I'm a student from the Computer Science department at Aalborg University in Denmark. Currently I'm leader of BZS and I'm coding for the mod. I blog a bit on moddb when it is related to the mod or personal experience which I find useful for the game community.
Posted by eliasr on Jun 28th, 2012
This is not meant to offend the reader, even if the reader should fell that this post relates to him/her.Sometimes people do some bad research or none research at all, which tend to create a question many people have answered thousand of times or even in the latest news/announcement.Even I have done so, but I have grown up since and am now a part of the group who has to answer these "stupid" questions.So when you read this post, please don't fell directly offended. If you do anyway, then consider to use the search function, google or eventually read the latest news/announcements before writing your question.
If you recently have entered a mod or a forum, without taking a look at the latest news, announcements or forum topics, and you yet have written a "stupid" question, like: "Dead?" , "Is this for HL1?" (or HL2), "Where / how can I" and the answer is obvious posted in the latest news, FAQ or indicated in a special information table on the page that you can see all the time on the site?
Well then you should consider to test your IQ once more. Cause it is common for newer internet users, but it is widely known and taught that one should use the functions and information to obtain the answer, so we don't see a lot of irrelevant questions.
It should be few who have an IQ so low that they don't see the reason for the above lecture. However when one person writes dead "I'm glad it isn't dead" It seems that it attracts a shit-storm of users who thinks it IS dead. I clearly find that troublesome, cause it fells like I have to post in capital letters, that it isn't dead, or the mod is for HL1 , etc etc.
But even worse: When I see a post written by an adult, regardless whether their mind was TD;DR on the latest news. It really offends me to see a post like "dead?".
What is it good for to ask, if the person doesn't have enough interest even to read the latest announcement. The only thing it makes is confusion for other who have the same kind of mind, and then we have a wall full of RIP messages. (Dear god, for heavens sake; stop the madness)
The trouble is: Its rude to delete the stupid questions, and it is censorship. Even if it is people like Newbez who got nothing better to do than to annoy other developers.
But sometimes it get really messy, and those people who post some good comments gets buried below a wall of death-hollics-posters. So some censorship seem to be at its place if it needs to be clean, but every time a comment is deleted, it sends a negative signal to the rest of the community.
It also occurs at my work. The website is easy to navigate, it's written in natural language and the information they ask about is really simple to find.
As an example: Our site has a contact formula to the right side in a main menu tab. Before the customer get to that page, a pricing tab can be read. Yet we see quite some who hasn't the slightish clue about it. And then there are the ones who refuses to read the condition on which they rent the camp that KFUM/KFUK provides, and therefore loses their deposit to cleaning.
For the latter, lets us all agree that it would simplify many things and not just the economics, if people would care to have some interest and read the announcements.