How to handle the following sequence of events which just happened to me here:
The tl;dr is a cranky OP who can't get to the point, or post reproducible testcase, but wastes our time writing plentiful complaints in multiple comments. Without posting reproducible testcase.
- OP posts vague question about reading mangled CSV, without any test code whatsoever.
- Me + one other person answer to the best of our ability. In my answer I ask the OP to post the offending snippet of CSV if he wants code.
- Nothing. Time passes.
- OP complains in multiple comments I haven't solved his issue. Without posting any test code.
- I again post a comment, in boldface, asking OP to post the csv if he wants code
- OP posts test data. I reverify my solution works.
- OP complains my solution didn't work. Not a constructive way to behave. No specifics.
- Turns out OP's 'test data' did not reproduce their issue. No apology. No 'oops'. No thanks. Nothing.
- My solution gets downvoted. It's not my fault the OP can't get to the point within half an hour - as in: post three simple lines of CSV file that actually reproduce their issue. Amazing. They can certainly write complaint comments, but they can't post a 6-line testcase. Mindblowing.
- After 36 minutes, OP finally posts reproducible test case (29 mins + 7 mins server lag).
- I'm about to redo the code based on that, give them the benefit of the doubt. But:
- OP complains again in comments (rude, unconstructive, inconsiderate).
- OP scolds me (in comment) for claiming my solution was the solution - although it was correct per the data that they had posted up to then. It read OP's CSV testcase correctly - the other answer didn't read the CSV file.
- Someone flags my comments for deletion.
- More downvotes.
- I point out (in a comment) to OP how this sort of behavior is disrespectful and inconsiderate of my time, so I'm disinclined to take 99 bites of the cherry at OP's question.
- No apology, no 'thanks anyway'. More flagging, comments disappear, more downvotes.
- Just a truckload of bad behavior, with attitude.
- I'm leaving my original answer up (correct, per OP's original testcase). Not wasting any more time on these people. I don't care if I set the SO record for downvotes (you never know, it's r category).
- All of the comments have disappeared, leaving mine looking foolish and missing all context.
- So, what actionable things did I/we learn? To mercilessly vote-to-close instead of giving users the benefit of the doubt? To play downvote wars like nine-year-olds? I don't see that there's any consequence to users behaving like this. Seriously inquiring of you all...? Is there a 'timewasting and inconsiderate' flag? If not, do we need one?
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