Programmers new "elitist snobs"
I have had a majority of polite, helpful and constructive responses to my questions and a few pompous rants, as well. I'm a beginner so they say the "eye rolling" responses to beginner questions is just axiomatic and to get used to it.
But I've read some really nasty responses to the extreme beginner questions and I've noticed that this is one of the only scientific fields who's culture is akin to artistic elitism. Much like writers, painters and sculptors, coders seem to take such joy and elation at knowing more than someone else, and driving the point through the laymans heart, like a French sommelier.
This is not a generalization, but an obvious trend, so If you're offended by my comment, you need to ask yourself WHY you are offended.
trend, not generalization...
Actually matsp, you've given me some decent advice, so (at least for me) you don't qualify. I have a thick skin. I just worry about the guys/girls who don't, and might decide to abandon the field altogether. Code doesn't come easy for me. I work like a madman to maintain a C average and there is no tutoring for C++(only C) at my college. I guess I just have exagerated empathy.
Also, I should out myself on being an elitist snob when it comes to writing/composition. I'm not rude but I do tend to be a bit self important so...
All responses welcome.