in reply to
How to appear like an arrogant buffoon.
in thread How to ask questions the smart way.
Sounds to me like he is asking people to do some basic research first before asking questions, and to supply as much details as possible. This is perfectly reasonable.
I may have got a different impression than you did, but I didn't see this as arrogant. Maybe exasperated, but bear in mind that ESR and other hackers don't get paid for answering questions - they're entitled to be pissed off when seekers are lazy (and waste their time as a result).
Yes - he is preaching to the choir but this is still a good link to point newbies at. Especially ones who don't grok the culture.
"The future will be better tomorrow."
... from the collected wisdom of George W Bush.