We are here to help people to have fun. We are here for a hobby, not something we are being paid for. Is not our job like Stack Overflow and it is not our creed like the Religious SE. It is not about politcs, it is not about money. It's about having fun.
Why are people being so rude to each other, then?
Anyone that post an answer here is doing that (or should be doing that) with the only intent to help. We are not fighting over Reputation, "correcteness" or anything like this.
So why people are being rude? It is almost everywhere. On comments, on answers, even on meta.
A While ago I was blasted hard regarding a question about 4E mounts for being "anti-4e". Then I saw people fighting over the "Scopeness" of answers that barely answered the question. I see people bashing each other hard for really stupid things. I, myself, was rude sometimes.
But today, a comment from Brian made me stop and think about things.
"If it's clear, then you don't need to respond to the comment. Just flag the prior comment as obsolete and move on."
It may be a cultural thing, but it sounded to me like a "Shut up and be quiet". I was bothered by this on a first moment, but then I realized that it is all over the place (not specific to Brian, I mean rudeness on a more general level). People are being rude with each other without spending two secs to think about other people point of view.
I them ask again. Why people are being rude for no reason around the site?
To let things crystal clear. My focus is not Brian's comment. That may be a culture clash and his comment may even be not rude at all. It was just what made me think about the rudeness of RPG SE.
Also, Im not complaining about necessary interventions. What I'm talking about is unecessary rudeness, like being excessively harsh when adressing someone.
Some examples? There ya go.
- That dreaded 4E mount question started with the assumption that I didn't knew anything about the System, and even the title was offensive when it first was posted.
- On this question an user was overly energetic defending his point of view, to the point of nitpicking which terms I used to describe real-life physics, even if the concept on itself was right. The comments are deleted now, but if the mods can see them...
- On a chat with someone that I can't really remember who was, it was stated that a different interpration of the rules is "Impossible to someone who understands the language right" or something along those lines.
I'm citing only things that happened to me, but i'm certain that it happens all over the place with everyone.
I am not poiting fingers, but I feel that RPG SE can be a bit acidic, principally with new users.