First lets establish the definition of the word respect: due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. Its come to my attention that some members of this board do NOT regard the feelings of others as any importance at all when considering a reply. This is contradictory to the point of a forum, a forums purpose is to create an environment conducive to that of being positive. Disrespect for others knowledge, however vast or limited, is in no way helpful to that end.
I fully understand some users frustrations with lazy students who would like the community to do their homework assignments for them, however, even in this situation one can still be polite and helpful to that lazy user. All that is needed is a deep breath of patience and a simple reply of “ please do not post homework assignments for others to do for you :) thank you.”
Another problem area I have noticed is when someone posts a simple question you may see a response something similar to this “ just google it”, this again is in no way shape or form helpful for anyone involved, and also defeats the purpose of a forum. As mentioned previously the purpose is to create a helpful environment that everyone will enjoy participating in. One other response may go like this, “you should just crawl into a hole and die you moron.” I fail to see how this is helpful. If someone has an honest question and you have the answer, please try to remember the following two words: HELPFUL, and RESPECTFUL. There is a difference between disrespect and constructive criticism, one in some way is actually helpful to the questioner the other is not. There is absolutely nothing gained by being sarcastic in the answer to a question. To sum it all up, if you have nothing nice to say, then dont say it at all.