That's incorrect, and it's a shame that a moderator can't see the problem.
What happens is that some people come here, ask simple questions, get simple answers - and some advice on further reading - go away and think about it and improve their knowledge.
Unfortunately there are a small number who ask simple questions, get simple answers - and some advice on further reading - go away and ignore that advice and come back with the same question time after time. Eventually this royally pisses off both those trying to help and others trying to learn.
If that happens, a smart person wouldn't reply, and an even smarter person might just reply with "see the answer you were already given <here>" (which is both helpful, but also serves to show the poster that they've asked the same question before and makes them feel a little guilty and makes it less likely they'll do the same again).
Sadly, this doesn't happen.
What happens is that stupid people start discussing the person (instead of the person's question), then more stupid people continue that discussion, then the original poster has little choice but to defend themselves and fight back, then it becomes argumen. Then I have to try and clean up the mess caused by the stupid people; but by then it's too late - the new person has already learned to behave like the stupid people (and hasn't learnt to behave in a mature and professional way).
Yesterday I deleted a total of 28 posts from the "Why do people say C is better than Assembly?"
topic. Some of them I'd classify as "harmless but not helping", and most I'd classify as either causing the problem or contributing to the problem (and not helping).
A bigger problem is that there are moderators on this forum who fail to deal with those who aren't prepared to make any effort.
No. You either don't understand how I deal with these people or don't agree with my methods. I try to use "patient guidance" (posts like this one
and this one
) that are designed to help someone become a better programmer/OS developer (over time). You only want me to attack or ban and aren't interested in helping beginners.
Another problem is that any criticism of the moderators is immediately deleted in order to preserve their self-importance.
No. Offensive posts (that aren't constructive criticism) and/or off-topic posts are deleted regardless of who they're aimed at.