Is fascist the new Godwin?
Also, its origins come from the Roman fasces. The bundle of sticks is meant to symbolize strength through unity - one stick is easy to break, but the bundle is not. Often there was also an axe bundled in with the sticks, symbolizing the strength of the Roman republic as backed by the people. It was a popular Roman symbol that got scooped up by Mussolini. /pedantic
Seriously, this thread is a little ridiculous.
Point one: People don't play games the exact same way you do. Shock, horror, amazement. You're not the gaming police, as much as you want to think you are.
Point two: We play games to have fun. Spending 2 hours going around in circles is, for many people, not fun. Some people can stick it out and figure out the solution. Some people, like me, just get really frustrated. Guess which solves the frustration? A nudge in the right direction from (ta da) the hint forum.
Yes, I spent the first 3 hours of my gaming time going around and around with Morgan LeFlay because I thought that the inventory couldn't be accessed because I was looking for it in the wrong place. Am I stupid? Yes. Was I frustrated? Very. Would it have been solved by a hint saying "use the hook"? YES.
There are tons of legitimate reasons to ask for a hint - you just haven't thought of them yet.
Also, if you really thought Telltale did not want to encourage all players, even ones who need hints, would they really set up a (mirabile dictu!) HINT FORUM? Telltale wants people to have fun playing their games. Fun means not being frustrated. See point #2.
If you don't like the hint forum, here's a radical idea: stay out of it.
Then you can look down your nose at the people who "cheated through the game" all you want on other forums, I'm sure. I'll go back to being a stupid pleb with my hints over here.