First of all, I want to say that what I am about to say represents only my own personal opinions and shouldn’t be viewed as anything more.
Yes, to some extent I agree with this. We encourage people to ask questions which can certainly have the potential to lead to someone having no filter and asking endless questions. However, in practice, I haven’t seen it to be a recurring problematic issue in the time I have been here.
If you believe this, you are missing the point. It isn’t that we are trying to be the opposite of elitist. We simply want to be friendly and welcoming to everyone as much as possible. The idea that people should be helped first and questioned second is one core component to delivering on that philosophy.
Again, I agree with this. On the other hand, we can’t be everything to all people. If someone would prefer to be in a place where new users are encouraged to grow through independent development instead of hand-holding, this may be the wrong spot for them.
Of course, I think there is a compromise here that would hopefully accommodate as many people as possible. That is that nobody here is required to help anyone else. If someone doesn’t want to provide support to someone for any reason, they don’t have to. The key is, instead of jumping into those topics in a snarky or sarcastic way, they should simply ignore them and participate in the topics they do want to be part of.
That may mean that after enough questions an individual stops getting help from a significant portion of the forum members but I think that is OK too. Personally, I would rather see a question go unanswered than see the requestor attacked for asking a question.
All that being said, there has to be a limit and almost any philosophy is problematic if taken to extreme lengths. In this case, we have someone in less that two weeks who has created 39 help topics some of which contain multiple questions. Objectively, that seems pretty extreme.
The problem for me is that it is hard to tell the difference between a person who isn’t making an effort to help themselves and a person who needs a little extra help to get started. In the end, 13 days on the forum and probably less than that actually running EndeavourOS is still very new.