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I completely agree with your assessments on public forums.
Unfortunately, this is a severe, negative outgrowth of the increasing impersonal societies that mobile\online worlds generate.
Such worlds allow people to become anonymous in many respects, which in turn allows for less restraints on impulse control, which is what people like you are seeing in such areas as public forums.
In earlier times, there was quite a bit of monitoring of such transactions but as the technology world has been evolving, this too has slowed to a great extent allowing for meaner, nastier responses to clutter public discussions that most often begin in a civil manner.
Technologies are supposed to be merely tools to make certain functions in life easier to create and build with (ie: word processing). However, as the younger generations increasingly make it an adjunct to their daily lives where such technologies play an increasing role in supporting basic and critical thinking processes, the results are quite worrisome as you see in public forums.
Unfortunately, the idea of going back to the basics in how technologies are used does not seem to be in the cards for most people so the public commons will continue to degrade proportionately until we lose it altogether...
Sr. Software Engineer
Black Falcon Software, Inc.
You could be right in your assessment and that we are still in a period where new mores may be developing such as online courtesy enforced by changing sociologies.
However, the data right now is/are not pointing to such a development because way too many people are using technologies as crutches to their daily lives instead of the tools that they are actually good for. The result is an increasing laziness on the part of many while taking advantage of the anonymity that such technologies bring with them.
Sr. Software Engineer
Black Falcon Software, Inc.
When looking for motivation in a system involving financial transactions it is said one should "Follow the money." In a similar vein, when looking for motivation for such behavior as described one should look for the gain for the perpetrator. The desire to tear down others for no good reason is usually to build oneself up. "Follow the ego." The specific reason by case could be manifold but generally it is some sort of dysfunction in the junction (synapses). People just want to be happy, tearing down others makes them so because they're elephanted in the head. That's my guess. Don't feed the trolls.
Putting people down ... sadly codeproject itself is hugely big on this, look at the newsletters as a start. Wasted hurtful by-lines, in place of inspirational or insightful commentary.
I still read the articles as they mostly contain the original spirit of this site, the want to share/learn in an open manner that acknowledges we can all learn more.
I did raise this with one of the site managers, only to receive a reply more in tune of an anonymous post. Once he had calmed down he tried to explain his newletter by lines as humour. Sadly the difference between deliberate hurt and humour appeared to have been lost.
Like teachers who stay too long, sometimes the art and sensitivity is lost.
Haha.. I haven't notice they were hurtful!
I guess psychological hurt is in the eye of the beholder... And vary by people...
At any rate, by a more objective measure I was referring on how people use insults negative assertion (i.e. "you are so wrong" or "you are so retarded" would both fit). While (as a side remark) not providing (or even trying to provide) any useful information themselves, hence proving that helpfulness (whether misguided or not) was not the matter.
I love embedded and electronics, have always been interested although still consider myself a hack!
I just finished a lightbox using IR LEDs and ATMega328P so I can start making my own PCBs. Now just waiting for transparencies to get here so I can start testing. (I need to test lightbox to determine how long I need to set timer for developing light sensitive boards)
New version: WinHeist Version 2.2.2 Beta I told my psychiatrist that I was hearing voices in my head. He said you don't have a psychiatrist!
In case you were wondering: This is news from the US Dept. of Agriculture. I imported their entire nutrient database for some 8,000 American food types into an app I wrote that calculates the nutrients for almost any meal in the USA. OK, I am the world's entire population that uses this app! You find that strange? Well, I can tell you my average daily intake of Dodecanoic Acid and a 149 other essential and non-essential nutrients. Can you do the same? I thought not.
Am I making money with this effort? Hell no! I am retired and do it just for fun. I pity you poor blokes in the trenches who have to code for a living. My heart pumps chocolates for you. [Another evil cackle]
I have to admit that this is kind of cool, if you could afford it. I know most of us could think of better ways to spend that kind of money, but the concept is still cool to me and it reminds me of James Bond movies, etc.