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When I first joined this site I rallied against some of the old-timers who would gruffly say "you're wrong" etc. I thought all answers should be allowed to stand and judged on their merits.

Now I'm getting a bit older, have been around on this site a bit longer, I'm finding myself being dismissive and gruff, and that's beginning to surprise me because I'm generally quite helpful; at least I thought I was.

This question may be closed for being off-topic. But if it isn't, I'm curious to hear what others think about changes in their own behaviour as they become more experienced.

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closed as off topic by Marc Gravell Oct 7 '10 at 9:16

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It is off-topic here, but: programmers SE maybe? – Marc Gravell Oct 7 '10 at 9:14
I'm not Grumpy and I'm definitely not old. And you are wrong if you say otherwise. – Toon Krijthe Oct 7 '10 at 9:16
@Marc Gravell, ok thanks; apologies for posting to the wrong forum. – PP. Oct 7 '10 at 9:17
@Marc I don't think this is off-topic: It is - as I read it - not really about becoming a grumpy old programmer, but a grumpy old SO user. Closing and downvoting bad questions with no or unfriendly comments, not being ready to write other people's code any more, telling people to start some basic debugging... Which is a phenomenon I notice about myself as well (but I find it totally okay. If you disagree, I'll hit you with my cane!). – Pëkka Oct 7 '10 at 11:17

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