I’ve posted bugs on this website in the past, and the result is always uncooperative and unproductive. Usually a workaround and/or a link to the FAQ is posted as a comment or answer, and then the community redefines the posting as a “support question” and removes the “bug” tag.
Most of the bugs I post are usability bugs. These are especially vulnerable to this problem because the community consists mostly of hardcore coders, who are all too quick to misdiagnose a usability bug as “user is dumb”, which leads them to reclassify bugreports incorrectly. Every time a particular usability bug is raised, the “answer” is a link to the FAQ — which completely misses the point. The usability bug stays, user after user posts about the same problem again and again, and the community is hardened in their judgement that “users are dumb”.
A usability bug is a usability bug irrespective of the existence of a workaround that might work for people who already know it and who are dedicated enough to learn and remember it. That is a very small proportion of users. Most users are not dumb, but they are either new or don’t use the site every day or have other worries in their lives. The point in UI design is that the software should be usable by someone who isn’t already an expert in the specific software itself and who doesn’t have time to read pages upon pages of manuals and FAQs and remember all of it.
In summary, Meta Stack Overflow does not provide any way for individual users to make developers aware of a problem. The user community works to shrug problems off even when the posted workaround is unusable and/or undiscoverable, and the posting is marked “closed” for supposedly being answered, while the actual bug still exists and remains unfixed. From the point of view of the person reporting the usability bug, it’s like I’m talking to a wall.
Stack Overflow needs a communication channel to the developers that doesn’t go through an unforgiving community that acts like a wall. Users need the ability to argue that their bugreport is a bug, and not see their postings closed and dismissed with no realistic opportunity for recourse. Users need an opportunity to make suggestions that will be seen by a reasonable developer who appreciates the concept of UI design, where there is no opportunity (or at least not as much of an opportunity) for a community of usability non-experts to close or reclassify postings and completely prevent developers from seeing the suggestion.