This question is short and to the point. Did I not show off how much I know enough? Why the drive-by do you even know what you are talking about? comment?

In most SE sites clear, concise questions are welcome. How could I have written this question differently to have avoided being asked "So have you watched all three movies?" When asking questions about series' of films, is it necessary state "I have seen all of them"?

This kind of drive-by maybe you are not smart enough to be asking questions here comment is common in stackoverflow and I understand that old habits are hard to unlearn, but most of the less frantic sites are generally accepting to a wide range of questions and "skill levels". What ever happened to "be nice"?

When one has low rep in a new site, the silent downvotes without helpful comments just sting. This is not productive. Besides I just plopped a fifty on this question today, ouch!

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    First off, you only got 1 downvote (most likely from @Paulie_D) so it wasn't that bad. Second off, downvoting isn't "not being nice": it isn't a reflection on you, simply on the question. That can be the content of the question or simply the wording. Finally, no-one has ever said "you aren't smart enough to ask questions here". However, when you join a site, it can be difficult to discover what a good question and everyone will have one question which got downvoted. It's the nature of SE. Commented May 6, 2017 at 21:39
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    @user00001 Thanks. I have some experience joining new SEs. There were at least two down votes that came within the span of an hour, and since the Americas were just starting to wake up and log in with Europe following shortly thereafter, I was concerned about a runaway drive-by down-vote effect. It really happens, especially to OP's with few posts and very low rep, so there is some pressure to feel "protective" in the beginning - perhaps overly so in this case. What increased my concern was the lack of any constructive comments how to improve the question. OK live and learn!
    – uhoh
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 3:04

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The "offending" part of the question (if you will), which led to my comment, was..

Did this go anywhere in the plot, or as the entire three-film series continued, did Nancy Pierpan remain a coincidental neighbor and learn the tradecraft from Worricker as time went on?

There is nothing in the question which indicates that you have watched all three movies to explain your confusion...indeed, it's easily inferred that you haven't, hence the question I asked.

For that reason, it's attracted downvotes, presumably as "does not show any research"....because you haven't stated one way or another that you have seen all three movies.

On the other hand, thanks for turning me on to these movies. I will be watching them and hope to provide an answer...now that you have clarified.

  • OK, thanks for the feedback! Every SE is different and often takes some getting used to, luckily we have the metas. I'll try to "find my film voice" here.
    – uhoh
    Commented May 6, 2017 at 16:24

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