And I hope that last sentence about Computer Science drones was a joke. I pray it was. I'll assume it was.
Actually, I'd say that there's some truth to it. It applies to more than just computer science, too. If all you can talk about is your field, then the only people who will want to talk to you will be in your field and (by definition) the only conversation you'll get will be related to your field. If all you can talk about is your field, I can guarantee that other people will have a lot of difficulty relating to you. Some people might prefer this state of being, of course. I know very few people for whom that is the case. I know even fewer people for whom the idea of socially interacting with such "drones" is a palatable one.
How about instead of classifying his post, disrespecting him, and tossing it to the side, you offer an opinion that's actually of some worth?
Perhaps you've noticed that pointing out problems with another person's ideas is not considered disrespectful here. Perhaps you've noticed that this is a technical forum. Perhaps you've noticed that the entire purpose of (most) technical forums revolves around pointing out problems with other people's ideas in order to help them. This is not a place where we pat each other on the back just for having an opinion. If you post an opinion here, you should expect that someone will eventually point out a problem with your opinion. That's what we do.
Personally, I'm of the opinion that posts that seem like teenage-level whining should be called out as such, so I don't blame people for doing just that if they make such a judgement. I'm sure many of us have had similar feelings to those OP expresses. I'm likewise sure that most of said people have had those feelings called out as detrimental to one's personal growth by our elders, our peers, or even those more junior than us. Personally, I welcome such calling out as useful to clarifying my own self-perception. I would rather have the entire internet tell me that my way of thinking is unhelpful - and therefore be aware of the fact and able to contemplate how to correct it - than remain unaware and potentially fuck myself over later in life.
Anyone who sits behind their keyboard and says stuff like "Well if you don't like college, don't go" is sucking on some strong alcohol.
Not really. College is not yet a mandatory aspect of one's education. It is also the case that not everyone has the mindset to both succeed in and enjoy college/university. Furthermore, For all activities (and college is no different), one may ask the following question: if you don't enjoy what you're doing, cannot deduce that what you're doing is good for you, and it isn't mandatory, then why are you doing it?
The kid has a right to complain about stuff he doesn't like.
And we have just as much of a right to point out that his complaints are both futile and based on a mindset which is unlikely to be helpful to him. ;)
If you had the same opinion he did when you were his age, why are you doing exactly what everyone else did to you?
I did, and therefore I can say something about the matter, and I say this: we do this because we have come to perceive what "everyone else did to us" was good for us. You make it sound like pointing out that a mindset is unhelpful to one's personal growth is some form of bullying or torture. Where did you get such an idea?
Why don't you relate with him and help him with your experience,
It looks to me like that's what's been happening in this thread.
Maybe because then you wouldn't have the fun job of just piling on a guy, post after post, joining the horde of "You don't know anything, young blood. You just so stupid and young and oooh."
I'm no longer certain that you and I are reading the same thread.
Edited by Oberon_Command, 27 January 2013 - 01:22 PM.