I asked this question, and got some decent help in the comments. Unfortunately, that help came with a slew of insults hurled at me. Whenever I ask a question, I try really hard not to be wasting people's time, so the whole experience has really rubbed me the wrong way. I'm wondering what the greater community's take on this is.
- Am I off base in thinking this was abusive?
- If not, is there something I can do when someone does this kind of thing to me? I flagged one of the comments, and it has been recently enough that probably a moderator just hasn't gotten around to looking at it yet.
- But how would a moderator even handle this situation? I mean, I got an answer. It just came with a bunch of insults. What can a moderator really even do here?
In short, I guess I'm wondering if I should be recalibrating my internal expectations of how much abuse I should have to accept in order to get an answer on StackOverflow. Right at the moment, this mostly just discourages me from wanting to ask questions.