I would like to comment on Stack Overflow isn't very welcoming, by Mister Hanlon.

I assume they would appreciate discussion because they feature this blog post very prominently to me. And they talk extensively about the need to be very open and for everybody to be able to participate not just the elite. But even though there is a comment section I haven't been able to find a way to participate in the dialogue like I assume they wish me to.

Is this a bug or something?

  • It's possible that commenting is disabled on it. They will do that sometimes, though there's usually a notice saying so when they do.
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:15
  • This doesn't appear to be a dialogue. It appears to be a message.
    – Richard
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:31
  • 2
    There's some discussion going on at meta Stack Overflow. Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:33
  • @JonEricson - Which is lovely, but some of us don't have SO accounts.
    – Richard
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:41
  • 2
    @Richard: I believe you can still read meta without an account. ;-) In any case, nothing says someone can't post a question about the blog post right here. Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:42
  • 2
    @JonEricson - I'm struggling with this one. The concept seems to be "Y'all have a problem and y'all are the problem" without any sort of introspection on the part of the Community Managers who actually run the site. Perhaps some of y'all could also be nicer?
    – Richard
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:43
  • @Richard: I can see that. I've been writing about this for about a week, but haven't posted my thoughts yet. (Partially because there are pressing problems on other sites.) You might be interested in what I wrote last month. Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 22:47
  • 2
    You can even participate on MSO if you just create an account (you can't downvote but the association bonus is all you need to vote, answer and comment). It's easy enough to delete later.
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 23:00

2 Answers 2


Locking comments on the blog is the rule, though occasionally at the post author's request we open them up.

If you want to have a conversation with SO/SE folks then meta is your best bet. If you want to have a broader conversation then Medium is the place for you since Jay cross-posted there.

  • 2
    Then why have a heading for a nonexistent "comments" section? Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:43
  • @SonicWizard #wordpress?
    – Joe Friend
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:47
  • Really? What the heck is there to down vote here?
    – Joe Friend
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:53
  • 6
    I have to guess, but I'd say that they're downvoting because they don't like this policy. But, moderating comments on Wordpress is significantly more of a headache than it is on Meta, so I think that it makes sense to close them down or to give an alternate like Medium.
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:59
  • You guys no longer use Disqus for comments? Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 17:11
  • @SonicWizard Nope
    – Joe Friend
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 17:56
  • 2
    A simple idea, for each blog post their could be a q/a with a discussion & blog tag on MSO, with the link in the article to follow.
    – yagmoth555
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 20:07
  • I think its the fact that there's no "in band" method of feedback. Sure, we can and do meta, but some days, we aren't sure who's listening. (I mean, team DAG gives great feedback, but that's not always true of the wider corporate body). That, some folks just want to downvote everything, or Tim Post's keys got lost again. As you can tell, meta is strange. Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 22:41
  • 1
    @JourneymanGeek Got it. I'll defend our decision as will most anyone who has owned a blog for more than a few minutes and addressed any difficult topic. My personal perspective is the blog comments are frequently a cesspool. Forcing people to respond on their blog or somewhere else frequently causes people to think about their response more carefully. That's not company policy, just my 2 cents.
    – Joe Friend
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 22:44
  • Oh, I'd accept that. I get minor amounts of abuse on mine. FWIW, I get the policy and didn't vote either way here. But if you're wondering about downvotes here.. well ^^^ that's probably why. Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 22:49
  • On the three articles linked to the article in question there are comments so that 'rule' seems to be awfully selectively applied...
    – A D
    Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 21:47

I think enabling comments on that blog post would lead to a long and convoluted discussion.

The topic being discussed is clearly thorny and everyone is likely to have an opinion on it.

I encourage you to participate by taking the one minute survey that the blog post offers as the entry point for beginning to let Stack Overflow know what you think may not be working with its welcome to new users, and what you think is.

By collecting initial feedback systematically via the very short survey, which has a free format field for the comment you would like to make at the end, will enable those charged with addressing welcoming issues to take stock of the current status.

  • 4
    Not to put too fine a point on this but... When I saw the one minute survey, I kinda had to laugh. Such a "corporate" gesture. I summarily ignore such surveys.
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 23:00
  • 7
    What's that you say? SE is ensuring high-quality, non-opinionated content by using upfront technical and cultural measures to make it harder for folks to post stuff that probably wouldn't be very good? Nah. Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 23:11
  • @NathanTuggy there's a field where opinionated content can be included at the survey's end.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 23:15
  • 9
    @PolyGeo: Yes, that's what I said. "Here, after we've finished laying down a guilt-trip, send us a private message. Probably someone will read it, run some misleading statistics on it, and then report a skewed version of the results in the next blog post about this." Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 23:20
  • @NathanTuggy I guess I trust Stack Overflow to read my survey submission and to take some account of the free format text that I included. I see that as the start of the discussion that the survey offers via one of three means.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 2:31
  • 2
    @PolyGeo: Normally, I might as well, but that blog post really set my teeth on edge. Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 2:35
  • 1
    @NathanTuggy I felt comments on that blog post would lead to a lot more "you're doing everything wrong" comments to people like us rather than "you're doing most things right, but here's where we might be able to improve a few things" comments.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 8:27

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .