why is it that so many veteran users are set on putting down questions from new users?
Let me counter that with a question for you to answer: Why do so many new users assume bad faith of veteran users?
Within the first five minutes of me asking a question(and this might be someone else's experience), mods and veteran users immediately downvote and mark it as a duplicate, and then link to a question asked 10 years ago.
Yes, isn't that awesome? Within 5 minutes you've been guided to an answer that has been carefully curated over the last 6 to 8 years to be given to you once your question popped up.
I was not here 10 years ago and plus, when I search my question topic before posting, I can never find the questions that they link in the search menu.
I give you that the on-site search is sub-par. It works when you know exactly what you're looking for but if you misspelled or use a slightly under used synonym search will return you nothing. Better rely on Google/Bing/DuckDuckGo to do the first shake down of potential articles to research. It also helps if you include typical search terms you used in your question. An experienced pair of eyes will notice why you didn't find things that solved your issue. And with your search terms your question might now serve as a signpost to the correct answer. That is still beneficial.
A user got mad at me for deleting and then reposting a comment because I forgot to tag him. He said that his prior comment was to "prompt you to add more information to your post", even though he never said that explicitly and did not mark the question as 'unclear'. That's not helpful at all.
I don't see anyone being mad there, just to the point. That might not be a communication style that works best for you but you have to be really unlucky to find that single user that appears to be rude/aggressive by default. Despite popular belief, the overwhelmingly majority of users that take care by leaving a comment and pointing out solutions to raised questions, mean to be friendly and helpful. It hurts them as much as it hurts you if that doesn't pan out.
Maybe this discussion question will get downvoted as well, but I feel as if there is no room for people as a whole to express questions pertaining to their experiences. Questions that are 'copied' and called 'duplicates' are just a user asking their question from their perspective. Some people don't want an answer to somebody else's question.
That sounds all very charitable but here I have to politely point out that on the SE network we're not optimizing to just help you and only you. The network tries to build a canonical collection of knowledge based on questions and their answers. That does mean that the posts have to be self-contained and self-supporting for visitors to come. For that reason posts get curated more then on an regular forum. If you honestly don't care about the next wave of new users struggling with similar issues and don't want to put that little bit more effort in then maybe reddit or Quora are a better venue.
But I can't give problems without answers. I propose a restructure of the searching algorithm, so that users searching for an old question can find it easier.
Totally agree. You might want to support some of the open feature requests on that topic.
I also propose that we put something in the Code of Conduct especially pertaining to New Contributors, because the tag doesn't seem to change anybody's mind about how to respond to their questions and answers.
If we agree on the fact that we're all here in our free time, participate with an open mind and all parties assume good faith, I don't think we need anything special in the code of conduct, after all Edits, comments, and suggestions are healthy parts of our community.