I’m nearly over a month here, on GD.SE. Very happy to find a place to share knowledge about one of the things I love the most, my profession. I must admit that at the beginning it was difficult, some errors of miss-understandings, unknowledge about how the site works, language, etc. But what surprised me most, and I confess it was not easy to me to understand, was the level of aggressiveness that exists on the site. Yes, aggressiveness, haters, arrogance, whatever.
I extract some paragraphs from the Help Center, specifically from > Our model > Be nice:
Do not be a jerk.
These are just a few examples. If you see them, flag them:
• Name-calling. Focus on the post, not the person. That includes terms that are personal even when they are applied to posts (like "lazy", "ignorant", or "whiny").
• Bigotry of any kind. Language likely to offend or alienate individuals or groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. will not be tolerated. At all. (Those are just a few examples; when in doubt, just do not.)
• Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive. Also, this is dating site.
• Harassment and bullying. If you see a hostile interaction, flag it. If it keeps up, disengage - we'll handle it. If something needs staff attention, you can use the contact us link at the bottom of every page.
I think in this month I have seen each of these points reproduced in different answers and comments.
I already say that at first I had a bit of trouble, but my passion for Graphic Design was bigger than the attacks, sometimes to my answers and I think in a couple of times to my person (this second point is not so important, I know very well where I am, it's just information).
It looks like a joke?
What kind of interpretation have that after answered a couple of questions my first day in GD.SE I started to get lower scores at ALL my interventions in StackOverflow, site in which I have not participated since the beginning of this year? It has an online connection? Has there been any suspicious intervention? 😁 Well, it seems a joke to me to see the level of simplicity that mediocrity can bring, although this is not an attack, is just some personal thinking.
Personally, I don't see the point of commenting a question that I think is wrong if I don't bring the correct answer or at least the direction to take to the correct one. And I think I would never do that in the terms in which those comments are usually given, such as: –At the font that you have put the S is different!–, or after clarifying in the answer that I give is an alternative in another application, the comment that always comes up –That's not what the OP request –. I have the feeling that some people has their answers in a doc file and copy/paste them according to the occasion. What's the point of commenting that the answer is not the right one without providing an alternative? This is the same level as somebody who requests a tutorial in a question.
Sometimes I see questions, even kind of shy writing, with the immediate closing option without even a little explanation, and when I say immediate means one or two seconds after the question is online. It looks like the OP is the one who write the (close) at the end of the question. And if the OP has to read the reason for the possible closure, there are even times that the reason does not correspond at all to the type of question. In addition to the haters, there are the closers, who simply propose to close questions.
To me it is a pity that some of these situations happen here. In my case it is not so important, I understood how it works and I adapt myself, just participating if it is interesting and if it is not, I simply let it go. The problem is that these types of attitudes drive people away. A first-year Graphic Design student who timidly ask a question and after a second get eight angry dogs coming over, not only will not never return anymore, but also will convey to all the colleagues from the school or university that participating in GD.SE does not make any sense. And I think this is a shame.
Will it be necessary to be more demanding with the Be Nice point in some way?
For the rest, I am still very happy to share things and knowledge with all the people here. In a month I have learned a lot and I really appreciate all the orthographic corrections (I hope nobody takes this wrong and send me to English Language & Usage Stack Exchange).