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The Summer of Nonsense Personally I consider the Summer of Love a mostly failed campaign, especially when it comes to the smaller sites of the network (I don't know if it benefited Stack Overflow, and I don't really care). Most people fixate on the whole "niceness" theme and forget that actively trying to help an asker, even just a tiny bit and even if only ...


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Responding negatively to those folks who copy paste their homework assignments is just a waste of time. These people don't care how you react; they're looking for the one guy that will actually do their homework for them (some people will). Consequently, your negative comment will have no effect on the OP, and will only succeed in irritating your fellow ...


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Solution: Flag the rude comments, then move on.


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TL;DR: "Summer of Love" tries to solve not simply the wrong problem (very rare really bad comments are already self-policed well enough by community, and mildly rough ones more likely than not apply to content that is bad and should be deleted in the first place); but aims to offend and punish people who are trying to solve the right problem (Q&A ...


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Thank you for bring this up on meta. I am constantly seeing rude, snarky, condescending, and even hostile comments like these all over Programmers, and appreciate you taking the time to bring this issue to everyone's attention. Its not all users, but its enough users to make a noticeable difference in the site. I couldn't agree more with this If you don'...


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Rudeness and offensive comments are absolutely not tolerated and should be flagged for moderator attention. We take this kind of thing very seriously. With that being said I think the "welcome" you have received here may have been because of your tenacity in being heard, your strong convictions about what you feel is right and wrong, and your passionate ...


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No, they should not get automatic close votes Per the meta FAQ question Are book recommendations on-topic? I would say that like "what language should I learn" questions, questions that effectively ask for a list of books on X should be closed as "not constructive". However, like programming language questions, if you have specialised ...


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Askers yield As a prolific answerer, you better keep in mind that your satisfaction with questions quality is considered more important than that of the asker. For the official statement on above, refer to Stack Exchange blog, Optimizing For Pearls, Not Sand: ...we’re determined to keep question quality high, even at the cost of refusing a little sand. ...


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Please don't add "thanks" as answers. Invest some time in the site and you will gain sufficient privileges to upvote answers you like, which is the Programmers Meta way of saying thank you. Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. ...


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I use some variation of this one a lot when I see new users posting off-topic questions Hi Person, welcome to Programmers! Unfortunately, our site is a Q&A site for conceptual software development questions, and not a place to simply get answers from programmers about any topic. I am going to vote to close your question for being off-topic, ...


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Your depression largely stems from the fact that you've arrived at Stack Exchange with some invalid assumptions, premises and preconceived judgments, which you probably obtained by participating in other online forums. Stack Exchange doesn't seek to be a "me too" forum. In fact, the goals are quite the opposite. Where forums will allow you to post almost ...


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You weren't rude, which is the only criteria for anything "Summer of Love" related, so no you didn't do anything wrong there. Personally I don't think you did anything wrong at all, though an optional addendum explaining how the question could be improved would be even more helpful. And frankly, discouraging you from trying to improve questions and the site,...


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What kind reaction would you expect to a post looking like this? This question would surely be considered off-topic, but... A friend of mine who lives in France is going to marry soon. And we (his friends) are looking for a nice place to make a geek party somewhere in Central Europe. If someone has had an experience like this please let us know. Downvote,...


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I think you, and a lot of the others focused on the "summer of love," are suffering from confirmation bias. You believe there is a problem with rudeness, so you go out of your way to find it. There is always going to be a handful of rude people among the many, nothing can be done to stop that. This "rudeness epidemic" is something that should be handled by ...


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Here's an example comment I leave to a blatant, zero effort homework dump: recommended reading: **[Open letter to students with homework problems](http://meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/q/6166/)** "...If your question on Programmers.SE is just a copy paste of homework problem, expect it to be downvoted, closed, and deleted - potentially in quite short ...


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As a regular user, I have begun using this comment: Welcome to Programmers! Please check out the [FAQ], as it seems like your question is off-topic here. Perhaps [SO] is a better place to find your answer? My goal with this comment is to remove any possible negative tone, and be as constructive as possible. It's also short and easy to remember. Of course,...


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I'd like to suggest that the most ubiquitous excessively rude comment on Stack Exchange is built into the software itself: It's branding someone's honest attempt at soliciting help to improve their programming skills as "not constructive" simply because it doesn't fit an increasingly (and, let's face it, unintuitively) tight set of rules about the desired ...


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I am the OP of that question. First of all, I have developed a great deal of respect for everyone involved in the original question and the meta question so far, as well as for the SE technology itself. How these edge cases are handled is exactly what separates good communities from bad. A Little Background... I happen to have borne witness to the ...


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