As they say, "teach a man to fish." Not only did he make a reasonable suggestion and reminder to expand threads rather than dupe them, he also pointed out the best way to search LT in case OP didn't know. He didn't just respond with "search" as you would find on MOST forums.
I would absolutely say Lotus owners and this community are "cool and chill people," and I'm honestly surprised that you found the response to be inflammatory. It's a small community. But for those of us that frequent the site, it gets frustrating to see duped threads - consolidation makes the experience better for everyone.
is doing "God's work"