Setting aside the question of whether any such code could ever be enforced, might this not be a better place if there were some written statement that people could point to, that shows at least what we might aspire to achieve, regarding the civil treatment of fellow human beings?
This comment briefly appeared on a recent post, in which the poster almost certainly unintentionally misstated the abbreviation for a unit:
"public embarrassment is more powerful than a mere correction. You are going to remember everything [sic] seeing what a fool you were a lot more than someone correcting what you think is a minor "whatever"."
Who said it doesn't matter, as much as the fact that the stack exchange system seems to draw an inordinate number of this sort of person. Personally, I don't think it ought to be part of our mission to publicly humiliate or embarrass anyone, even if said humiliation is intended as (apparently?) a well meaning pedagogical device. However the evidence suggests that some think this is a perfectly fine way to proceed. Ergo my question - what kind of people do we aspire to be here?
I do not imagine that the end result of this question could ever be anything more than a brief line or two in the FAQ, to the effect that we should try to "play nice". It may seem like stating the obvious to some, to put "play nice" in the FAQ, and in fact it seems a bit that way to me, even. However, people can become overly obsessed with technical one-upmanship and rep points, and lose sight of the obvious. I only raise the question thinking that perhaps it would do this community some good to reflect on the basic human interaction component of this forum once in a while.