I came here from StackOverflow expecting the same great community.
I have made a sincere effort to participate and witnessed nothing but arrogance.
I'm not just talking about reactions to my own questions, but this one stands as a good example. People don't have to agree with the suggestion, but without having been rude or destructive, I'm blocked from posting. This is what's referred-to in Israel as a "proportionate response."
Enjoy yourselves, I'll make myself useful elsewhere. I no longer care about meta.
I started wondering: is it worth striving for some kind of consistent response from the community? To have a policy for sheparding these lost souls? I'm starting to think that having some distinctive way to flag this particular problem might be useful.
- random anonymous downvoting doesn't really give feedback,
- edits make offenders spoilt and lazy,
- downvotes persist even after a question has been improved,
- comments can just as easily be irritable, snooty and hostile as they can be helpful.
So, how about having a little 16x16 icon of a mud splat or something similar next to someone's user name if more than, say, 30% of that user's most recent questions have been edited by somebody (
or are crappy in some other measurable way or can otherwise be measured to be ugly/childish).
Perhaps when editing someone's question there could be a "[x]This user isn't making an effort to express himself" checkbox to distinguish these edits from other, more benign changes.
It could also appear next to questions that have been edited since the user viewed it -- a signal that it might be worth re-reading and answering.
I expect that this would also cut down on artificially high downvoting on a badly-written question which is otherwise perfectly valid, and reduce the number of unfriendly responses (which bring down the tone of the whole site).
It's automatic and impersonal, removes itself as the offender improves, and has curiosity value: the user will be tempted to click on it and there would be an explanation, perhaps with a couple of their offending questions shown side-by-side in before-and-after fashion.
Another option, threaten the user with closing the question.
Moderators will close this question if you do not make an effort to express it clearly.
Or something like that.