I posted a question I had (Suck er vs suck-up right here.) and you guys put the question on hold as off-topic just because it had the word "sucker". Why is everyone so offended on this forum? I asked whether a "suck up" could also be called a sucker since they are "sucking up".
Yes, we are for real. We also expect people asking questions to do some research before they ask their questions, and to share the results of that research when they ask their questions.
When this doesn’t happen, people can waste time composing answers that the OP already knows.
We have another user who went through the same thing you did: asking scant questions early on, and then learning how sharing a little bit of research goes a long way.
Here is one of that user’s early questions:
What's the meaning of “The wind had been knocked out of me”?
Could you please explain meaning of the phrase generally and meaning of "wind" in this case.
My back struck iron: the trailer’s wall. My feet snapped over my head and I continued my graceless plunge to the ground. The first fall was seven or eight feet, the second perhaps ten. I was relieved to taste dirt. I lay on my back for perhaps fifteen seconds before the engine growled to silence and I heard Dad’s heavy step. “What happened?” he said, kneeling next to me. “I fell out,” I wheezed. The wind had been knocked out of me, and there was a powerful throbbing in my back, as if I’d been cut in two.
That question was closed, and the user was informed:
You may have not known this was an idiomatic expression, but you should at least share what research you did do, so that we know you at least made an earnest effort before asking.
Go forward several months. One of that same user’s more recent questions reads:
What does “they got their money” mean?
...corporations whose principals told exciting stories to Wall Street, they all got their money.
There's some defenitions for the phrase "get your money's worth" in online dictionaries but I couldn't find any defenition or meaning for "they got their money".
So could you please explain it to me?
Does it mean the shares of corporations whose principals told exciting stories were traded better on Wall Street?
The full text is here:
When people ask me to help them turn their presentations into stories, I begin by asking questions. I kind of psychoanalyze their companies, and amazing dramas pour out. But most companies and executives sweep the dirty laundry, the diffi culties, the antagonists, and the struggle under the carpet. They prefer to present a rosy—and boring— picture to the world. But as a storyteller, you want to position the problems in the foreground and then show how you’ve overcome them. When you tell the story of your struggles against real antagonists, your audience sees you as an exciting, dynamic person. And I know that the storytelling method works, because after I consulted with a dozen corporations whose principals told exciting stories to Wall Street, they all got their money.
This time, the question got upvotes, answers, and no close votes.
The newer question not only assures everyone that some research was done, it also informs everyone about the direction that research went. It’s only a few additional sentences, but that extra information makes a world of difference in how the question is perceived and received.
At the time your question was closed, it simply read:
Suck er vs suck-up
Can anyone explain the difference between the words "sucker" vs "suck-up" is someone who's always sucking up to somebody also a sucker?
I don’t see any problem with the words sucker or suck-up, but there was no evidence that you’ve even looked these words up to learn what they mean. If you have looked them up, tell us what you found, and then we will better understand why you are still confused. If you have not looked them up, well, start with that, and maybe the dictionary can answer your question without our help.
I’m confident that you can catch on much like that other user has. I’m pleased to report that that user now has 3 gold “Famous Question” badges.