There has been some minor stir about a user who apparently rage-quit P.SE. This isn't exactly common, but it isn't exactly uncommon either.
I admit to this being a less than idea question itself - I am asking several things at once and I don't believe that there is a single answer to this. However, chat while archived is ephemeral in the minds of its denizens. Blog post on this isn't the answer, and P.SE certainly isn't the right place. A Meta post seems to be the only reasonable equivalent to the watering hole that has some permanence in the minds of people (at least more than chat).
(Related How to prevent “Why is my question being closed?” and User Frustration? - though this is only one part of it).
I believe there are a number of contributing factors to this - the question is what can we do not only as P.SE but also SO and to an extent, the stack exchange network.
This began with a post on Stack Overflow - How do I take my web dev learning to the next level?. There were comments in this that I recall (I might be wrong, if there is issue, I believe a mod can clarify the specifics of this) that were in essence:
- Career advice should be asked on P.SE -- someone (1)
- Ok, but why don't you just answer this? -- OP (2)
At this point the question was closed, and the original poster reasked the question on P.SE. Someone got in an answer before it was closed here. (3)
The poster then asked on meta Closed as not constructive?. While he got answers to it, they were not the ones he was looking for and (IMHO) was a bit argumentative in the comments to the answers provided - I was less inclined to help him after he responded with what amounts to "that's what you think."
The question meta was downvoted (4) which lead to an edit, asking why it was downvoted.
Following this, there appears to have a rage-quit from P.SE (his account is still active on SO).
- What can we do to help clarify the proper migration criteria to the SO community at large so they don't refer off topic questions to P.SE.
- I'm not sure what can be done to help this, but it was a point of raising frustration for the OP.
- Again, sometimes people get answers in before the close. This lead to the increased frustration as expressed in the meta question: "The only answer given (likely before it was closed) clearly suggests that the question is constructive." .The desire to help is there, even when we know its off topic for the site. Myself, I admit to answering a question and close voting it.
- Meta downvotes are different. However, without going through the various meta faq's, one likely isn't aware of this on their first trip to meta (especially if they haven't lurked). While those familiar with the site are aware of this, it is another point of raising frustration.
On any of these points, what can we do to help people from becoming more frustrated? Or was this just an unfortunate crash of personality and site philosophy that couldn't be averted?