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Ten good reasons not to provide free tech support

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Executive Summary

As an IT support professional, people routinely ask me to "help" then solve computer problems unrelated to my actual job. I like to help when and where I can, but there are serious pitfalls to accepting such requests. Providing free technical support is often not worth the price you pay, either as a recipient or as provider. This list from help desk veteran Jeff Dray outlines ten good reasons to avoid providing free technical support.

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