I'm wondering about what our rules are (or should be) regarding tone of comments. Sometimes comments can be made that aren't outright rude, per se. That is, they don't insult people directly or call people names, but they do have an unfriendly air that could be interpreted as hostile. I won't point out any specific comments, but I'll try to make an example that I think demonstrates this.
Q: I'm trying to attach my wuzzit to my widget, but I can't figure out how to do it. Please help!
Comment: Any true widget enthusiast would know that you can't attach a wuzzit without a wozzle sidepiece. It is foolish to try otherwise.
This example may not be the best for a variety of answers but please bear with me. In this hypothetical the comment isn't really explicitly bad. It even offers information helpful to the problem. But would a comment like this be considered against the rules? I'm not as concerned about hurt feelings as I am about presenting an image to potential site users that we are unwelcoming to people who are new to Japanese or have a lower level in general. It would be a shame if people were afraid to ask questions for fear of being derided.
In our rules is included the entry "be nice:"
Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you because we’re all here to learn, together. Be tolerant of others who may not know everything you know, and bring your sense of humor.
Where do we draw this line? Should comments that display any hint of not-niceness be flagged? Or is actually going as far as moderating comments reserved for more flagrant violations?