A friend of mine pointed this question out to me as an example of why they dislike SO, and I have to say, folks, my friend has a good point.
The poster is a secondary-school student (about 16 years old.) They asked what is admittedly an off-topic question about programmer certifications, but they asked it in a way which shows a lot of self-awareness for a young kid. On some other web sites, the kid could get some guidance. I'd like to think that here, although the question is off topic and should be closed, people would be civil, and perhaps somebody would point him towards better resources for his question.
But here's what actually happens: their question gets closed, of course. They get no answers, and at least three downright cruel comments (although I flagged one, we'll see if it gets pulled.) Nobody points him to any other resources, or pats him on the back, or does anything other than smack him down for having the audacity to ask his first question.
This person is 16 years old and interested in pursuing a career in your field, and this is how he gets treated? He is now hurt and bewildered and unlikely to come back. In fact, he may fashion himself a supervillian costume and start building a lair, vowing revenge on us someday.
This is why we can't have nice things.