I try to avoid topics like these, because topics with titles that begin with “Why” are rarely constructive. They’re essentially the forum version of “When did you stop beating your wife?” It starts the conversation off with a conclusion, in this case that Atom is “so slow”, and often puts anyone who replies to it on the defensive.
Now, I don’t feel like @sryze was doing this because they actually concentrated on a specific performance scenario, startup time, which is something that people can have a constructive conversation about. But there are other examples scattered throughout the forum and whether or not the original poster had good intentions … the inflammatory topic title often invites non-constructive replies from both sides of an opinion. Even if the topic is guided back to being constructive and eventually runs its natural course, unless it is closed it is often resurrected later by someone with a bone to pick and the cycle begins all over again.
And I feel like even the more subtle titles like Why CoffeeScript? are examples of a style of writing that one of my early bosses and mentors called “the silent ‘idiot’” (though in more colorful terms). She said that I needed to curb my tendency to write emails that “had a silent ‘idiot’ after every period”
I’ve thought about this a lot over the last couple days and I’m wondering what other people think. Should we have a policy about inflammatory titles of this form, citing the Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree section of the FAQ? Or is it an issue that just comes from people having strong opinions and having discussions around those opinions and can’t be avoided … only managed?