Are these boards social, or purely technical? I have concluded that it’s kosher to think of asking here as a little bit like asking a friend. Maybe I should rethink that?
Nothing involving human interaction is purely technical. Thank God, that would be very boring. Yes, do rethink that. One might reasonably expect ones friends to try and help or at least listen. We out here don't know you from Adam, you don't know us and are not your friends. Why would expect such an intimate interaction?
It’s definitely elitist, by my definition, to divide the world into “losers” and not. It’s a horrible word, used by horrible people, ultimately identifying the user as deserving to be placed into their own negative category (if I may be so elitist).
I agree. But I was wondering when I ever saw that happen here. Turns out I never did. It's all in your mind.
Turns out you are referring to a blog post by Eric Raymond. Sure he comes over as elitist and arrogant. That's OK. His advice regarding asking questions is sound anyway. Besides the context of what he is talking about is different than a discussion of questions on an educational forum.
...when something is free, it is worth about what you pay for it.
On the contrary. With the vast ocean of Free and Open Source software we have today, with the masses of documentation, articles, blogs, forums etc around it we have, I'm very sure that what we get out, as individuals and companies, is worth far more than any of us will ever "pay" for it.
Even in this little corner of the net, the Pi forum, I offer help to others when I can. For sure I have got more out of this forum and the Pi world than I have put in.
And no, there is nothing "elitist" about asking a poster to explain their problem more clearly or asking for more information about what it is they are trying to, how they tried to do it, and what happened.
Memory in C++ is a leaky abstraction .