BTW, in this case there's no, repeat no, ActiveRecord involved. At times
you may want to create some XML that's, horrors, not based on a model
inheriting from ActiveRecord. Or even, any model at all.
If you get this worked up about finding one method in the
documentation and not understanding the purpose of another, I would
recommend another occupation than programming. You're bound to run
into much bigger issues than these over the course of a career in this
profession. It sounds like it'd be best to get out before your soul
surrenders to such rage.
P.S.: For anyone in doubt, this is not acceptable behavior on the
mailing list. If you're looking for help, please filter your anger out