Why are so many programmers arrogant?

I seriously don't get it. I am a programmer myself, but whenever I'm having an issue with my code and need help and enter an IRC help channel, everyone is so rude and just acts like if I don't know the answer to my question already, I'm stupid. I typically avoid these channels unless I'm... show more I seriously don't get it. I am a programmer myself, but whenever I'm having an issue with my code and need help and enter an IRC help channel, everyone is so rude and just acts like if I don't know the answer to my question already, I'm stupid.

I typically avoid these channels unless I'm extremely desperate because the people are always so mean and aren't there to help but rather to show off their alleged knowledge.

Why the heck are so many programmers like this?
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