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It's been a long time since I've been made to feel like a jerk. I'd like to answer a question in a straightforward way, but have my answer nit-picked by someone who wants to show off and seem like they know what they're talking about. Ideally, they would find some vocabulary or term that I used and find an alternate definition where my answer becomes false or misleading. But they could also find an outside case and ram it down my throat, or perhaps a third party library. It may be helpful to ignore any details of the original question. This will make it much easier to find a way to condescend.

Is StackOverflow a good place for this?

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closed as not constructive by juan, Rosinante, Pops, ChrisF, Gelatin Oct 13 '10 at 15:02

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I don't really understand what your question is about. Did this happen to you? If it did, it is usually best to shrug it off. There are always jerks of some sort – Pëkka Oct 13 '10 at 14:43
Give it a try and see what happens. Or have you already? – Jay Riggs Oct 13 '10 at 14:48
I called for, I'll respond "Oh! I didn't know that. Thanks". And then not edit my post. Hehe. – Uphill Luge Oct 13 '10 at 16:26
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Yes, Stack Overflow has more than enough people who will take the opportunity to point out any possible mis-step you make. You need to be able to roll with the punches. You can get angry, but really what else can you do except move forward? Don't take your ball and go home... Stick around, we all benefit from people willing to answer questions.

By the way, you started a sentence with a conjunction... :) Just kidding, there's nothing wrong with that anymore.

I up-voted your question because I loved the sarcasm.

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I really don't see the problem here. It happens to me from time to time. If I feel they have a point I will edit my answer accordingly; if I don't I will reply to them. Sometimes I (or someone else) learn(s) new stuff too, so I don't see the harm done here.

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