While I was trying to answer the question, "What are generics in asp.net", I got an orange bar at the top telling me the question was deleted and no more answers were accepted.
This is annoying.
It feels the same as when your word processor crashes in the middle of writing. In fact, the question was neither offensive nor off topic. I guess the person simply wanted to get the information from a "live" person instead of asking google about it.
At work, it happens to me many times that someone would ask me a question and I simply type his question into Google and have him look at the results together with me. I see nothing wrong in that.
My answer was as follows:
Generics are not particularly in asp.net but in C# since version 2.0.
Generics allow you to define type-safe data structures, without committing to actual data types. This results in a significant performance boost and higher quality code, because you get to reuse data processing algorithms without duplicating type-specific code.
a great introduction can be found at