I am not sure if there is a fool-proof angst-o-meter for SE yet, but the way new users with low reputation are treated can serve as a facsimile.
My last three questions were roller-coaster rides. Two of the three were met with answers that were then deleted and followed by close votes by the individual who withdrew their answer. I've asked nearly a thousand questions in stackexchange, and I've only seen this happen three times total.
My most recent question (where this happened) also shows two up votes, and my score is 19. This means five up votes and three down votes.
On the meta question My question is not so well received, why? , two active users here nearly simultaneously posted answers and fired off further comments directed at me under each others questions, while simultaneously posting comments directed to me under my original question. It turns out I had given links to three high quality answers here in English SE for a definition of a term, instead of pasting the definition explicitly, and apparently this is not considered best practice here. A single, simple helpful comment could have cleared that up, rather than the barrage of (now deleted) comments I received under the original question.
Based on my experience, asking questions here is painful and angsty for new users, but that's just my perspective. It seems like there are nice people (remember "be nice"?) and mean people. Pardon my use of child-like terms, but they fit. So angsty and factionated.
Is this only my impression, or has there been some other recognition and discussion of this potential problem?