I do not disagree with you at all. I got the same impression about the OP as you did. And you are right, ther are many, many authors who only use Word Doc to upload their manuscripts and have no knowledge of other programs. I think your reply was VERY helpful, but it doesn't negate the other poster's attempt at being helpful. Interpreting intent is often difficult through online interaction. People tend to project things that are not always there. That's all I'm trying to say.
Ever the defender of the outraged, the entitled, and the attitude-ridden newcomer. Indeed, you fit right in with them - and are a fine example of why most of the professionals and evolving professionals have left the forums or rarely post anymore, and why the few who do remain grow ever more strained in their comments..
Out of the 50 years I've made a living writing books, and the 70 and a bit more I've been wandering about the planet, I have to say that your prognosis as a writer, and, sadly, likely as a human being too, isn't very good.
That, of course, is just one person's opinion. Though it does come out of a pretty strong context.
And I think, seeing that I am growing progressively more crusty myself, and accomplishing little good for the largely unteachable (and certainly none for myself), that I'll bug out for a while, and I hope a good long one, myself.
"Isn't the file on your computer? Assuming you wrote the book? I haven't seen those contest rules, but I'm 99.9% sure you could only enter a book you wrote. So, just upload it in one of the file formats they request. If you have to upload an .epub or .mobi, you can use Calibre (a free download) to create one."
Folks have their panties in a bunch that this is rude? Ya GOTTA be kidding me. Good luck with future reviews of you work, folks...it's gonna be painful indeed if statements like 1001's get you ruffled.
This is what happens in society when it's 'bad' to openly reward those who excel...everyone thinks they're the 'best'.
I think I remember a post where Alasdair stated he was only 14 yrs old. Maybe he was being facetious, or maybe not. If not, it explains EVERYTHING. (Although my 14 yr old son never would dream of acting like that!) Alasdair is a perfect example of everything that is wrong in self publishing today, and what gives us indies a bad reputation. (The few bad apples spoiling the bunch.)
"The topic in question from the OP is titled 'I am interested in submitting my novel to a contest' and the initial response asks the question, 'Assuming you wrote the book?'
This remark entirely sums up why Kimberly was taken aback by the response. (Not to mention the arguably sideways "i'm 99% sure you can only enter a book you wrote'). it was Kimberly who characterized the response as "judgemental"--which has led to the exchange here as to whether it was judgmental or not. By definition, it was not; If she had said "beside the question" or "seemingly sarcastic" or "apparently obtuse" or "questioning the altogether obvious"...well, then...this conversation never would have taken place.