The title is a reference to Why are Stack Overflow people nice?.
We had the good fortune, to start this experiment with a really positive culture and have managed to hang onto it through vast growth and several fairly bitter internal arguments. But that does not guarantee we'll keep it forever.
Lately I've had a unscientific feeling that Stack Overflow has been a bit rougher on newbie mistakes. The actual composition of this question was triggered by the comment thread on Is Linux worth with Java? (now with pending delete votes, so it is in danger of being 10k only).
The original poster currently has 3 reputation points and has been a member for all of two days.
The question bear the obvious (to me, at least) hallmarks of being written by a non-native English speaker with a shaky grasp of the tongue, and it is a rather simplistic question that could be answered fairly easily by Google.
Sir, I am mc student, I have knowledge in c,c++,J2EE. I want to ask you should I command in Linux with J2EE. Is it worth?
Instead of trying to improve the question, to discern exactly what the OP meant, or explaining how the question should be improved we get this comment thread instead (without wanting to call out these posters in particular, this was just the thread that got be off my duff):
2 Can you elaborate? – Dave McClelland 21 hours ago
1 Absolutely yes! If it can run on your Blu-Ray player, imagine the possibilities it can do on Linux. – The Elite Gentleman 21 hours ago
1 Basically, it's as worth as running Java on any other platform. – Alexander Gessler 21 hours ago
1 @The Elite Gentleman, You can try run it on your sim-card too) – Stas Kurilin 21 hours ago
1 @STas Kurilin, really? What heapspace size must I give? sarcastic laugh – The Elite Gentleman 21 hours ago
1 @The Elite Gentleman I don't know. But there are some) See for details oracle.com/technetwork/java/javacard/overview/… – Stas Kurilin 21 hours ago
@The Elite Gentleman, you're absolutely right given a full fledged desktop machine with Linux, Java would run so fast his program could go back in time and rescue whales from extinction. – Quaternion 21 hours ago
@Stas Kurlin, if you have a program that runs on a sim-card isn't it hard to get output? I've always found processorless environments problematic. – Quaternion 21 hours ago
@Quaternion - It was a joke) I've newer wrote such programs. But, I think there should be some processor. – Stas Kurilin 20 hours ago
@Stas Kurlin, I was joking too, but I have to apologize after reading that page you liked to. You can run Java off a smart card... that's crazy and cool. +1 on account of good learning for the day. – Quaternion 20 hours ago
@Quaternion Thanks. I heard about this stuff several weeks ago. Java at a sim card is a really cool argument) – Stas Kurilin 20 hours ago
@Quaternion, lol, without having to worry about Segmentation Faults along the way. – The Elite Gentleman 19 hours ago
I've been leaving comments on threads like this from time to time, asking them to be a little more forgiving, but that is a drop in the bucket.
Nothing flag-worthy here, but not a "nice" as things once were. There is very little effort to understand what the question may really be, nor why to explain why the question has been closed, what other resources exist, or how that decision could be reversed. With a brand new user who probably has a hard time with English. Ouch.
Do we need an official re-iteration of "Be nice."?
Is there something else we can do to encourage our big city to keep the small-town feel we grew up with?