Twitter | Search | |
April Wensel
This was just posted by a guy with 100K+ rep on a beginner StackOverflow question. EQ note: Even this kind of subtly condescending comment can be very discouraging. The words "exactly" and especially "clearly" are warning signs in this context.
Reply Retweet Like More
April Wensel 16 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Consider this easy alternative: "In order to help you find the error in line 49, we'll need to see the rest of the code. Could you add it to your question?"
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 16 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Here's one from someone with 200K+ rep. The issue here is a lack of empathy. Alternative: "Could you paste the code in the question? I'm not comfortable following offsite links. Also, could you share more details on what you've tried?"
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 16 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
(I didn't include the piece about the irrelevant text because I disagree, but that concern could also be stated more empathetically: "Heads up, you'll likely get more responses if you can shorten the questionβ€”perhaps you could cut [whatever part].")
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 16 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Anyway, I could do this all night because the examples abound, I have no plans, and I actually find it fun to rewrite these, but I think I've made my point. 😁 If you can't be kind while helping people, they're probably better off without your "help."
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 17 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Note: these are even *mild* examples by the site's standards. I found them in just a few minutes of looking at downvoted new questions. It's often much worse.
Reply Retweet Like
π™·πšŽπš—πš›πš’ π™°πšœπšœπšŽπš’πš•πš’ 17 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Sorry but when it says error on line 49, the person has no business coding. At some point you have to tell people that they should change careers, and that’s good feedback.
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 18 Mar 18
Replying to @rikkles
Who gets to decide who "has no business coding"? Doesn't everyone start out as a beginner who may not know the things that you now take for granted?
Reply Retweet Like
Sabrina Tjeng 18 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
My first SO qn got so many downvotes so quickly but no one bothered to/seemed to be able to answer it. Also, at least tell me what I did wrong please instead of just giving a passive aggressive response?? I’ve always thought that it was my problem until I saw this today. So angry
Reply Retweet Like
Mart 30 Apr 18
Can understand your frustration, but stick with it. I would recommend asking on the community what is the issue(s) with the question. (1/2)
Reply Retweet Like
Jo Wright 17 Mar 18
Replying to @aprilwensel
Let's start a compassionate competitor. I am 100% serious. A welcoming forum that encourages and rewards compassionate responses, and discourages this kind of behavior.
Reply Retweet Like
April Wensel 17 Mar 18
Replying to @kvetchup @alison985
Love this! Check out what has started up:
Reply Retweet Like