This article is interesting:
While we’re nowhere near the level of problems that stack overflow has, I personally struggle with some of the concepts here:
Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be told that they did it wrong. They get snarky or condescending comments for not explaining what they’ve tried (that didn’t work). They get an answer… but the answerer gets scolded for “encouraging ‘low-quality’ questions.”
I find myself answering more and more questions with a simple “search the forums for x”, and then always feel kind of like it comes off as too blunt. The problem, though, is that if the OP had done even a small amount of research, there would have been no need to post.
I’m not sure what the long term goal is here, but… I’m wondering about the long term health of the forum as it relates to fatigue by more experienced users simply opting not to answer because of the exhausting nature of repeated “how do I engrave with no crumb tray?” and “what settings do I use to cut X material?”
Anyway. It’s a half-baked thought at this point, but I’ve already found myself thinking “I won’t answer that, the person hasn’t even bothered to look” more than once… and then feeling guilty for thinking it.
Man, I just wish there were a more rigorous form for submitting problem topics. It’d save a bunch of time and effort.