I'm posting this mostly because of this question(it's been deleted now) 10k Only..
To summarize, The question had the qualities that we usually ask people for, and it's main fault was it's presentation.
I edited the question to improve it, but in the 2 minutes between when it was asked and when I had finished editing, the mob had already downvoted it 10 times, and had left rude comments. This left the OP so demoralized, that he deleted the question a few minutes later.
I know that it's tempting to pile on what looks like an ugly question, but people really should at least take the time to know what we're commenting on or closing before we actually do it.
This was one of the downvote/close-vote pile-on questions.
Now, this question definitely did have its problems.
- The name was not very descriptive.
- The post was overall poorly formatted.
- The whole reason the OP needed to ask it was because of a single typo.
- It was a question about homework.
but in many ways, the post was an above-average Stack Overflow post.
- The asker posted all of the relevant code.
- The asker posted both the expected output and the actual output.
- Once the sample output was formatted, It was very clear what the problem was.
- The ask was not an unreasonable one for potential answerers. The solution ended up being a change of exactly 1 character.
This person actually posted a lot of the stuff that we constantly ask new users to post.
What ended up happening was in the span of a few minutes a bunch of users downvoted, voted to close and made rude comments on it. The OP ended up getting so demoralized that he gave up on it and deleted the question.
I don't have any problem with the downvotes themselves. If you don't proof-read your post to make it pretty, than you should expect downvotes.
The close-votes are a bit harder to justify, but not impossible to justify. It looks like most people just voted to close because it smelled like a "do my homework for me" question, but as it is, I can't find a close reason that matches the problem with this post ("bad formatting"). The old Too Localized close reason would have fit, but that's not one of the given reasons anymore. The only justification are on I can come up with is that there are so many bad questions on this site, that if you don't close questions based on smell, then they'll just never get closed.
The comments, however, are unjustifiable.
The first 3 comments accused the poster of asking us to do his homework for him, and one of them even said that he didn't include expected output (which he did).
Seriously guys, this is where we inform users of how they can improve their posts. If you're going to write a comment, You should at the very least make sure that you're writing an accurate comment. If you can't be bothered to do that, then you might as well not comment at all.
I suppose that I'm saying that if you intend to comment on a post or to close a question, then you should at least do your due diligence and read the question over and pretend that you're going to take it seriously.
Commenting and closing a question without reading it over is what robo-reviewers do.