folks have found a solution one way or the other. They either stumbled across the answer themselves or they found someone else to get the job done for them. Sometimes, and in many cases, ‘david55’ or ‘Malcom Davenport’ had an effective solution.
But, their effective solutions are not the focus of my premise. And, Malcom wants me to spend my free time and participate in an “asterisk-dev mailing list” activity. Well, if Malcolm Davenport does not believe the fundamental issue we are discussing here is “a good idea”, I certainly have no chance convincing anyone on a mail list that my idea should have more weight than others.
And, to that point it appears I am correct. The top Asterisk person in the world does not believe, as I do believe, that it is fundamentally important to resolve issues quickly about logging into Asterisk. It is important to accelerate Asterisk growth.
No, you do not need a college degree. But, a college degree ain’t what it used to be either. When I started, you could not touch a teletype without at least being a college student.