Adam Davis asked: As the site has grown the community has chosen to become more exclusionary in their approach to poor questions. Do you see the site as more or less approachable, and more or less fun than when you started? Is the current level of exclusion and fun appropriate, or do you feel it would be good to nudge it in one direction or another?
Neal answered: Yes, it has become much more serious than even one year ago. I am not sure what one mod can do about that, but I can try.
kiamlaluno answered: It is as fun as it was before. Poor questions don't make the site funnier.
casperOne answered: I don't think exclusion of someone who genuinely wants to participate and be part of our community in any form is acceptable. I don't like how SO is becoming more exclusionary. We can change that however, with better approaches towards those that we feel "shouldn't" be here to make them valued members of the community.
Barry answered: It is less forgiving than it used to be. I think it needs to cut some people some slack - especially new users. A gentle nudge in the right direction (FAQ, editing questions/answers) not just straight closing everything. If posts get closed yes they can be reopened but I don't feel it's immediately clear to new users.
Brad Larson answered: At the risk of being a spoilsport, the primary mission of Stack Overflow is not to have fun, but to help people find solutions to their problems. There are plenty of outlets for jokes, cartoons, etc. on the Internet, and Stack Overflow doesn't need to be another one. I think the recent quality filters and other improvements have done a great job in managing incoming content quality.
Stu Thompson answered: It's not as fun as it used to be when I started, but those days where filled with self-selected interested coders who were exploring a new land of J&J's creation. Now the that the roads are not only defined, but pathed with ample sign posts, the community needs everyone to accept the now formalized rules of the road. All this development has given SO users outlets for their 'fun' needs, including a sandbox for the kids (chat).
awoodland answered: I don't think it's any less approachable for users who ask good questions (they're still well received). I think it might be less approachable to users who don't ask good question - the key thing here is that they're fed appropriate constructive advice. Good questions are fun questions in my view - "fix this code I've not shown you" or "do my job for me" aren't fun.
awoodland continued: I think the appropriate direction to take would be better feedback in the case of well intentioned, but poorly executed questions (and answers) from new users.