I have read the new "be nice" code of conduct and would like to see whether it applies to the behavior I have encountered in this post.
This post has a bounty attached for 500 rep, which started a kind of a feeding frenzy.
In short, the poster had crashes after upgrade to Windows 10 and asked for analysis. One answer was a defective CPU and mine was for a RAM problem. The guy ran my recommended MemTest86 and informed us both that many errors were found and asked why the problem was not apparent in Windows 7.
What shocked me was the reaction of the other guy. He immediately launched a two-pronged attack. On the one hand he replaced his wrong analysis with my answer, and added a reason for the crash only happening in Windows 10 (which is wrong again). On the other hand he added a poisonous comment to my answer, which started a downvoting stampede which brought my answer to negative and frightened the poster away from it. Finally all comments were deleted by a moderator.
I have no criticism regarding the poster who is free to do as he sees fit and to consider the other's answer that is choke-full of links as more educative. After the inclusion of my answer, it certainly looks as being more complete.
I would like, however, to ask if the new code allows behavior that might even be called plagiarism and bluff in the hunt for a bounty.
I would certainly be heavily downvoted here, but would like some answers, perhaps from the moderators. I have been called bounty-hunter on this site, but all I do is answer posts. Is everything permitted for getting the bounty?
It seems that the new Code does not change anything and moderators will still limit their intervention to insulting or useless comments and answers.
The matter I exposed may relate more to netiquette than to any Code, so I would like to sum up my own netiquette that I have developed here over the years :
- My answers will not intentionally overlap others, except in minor parts, in answers and comments.
- If a comment contains what I think is the right answer, I will encourage that person to put up his own answer rather than use it myself.
- I will avoid from negatively commenting on other answers, especially when a bounty is involved, except when an answer is actively harmful such as advising the replacement of a perfectly good CPU. (Asking for some proof for stated claims is not a negative comment.)
- I will not complement my answer with elements from other answers so that it becomes a summary of the subject. (I find that having the full picture scattered over individual answers of differing viewpoints makes the post richer.)
The above points don't seem to be covered in the new Code. Maybe we need some discussion about netiquette rules to complement the Code.