Most people who post here are jerks.
No. People are only jerks to those who don’t demonstrait an advanced knowledge of OpenGL. Remember, this is the “OpenGL Coding: Advanced” forum. You are expected to demonstrait certain aptitudes in OpenGL and 3D programming to post here.
And cross posting is silly. If you post in the beginner forum, and nobody responds after a day or so, then it may be beyond the nebulous realm of “beginner” and into the land of “advanced”. But, posting both at the same time is just trying to take more than you are giving. Your question belongs in one of the two, not both.
If you don’t like someone’s post, leave them alone if you’re not willing to help.
I, for one, can’t stand it when someone doesn’t capitalize letters properly. It improves readability by an order of magnitude. However, rather than admonishing them to capitalize next time, I simply refrain from dealing with them.
However, look at it from our point of view. All of us on the advanced forum already know OpenGL. Most of us have projects that deal very deeply with OpenGL, its extensions, lighting equations, and a large collection of other topics that are completely inappropriate for the beginner. There is a forum set aside specifically for those who are still learning the basics of OpenGL.
Us advanced people get something out of answer other advanced questions; we learn more. We don’t get much out of answering beginner questions. Even having these questions on the advanced forum is a detriment to us, because it thins out the actually advanced questions. Finding a real question on a forum populated with beginner questions is simply a pain; one that we shouldn’t have to put up with.
The only way to keep this forum for advanced questions is to admonish anyone who posts beginner questions or who crossposts to not do so. If these people are simply ignored, they may resort to multiple posts of that question or bumping their topics.
Now, being a jerk to preserve the “advancedness” of this forum is perfectly legitimate (I wouldn’t even call it being a jerk; it’s just doing what is necessary). Being a jerk just because, for example, you don’t like VisualBasic and someone is trying to make an OpenGL binding for it, is an entirely different matter; that is inappropriate.
[This message has been edited by Korval (edited 03-10-2002).]