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- Could we please be a bit nicer to new users? 49 answers
I have noticed a trend that bothers me.
It is not uncommon that questions, especially of new or non-regular users, are of poor quality. This leads to the inevitable "what have you tried?". There have been discussions on that on meta I am sure.
However, I also see a trend of negative, or passive-aggressive comments on the questions as opposed to using constructive feedback to help the OP formulate a better question. Then the problem snowballs as others see an opening to assert their "seniority" or "experience" by adding their own criticism.
I think this can make SO a generally unwelcoming place for newbies. Is there room to improve here?
Maybe another way of saying this is I feel like often more time is spent commenting about lack of effort or not reading docs than actually helping the OP. One comment that says "Please be more specific" or "What have you tried?" is plenty. 5 or 6 is overkill.
You can see the OP's frustration in this question: