Quite often I will find a few core users post the same type of comment like Mitch's against this question SO: SQL to return missing rows. I have read the reread the FAQ but can not find any reference to such a requirement.
In case the comment is deleted, for the sake of discussion, it is reproduced here:
Please post the code you have written so far. People generally do not like to just write your code for you. As it is, this is a work description, not a question.
Right at the top of https://stackoverflow.com/faq is the section
What kind of questions can I ask here?
… if your question generally covers …
* a specific programming problem
* a software algorithm
* software tools commonly used by programmers
* matters that are unique to the programming profession
… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!
I have flagged the comment as noise, but I am guessing that will be a bad move for my flag weight. You can't win every time.
I am trying to get some discussion going as to whether this type of comment really helps the question at all or is it just incendiary, condescending, offensive (to the asker) or just noise?
This is a public site and everyone can feel free to just move along past a question they don't like, right?
Note: IMHO, the question was concise and very clear, so there was no issue on that front.