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Programmers.SE and the Summer of Love

Programmers.SE, we need to talk.

We've had a rough couple of years, what with being originally a place to ask anything and everything and having to shape up. I get that it's annoying to still see off-topic question or questions that are unanswerable day in and day out.

But that's no excuse for the excessively rude and offensive comments and answers that currently happen on questions like these. Questions like that aren't great: they're probably off-topic. But when we have users with literally thousands of reputation leaving comments like the now-deleted:

No thanks, I'm not your [expletive deleted].

And answers like this that link to extremely condescending and overtly hostile GIFs like these, we have completely lost our way.

This isn't an isolated incident, either: hostile comments and answers like these happen all the time, and what appears to be increasing frequency, from people with enough reputation to know better:

Let me be clear: we make the internet a worse place when stuff like this happens. We make our site look like trash.

Please, stop it. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything. Vote to close, flag, down-vote, or leave a polite comment explaining to the user where they went wrong and just move on. If you find yourself unable to resist leaving a snarky or hostile comment on a question or answer you don't like, I humbly suggest you do what I did: take a break from the site. It'll still be here when you come back.

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