If we have a meme on this site, it's "Don't walk. Run." It is like an inside joke for the community ... but the joke might not be clear to newcomers.
If we could get past the semantic satiation for a minute, somebody quitting their real-life position and looking for employment/studies elsewhere is a serious issue and should be treated seriously.
I think it's especially problematic coming from hugely successful academics working in rock-star departments who don't know the culture in other areas and departments.
Lots of questions are coming from inexperienced researchers and typically paint a one-sided picture. Highly-upvoted comments in bold left by experienced academics telling inexperienced academics that they leave their job as soon as possible ... I sometimes find it uncomfortable.
A couple of examples of where it made me cringe:
Handling credit with advisor: a question that seems almost too simple in terms of not being the whole story. The first piece of advice isn't "have you tried talking with her?" but rather "Don't walk. Run." ... with 18 upvotes.
What to do: PI lied to me and is keeping my grant!: a difficult question that requires legal advice, not a pithy comment.
There was another example I can't find right now where a student mentioned that in their school, they require the permission of their supervisor to publish. This was met with "Don't walk. Run" from JeffE which seemed entirely inappropriate. A school guideline requiring students to clear affiliated publications with their supervisor seems pretty reasonable (if a tad distrustful) ... certainly not grounds to quit.
Anyone agree that this meme is potentially damaging? It just doesn't seem worth the risk.
Folks using this meme should have some respect for the fact that they're advising another human being to quit their job/studies ... and they should keep in mind that they are simultaneously communicating with thousands of vulnerable people from a variety of areas who see such questions and who might project themselves as being in similar situations.