I am referring to this question:
I can see that one of the moderators stepped in and added some guidance for answers, but it sure doesn't look like anybody took it seriously, and the question itself seems like a pure "pet peeve" poll.
Is there something I'm missing? What redeeming value is there in a question like this? How is it any different from simply asking "What do you hate about being a programmer?"
Questions about dealing with specific impediments are great - I even answered one about getting better requirements, that being the #1 item on the list in Joel's (accepted) answer. Of course, the 3 line blurb there is (no offense to Joel) really not going to help any programmer be better at his/her job, whereas the former targeted question at least has a chance. The "stressors" question is really just yet another bitch-fest, pardon my French.
Ordinarily I'd just flag these questions, but since it's already picked up a ridiculous number of votes and been touched by at least one moderator, I figured it made more sense to ask for clarification.