Don't be such an arse
It almost goes without saying that in general I am a huge fan of this community. Since joining just under a year ago I have had the pleasure of dealing with some incredibly helpful people who in some cases have gone out of their way to assist me. Basically, my experience of this site has been fantastic. And that’s why it so royally pisses me off when I see new members, still getting their first taste of this place, getting treated like crap. To be clear, this rant is aimed at one very specific member (who I obviously won’t name but who, if they read this, will hopefully know I’m talking about them) and is certainly not to be taken as an indictment of the community as a whole.
The whole story of what happened is too long to tell but it basically boils down to one member making an applicant (fresh from his accepted introduction) repeatedly jump through hoops in order to get a common-as-muck invite, without once ever trying to explain to the guy what he was doing wrong.
My message to that inviter is this: Don’t be such an arse. You are no better than a child who pulls the legs off of a spider so that he can watch it squirming around helplessly. In fact you are worse. As a grown adult you should know better. Having “high standards” does not excuse arrogance, pomposity, or a dismissive attitude. If you want to flaunt your little man complex go and become tracker staff somewhere (it’s pretty much in the job spec at a few places I could mention). This is not the place to be waggling your e-peen around, and waggling it in the face of people who have 3 posts to their name just makes you look like a burke.
My message to everyone else: Remember that everyone was a newbie once, and there’s a lot to take in when you join here. So if you know better, then just be helpful where you can, explanatory where there’s a need, and leave the tyrannical bullshit for elsewhere.