The question: Authenticating a user via SMS elicited a very interesting comment from the OP after a very new user (<20 days) suggested the question was off-topic.
I don't mean to kick a hornet's nest, but the incessant arguing on StackExchange about what is or isn't an acceptable post is mind-boggling to me. I get that we don't want people obviously trolling for opinions and instigating flame wars, but should we really be getting up in arms about a serious, productive question where a real person is getting real help about a real issue? Isn't that the whole point of this site? The rules are there to help protect that, not to get in the way.. – John Chrysostom
Whether or not he's right about this specific case, the fact that the network is eliciting this kind of rant from contributing members is not good. You see it several times a week where a new user posts a low-quality first-post, gets torn apart for it, and never comes back. Is that really how we want this community run?
Is it appropriate to refine our Off-Topic policy so that it catches fewer legitimate questions and is more friendly to first-time posters?
Is it appropriate to flag / remove overly harsh comments on first-time posts and replace them with something softer / more encouraging?