OK, so the question is, as far as it goes, fine, not great but not an immediate close (though maybe off-topic).


However, the answers have largely descended into a passive agressive self-help group with threats of violence and so on. There are enough up votes that simply down voting isn't going to do it - reason enough to close?

Or am I being OTT?

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    Was thinking the same thing. – gablin Feb 24 '11 at 23:37

This question does not seem very specific to the profession of software development to me.

Really? Only programmers enter long, drawn out discussions yelling at each other?

I guess all those thousands of years of human history have steered me wrong, somehow!

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You can (and are encouraged to) vote to close if you feel that it's warranted. Adding a comment may also encourage others to consider voting similarly.

As far as the question goes, I agree that it's borderline, but I'd call it not constructive before calling it off-topic. Some of the answers are just attempts at humour, however potentially misguided. With a reasonable answer accepted, I think we can leave this as is for now (especially since it's now CW). If more unconstructive answers keep showing up, it may be worth protecting or locking the question.

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There's an Area 51 proposal for office-related issues that may be more appropriate for this sort of question (http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/22377/office-work-and-desk-jobs).

However, since that site is not yet launched, I think it is acceptable to leave the question on programmers.stackexchange.

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As the author of the accepted answer, I have to admit that I was very surprised, puzzled and at the same time slightly embarrassed at the number of votes it got. (Particularly when I compare it to the number of votes you get for a reasonably well-researched or insightful answer.)

While I don't think humour and irony should be banished from this site, life would be quite awful without them and we're all human (although some I suspect to be robots), it made me question the value of "how much the community trusts you".

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