So you are camping (please excuse the MMO jargon, sometimes I just can't help myself) your own particular corner of Stack Overflow, hoping for a couple of upvotes before bed. It's freezing cold and you can't quite drag yourself across the room to grab the little blow heater, because that would mean leaving the almost adequate warmth of your laptop.
A completely objective question pops up, to which you absolutely know the answer. Riding the surge of adrenaline, you spend the next twenty minutes typing like a madman. Desperate to beat the other lunatics that loiter in your tag of choice. You beat them to the punch and enter a superlative answer, code samples, examples and maybe some ironic humour. You are flushed with your own awesomeness.
You go to bed. Satisfied you have garnered a couple of points of virtual self validation. You look forward to the flush of pleasure in the morning when you see your account bumped ever closer (yet never close enough) to that shining example of Skeetness.
Yet, the next morning, no such flush occurs. Your answer sits in prime position for some questioner love and none eventuates. You might get a couple of upvotes from some sympathetic SO compatriot, but the ultimate (I'll try to avoid any unsavory metaphors here) satisfaction of accepted answer is denied you.
So my question. How you react to this kind of situation?
- Catch yourself monitoring the questioner's account waiting for them to log on and then breaking nearby inanimate objects when your answer continues to be ignored.
- Panic that the questioner might delete their account, leaving your beloved question to evaporate in a puff of uninterest.
- Wondering if it was something you said and answering some other of the questioner's queries in the hope of redeeming yourself in their fickle eyes.
I have seen a few examples of this type of frustration on Twitter and wondered how the hardcore Stack Overflow community dealt with this type of rejection.