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  • Not to be too juvenile, but I'd have to say he started it. His first substantive comments are:

    "Wordpress can't process it's own RSS feeds" followed by "its nuts". That could be seen as a bit provocative, and is bound to get a bad response.

    The right way to do this would be to say something like ...

    "It seems like Wordpress can't process it's own RSS feeds", "I have a standard WP-MU install, and when I do X I get this error: ..."

    Straightforward description of the problem, with relevant details and an error mes

    • He is also doing too much of a "kick me" with his, "Hand me the abuse, as long as I get the answer" attitude.

      Were I in his position I would have started off with, "I can't get Wordpress to process its own RSS feeds." Then, "It keeps telling me, 'Could not find an RSS or ATOM feed at that URL.'" "I've read the documentation and tried everything I can think of." If nobody responds to that then follow up with, "Does anyone have any ideas?"

      He thinks he knows how to handle technical people. I think he's mist

      • He is also doing too much of a "kick me" with his, "Hand me the abuse, as long as I get the answer" attitude.

        No kidding! I'm not impressed by the self-deprecation. It wouldn't make me treat a guy badly, but it does make it hard to take him seriously. At worst, it makes me think "He thinks I'm a jerk." It could be construed as a subtle insult.

        And the "I'll proclaim you God" crap would be religiously offensive to me if I were still the kind of guy who got offended religiously. (Calling myself God would be blasphemy in my religion, so calling me that is NOT a compliment to me in any way, shape, or form.) When y

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        • It could be construed as a subtle insult.

          Given that the guy went out and posted this rant afterward, I'm inclined to believe it WAS a subtle insult. He was saying, "Yes, I know you guys are social cretins who aren't capable of treating anyone nicely." That appears to be what he believes. He wasn't willing to give them the same grace he wanted, forgiveness for acting like a jerk. He admits he acted like a jerk, and he expects it to be sweetly overlooked. So why can't he sweetly overlook their problems?

          His "Treat me like a jerk all you want, as long as I get the answer" is also a complete lie, as well. He got his answer; so why is he out ranting about the way he was treated when he specifically said "That's okay, as long as I get the answer"?

          Somebody else said the open source community should be more forgiving to idiots. I agree. But the problem here was not an idiot. It was a jerk. That is different. Again, I wouldn't necessarily treat someone badly for all this, but I also probably wouldn't waste my time with them, and I don't hold other people to my own standard of behavior. If other people want to respond with anger when they feel someone insults them, who am I to judge?

          As someone else said, this guy did not get "hosed." He had an argument. Like many (but certainly not all) arguments, there were two sides to this one, and neither side was blameless.

          This in no way invalidates the fact that many people in such forums are jerks to clueless newbies.

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers