Is it just me, or is there a general non-constructive attitude, rather than constructive criticism on Stack Overflow?
I am having difficulty aligning my internal compass. I understand that certain questions need to be thrown out, and I understand that certain questions are fitting for certain Stack Exchange sites.
I understand that the sites ore community moderated, and that a general "average" of community members' persona's will be reflected.
My issue is with the fact that, in my opinion, some users are a bit trigger happy with the down vote button, or are just downright rude, without providing any feedback to the user in question.
This is in my opinion much more non-constructive to the site than a Q that is slightly off topic, or not worded correctly. When did the down vote become a feel good weapon? I see this regularly where questions not deserving of down votes (in my opinion), get down voted by a what seems like a factor, because a trigger happy user down voted the Q, rather than tried to fix it. And now a bunch of users exercise their down vote button, because someone else did, and they can also do it.
I know we cant possibly moderate each down vote before it is applied, and I understand an "average" will be the outcome, but it seems like the good guys, interested in actually contributing in a constructive manner, are outweighed by the, in my opinion, non constructive guys. Its almost like the perceived anonymity of down voting, is being exploited.
I attempted to flag one such post, and the moderator replied with (We can't say why people vote the way they do). I understand that the community moderation is the power of these sites. But is it being abused?
Situations are created where legitimate questions, that may have been genuinely helpful to other users, are being "played" with by people exercising their privileges instead of their contribution.
(Again, the above all in my personal opinion)
From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that this behavior is demoralizing, to say the least.
I am personally trying hard to contribute. Not for rep, but to give something back as SO has really been helpful to me on multiple occasions.
An example, but not specifically aimed at for the above, is provided in the link below this post.
The original question, although broad, could be answered or "nudged in the right direction" in my personal opinion.
The original question was aggressively acted upon, which I understand needs to happen in some cases. In this case, I feel the original poster, instead of being chased away with a broom, could have been pointed or helped, even if not on SO.
I indicated in a comment that this might have to be moved to a different site, like programming, if its not fitting for SO. I attempted to use the community wiki option, and created a new Q&A, which I thought would go to the wiki, and not as a new question. I again, indicated that SO might not be the right place, and that I was making an "attempt" to contribute.
Instead of constructive behavior, I experienced more non constructive criticism, than what I would care for when trying to contribute.
As I said, maybe its just me. I guess my question revolves around determining if its just me seeing things.