I've been using StackOverflow since the beta. As you'll see if you look at my profile I don't have a huge rep, and morally I guess I should have answered more questions by now, but frankly the world is so keen on answering C# questions especially that they're mostly gone before I get the chance.
Anyway the point is that I'm a long-time SO user who has keenly followed its progress; I used to listen to the podcast and I think I understand the philosophies behind it.
Now, while I still find it immensely useful, it's at the point where the so-pervasive moderation just leaves me feeling unwelcome and like there are hoards of awful literal-minded jobsworths cruising the site just looking for the slightest reason to close a question down.
What's more, when I searched meta looking for others that might have expressed the same concerns as me, any that had had been massively downvoted, adding to my feeling that the active and engaged part of the community can't deal with any criticism.
Clearly I need to give examples at this point. Well the question that led me here was this one https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8639591/modifying-headers-on-chrome. I checked the FAQ and that question clearly meets the criterion that it is about "software tools commonly used by programmers". It is also answerable, and indeed has been answered, very usefully for me. But it's been closed as Off Topic by 5 users! Why??
The other one that springs to mind was an old question of mine that someone had removed the word "Thanks" from the bottom of the question. Now I understand why you don't want each question to be full of noise, but really, the word "thanks". Why bother editing it? It benefits noone but just leaves me feeling (very) slightly violated and unwelcome.
Perhaps I'm overreacting somewhat, but I do find that SO is becoming a home for (often incorrect) pedants and nitpickers rather than the rich resource it was and should still be.