Cases in point:
Question: Installer wants alternate opinions on how to start up a condenser.
Answer: This ain't a DIY site. I would have fired you, you hack.
Question: I have a mostly finished system installed by a pro. How do I finish a bit of ducting myself?
Answer: You should have called a real pro you boob.
Question: How do I buy direct from OEMs?
Answer: How dare you? You're taking food from someone's baby!
Question: What set of tools would make a good gift?
Answer: You're a DIY'er hack in disguise. You deserve no answer.
Question: Help me with this school assigned quiz.
Answer: You're a DIY'er in disguise too! Out damn spot!
Those examples are a sampling of just the top half of the residential section. Considering how fast new threads go up, the hostility is rampant.
To be fair, my summarized replies weren't the only answers given. And I am summarizing the posts in the worst way. But when someone gets their butt reamed for no real reason in one reply and the other ten are nice, which reply do you think he remembers? What's worse is that most of the butt reamers would never do that with their customers face to face. They would politely correct and instruct and keep the vitriol to themselves. Is there any reason why we can't do that more often here?
Of course there IS a reason. A lot of "pros" act professional because they have to, not because it's in their nature or they want to. After a long day of putting on heirs in the field, they get to come here and be themselves. They relieve themselves, as it were, on anyone who reminds them of that jerk they dealt with earlier in the day. Mind you, most of the "relievers" are nice guys overall. They just use this as a sort of unfortunate therapy. Nothing makes you feel better than knowing how stupid someone else is, ay?
Answering each and every example above would be an utter waste of time. I'm addressing a common pattern of behavior. You can legitimately disagree with how I'm characterizing the severity of the problem. Any one of my specific examples may be arguable. But if you can't even see that the problem I refer to exists as more than a rare occurrence, then get some new glasses Bubba because you're prescription has run out.
And no, I do NOT refer to professional debates amongst equally knowledgeable peers. God bless them. They can rip each other apart. Frankly that's FUN. I of course refer to those seeking knowledge, perhaps with unproven ulterior motives or not, who get their heads chopped off for asking the wrong question in the wrong way or for even simply being... (*gasp*) an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor or even (God forbid) a DIY'er.
So there it is. Though I've named no one specific, no doubt someone will take it personal and give me the "who's it what for". That's OK. And no, I don't expect one thing to change as a result of this. If anything I will add to the overall butt reaming total by getting my own rear reddened. But that's OK. Knock yourself out Sparky. I can take it.