The first thing said in that post was READ THE SURVIVAL GUIDE.
If new people actually followed that advice, that would solve most of the problem. I love it when a newbie starts a post something like: "Hi everyone, I've been reading the first timer's guide and trying to search the forum but can't seem to find an answer to my question."
That sets a positive tone and preempts snark even if they are lying about it!
I still feel that it is up to the poster, old or new, to set the tone of their posts and that they are consequently responsible for the types of replies they elicit. Everybody today wants to absolve themselves of responsibility and play the poor victim. That's bull shit.
Rarely do I post something mean, rude or crude that it is not my intention to provoke. After I either get the reaction I am expecting, or maybe even better, get no reaction at all, I move on. Sometimes I apologize, sometimes no apology is necessary. It's just my way of testing the metal of new acquaintances. Based on how people respond, it gives me a good indication of their character. Like it or not, it hasn't seemed to fail me yet. I've made some wonderful friends here and eliminated the riffraff along the way too.
JKhttp://www.mudskippercafe.comWhen I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me