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This particular question was asked by me with honest curiosity and earnest effort was put in forming it as well. Never mind how easy/difficult the solution turns out to be, it was a legitimate problem that I was facing.

Also there were no qualms about the effort put forth in forming the question and providing necessary relevant details. However, when the question was posted in the SO chat room, numerous people blasted if off, gleefully if I might add. Barring a small minority (the accepted answer was a well-explained solution), everyone ganged up against the question with their negative votes.

No matter where the OP is coming from, earnest effort put forth and genuine problems he/she faces should be recognized independent of his/her coding competence.

I hope to find some justice here (at meta) regarding this matter.

Here is the link to question: Detecting end of input using std::getline.

Here is the link to chat transcript: http://chat.stackoverflow.com/transcript/10?m=12674757#12674757

I was very polite in introducing the question to the chatroom. I started off by posting the link and saying "I think it is an interesting question". I never spammed or commented out of my chance. Nor did I once point my finger at anyone or make personal insults.

I thank everyone here very much for having shown solidarity. I understand the nature of SO chatrooms and the innate hostility involved, and that is exactly the issue I wanted to throw light on in the first place; on how that hostility doesn't remain inside the chatrooms, but spills out to the main site as well.

I admit I could have been more clear in my introduction of the question in the chatroom. I could have said that this is a problem that I am facing. But that was in no way to pretend to be not the asker. Anyone who would see the asker profile would know in any case that the OP was me.

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Can you post a link to the transcript where it was talked about in the chat room? That will provide context. –  George Stocker Nov 13 '13 at 15:33
    
I will look for it presently. please bear with me for some time –  zalenix Nov 13 '13 at 15:34
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Using the third person "... by the OP" about yourself feels a little odd to me. Like you are trying to pretend it is not your question. –  dmckee Nov 13 '13 at 15:34
    
I am not pretending not to be the OP. I thought that is the best way to put forth the question. I will make the edit if you suggest to make the clarification –  zalenix Nov 13 '13 at 15:36
    
@GeorgeStocker I have added the transcript –  zalenix Nov 13 '13 at 15:47
    
I don't think the third person thing impacts on the core question here. The final version of your question has, in my opinion, sufficient information and demonstration that you have been thinking about the problem yourself. But people are allowed to not like it and they are allowed to say so and they are allowed to vote it as they see it. If things don't go beyond that then you don't have a complaint; if they do go beyond that ... well, I'm not sure and we'll have to see that transcript first. –  dmckee Nov 13 '13 at 15:48
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Looks like you got your feeling hurt and your question answered. If that is the worst thing that happens to you all month you're have a good month. Best to just move on. –  dmckee Nov 13 '13 at 16:00
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As a side viewer, it looks like you just advertised your own question, kind of "chat spam". In their jargon it's probably called "question dumper", something I never heard before, and the veteran chat users highly dislike it. You might have had better luck if your first sentence was something like "I posted this question but it did not get enough attention can you please have a look". –  Shadow Wizard Nov 13 '13 at 16:04
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Also, why it took you two weeks to post this? –  Shadow Wizard Nov 13 '13 at 16:07
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Again the phrasing you use there "I think it is an interesting question". doesn't make clear up front that it is your question. –  Martin Smith Nov 13 '13 at 16:09
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@ShaWizDowArd I was wondering what I should do about this issue I felt about. Today I finally decided to put it in meta.stackoverflow –  zalenix Nov 13 '13 at 16:14
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+1 for your question... I know how this feels –  tjons Nov 13 '13 at 16:22
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And keep in mind that whenever you put a question in front of an audience, they are going to respond. And that response might not always be as positive as you imagined it would be. The same goes for users presenting their questions here on Meta. –  Bart Nov 13 '13 at 16:30
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(sees the C++ tag) Well, there's your problem. –  Won't Nov 13 '13 at 17:31
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I'm glad I saw this, not because of any issues with chat, but because the accepted (and upvoted) answer appears to have been incorrect. –  Keith Thompson Nov 13 '13 at 19:00

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Chat tends to be a place for mindless social fun, note the preceding conversations. That said posting your question there is a bit like throwing it to the wolves.

Basically you went to a place where people go "to make fun", gave them something, and they ran with it.

Next time if you want added constructive attention for a question, consider using a bounty.

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Thanks you for your advice! –  zalenix Nov 13 '13 at 16:21
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C++ chat, anyway. Other chat rooms may actually care about programming :P –  Wooble Nov 13 '13 at 16:30
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People should stay for a bit longer than the average fluff discussion in this chatroom to see there's also programming discussion. :P –  JBL Nov 13 '13 at 16:54

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