On June 29, 2012 Jeff Atwood wrote a blog about PHP which a lot of people saw as another language bashing blog. Whether it is or not is not really my concern with this question but, more so, the aftermath. Many replies¹ (mostly counter-rants) were written and a great bit of this talk gets filtered back into various chatrooms causing
unnecessary offensive and ineffectual arguments².
This isn't the first time that language flame wars have taken place on SO and I am sure it will not be the last unless there are repercussions. While some of it is constructive, I am willing to throw out a random number and say that 9 times out of 10 the my language is better than yours or this is why [language] sucks arguments turn ugly.
I personally believe this behavior has no place on SO (chat or site). Is there a probable solution to prevent these conversations from taking place on SO?
[ ² ]- most recent argument in chat
Disclosure/TL;DR: This question is NOT about the current language rants going on, but how to prevent arguments stirred up by language rants on SO (mainly chat)