I'll admit it, I have not been very active on SO for the past 18 months. In part due to having other things that I have to get done and also in part due to the decline of feeling good about spending time on the site. When I first started using SO, for me it was about getting help on a project I was working on. I then started answering questions and like many really enjoyed answering as many questions as I could. I felt good about trying to help others, watching that rep go up, and then feeling like I knew my $%^#.
Well things seemed to have changed significantly since then. For me, SO is no longer fun. I don't enjoy seeking help on this site. I also don't enjoy trying to answer other folks questions. Why? I think for many of the reasons that the moderators are taking so much heat now. Questions and answers of mine were being dismissed left and right, while other "popular' questions that were certainly not on topic continued to linger.
Obviously things have changed in part due to the size of the community, however things seemed to have gotten worse...
For me, SO used to be fun. SO used to be a great community to banter with other geeks. SO used to be my favorite resource. Why can't we simply put our energy into trying to connect with our past and what made the site so fantastic for those early users?
What do we have to do as a community to reconnect with our past?
Do we even care about it?
The infighting has go to stop as it makes the site even less fun to be around.