I sometimes post brief answers because I'm in a hurry, or because I'm not certain what the OP wants and I hope a quick reply will encourage the OP to provide more detail. I never use them to punish people who have difficulty making sense of the documentation. We've all been there!
Because your expertise is precious, I cut you a lot of slack when you are rude on the forums. (Not that I have any power to silence you.) But this time you “crossed a line” and I spoke up.
Paul, when you get frustrated with an OP, you can say so, or you can just ignore the OP and hope s/he goes away. But speculating that the rest of us are fed up with the OP and publicly presenting your speculation as fact is not “helpful”.
If you read back through the thread… you will see that you are not the only person who responded. You were the nicest of the short responses and that’s as far as I’ll go without being specific.
Anyway, I’m not even sure how to offer advice to people on how to ask good questions anymore. Even when I try to be nice about it then people think I’m being rude. I read the responses as being “short and rude” and I know better in some cases… but OP is new and might not have known better. Especially with some of the obviously ruder follow-ups. All in context, it seemed a little heavy handed to me… the irony is not lost on me.
But OP essentially asks “How can I make my eyes look at an object” and gets two one line answers, no links, with “lookAt()” basically followed by a response questioning the question itself. Then OP finally follows up with the missing information that would have led us all to believe that he actually had already known about lookAt() and had a deeper question…
So I gave a complete answer with documentation references, things to look for, etc. that will lead OP to the full answer to his question (mostly unasked originally) and try to help him ask a better question next time.
On this forum, I give almost the exact same responses so many times. Sometimes people see them as rude. Sometimes people +1 me, thank me, and get on with their business. When people take the time not to waste our collective time then I take the time to answer in kind. And yes, to those few folks who walk in already with a sense of entitlement then it will depend on my mood.
But really, I’ve gotten flak for posting Java doc links before. So with one-line responses, expect to be joining this ‘rude’ club soon. We all end up on the dark side eventually.