Years ago, in the days before StackOverflow was a "professional" (I laughed when I read that) place to go and get and provide assistance, there was essentially one goal for SO. The founders wanted a Q&A site that would make the web a better place, especially for developers. In order to achieve that goal, it seemed as though everything boiled down to just one rule.
Simply put, "Don't be an ass"...
I've been observing some of the discussions the past few weeks and decided to raise a question about what we need to do as a community to get back to the days past where the site was more fun to use and reconnect with some older users...
As it turns out, the question I asked were essentially completely ignored. The ensuing answers and comments I think show the very bitterness I was hoping we could identify ways to move around. Rather than anything that would be constructive towards identifying ways to move forward, the responses all were negative and not one person provided an answer to the questions asked. Comment battles ensued and now the question has been closed as "not constructive".
What do we have to do as a community to reconnect with our past?
Do we even care about it?
The very feelings and emotions towards SO that I highlighted in my post standout more than ever now and the only thing that has been proven is that what I'm seeing and have been feeling are also being felt by others.
So I conclude with my final question...
What happened to the don't be an ass rule?
Is this rule still around? Is it still enforced?