You’re right. I think I meant “perceived as rude.” There’s a lot of behavior that, to a neutral 3rd party observer would not be considered rude, and certainly don’t violate community standards, but that from the perspective of someone new to this forum, new to coding, and or new to julia, might nevertheless come across as unwelcoming. Eg:
Questioner: Please help, my code has an error (screenshot of REPL)
Response: Please look at this PSA, and copy/paste your code rather than using a screenshot.
Questioner: (paste of unformatted code)
Response: Please format your code (link to PSA)
Questioner: (failed attempt to format code), please can anyone explain this?
Response: Again, please format your code. It’s a MethodError, (link to julia docs on Methods)
None of this is rude per say - it’s all totally in bounds. And it’s also understandable that people don’t want to spend a ton of time explaining this sort of thing over and over. But we should recognize that, from the perspective of someone trying to get help, links to large pages of text that may contain somewhere in them the answer that they’re seeking (but require slogging through irrelevant information, or information whose relevance may not be apparent), can be off-putting.
Asking questions well is a skill, and it takes practice. It’s totally appropriate that we ask people to learn this skill, but I think the community as a whole is better when we all make an extra effort to be kind to people that are struggling.
To be clear - I think this forum is already a role-model for being kind to newcomers, and I think that most of us, most of the time do put in that effort). But the fact that folks like @Nakul_Tiruviluamala have had the experience of feeling scolded (and if there’s one person willing to say that, there are probably many others that felt this way and as a result aren’t around anymore), should be evidence that we can still improve.