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I've been reading up on the Summer of Love blog posts, with the latest being "hunting of the snark". Though, if one is to make a change in comments and phrasing to welcome new users, shouldn't the place where users come for help reflect that as well?

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Why does that have to be mutually exclusive? – Flexo Aug 3 '12 at 15:13
This has to be a place for debate, period. If a friendliness requirement destroys that, there's no point in Meta being a place to discuss site policy. However as Flexo notes, I don't see these being mutually exclusive. Civil does not mean "I have to agree with you" – Ben Brocka Aug 3 '12 at 15:28
Are you addressing something specific? Even the tired old off-topic questions of new users or of those circumventing a ban usually end up getting a couple of instructive comments. True, debate can perhaps get quite opinionated and somewhat heated, but not to an extent that goes too far IMO. – Bart Aug 3 '12 at 15:59
Meta is the place you go to die. And you'd want to feel the burn of a thousand suns entering your neck and ear holes instead of having a pillow smothered over your face while sleeping. Well, depends on how you want to go. – random Aug 3 '12 at 16:10
You can't feel the sheer love that Meta simply radiates? – John Aug 3 '12 at 16:16
@random That depends on whether you write your suicide note in C or not! – bfavaretto Aug 3 '12 at 16:37
Welcome to THE WINTER OF HATE now exclusively on Meta Stack Overflow – Pëkka Nov 24 '12 at 17:35

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