The Loop is a joke. Or, at least, it is obviously not a request for feedback. There's one broad, vague, multiple-choice thing about "how satisfied are you" with answers ranging from "extremely satisfied" to "extremely dissatisfied". This isn't real feedback, it's a Buzzfeed quiz. But fine, say that might give them an idea of how the people who bother to answer that feel. Of course, those who bother to answer are probably going to be the more active users anyway (cause why would you bother, otherwise?) and if SE doesn't know a large part of the active user base is Extremely Dissatisfied by now, I give up.
Then, there are two places for "feedback" in that mini-survey: two tiny text-boxes, one asking "what do you like about SO" and one asking "what do you not like". That's no place for any real level of feedback. They're obviously not asking for considered, well-structured feedback, they want some blurb.
Now, to be fair, Meta is a great place for considered, well-structured feedback, but of late it has instead been filled with vitriol and attacks. So this isn't good either and that's on us, not SE. But replacing this with two tiny text boxes with no support for formatting, no links, no real space to express yourself, that is a clear indication that the company doesn't actually want any feedback at all. I mean, seriously, look at this thing (sorry it's so faint, that's how it appears when you don't have a question focused):
That's the level of feedback you want? One vague answer and two boxes that seem to have been designed to make sure nobody actually writes anything long enough to be useful?
And, of course, the whole thing is focused entirely on SO, completely ignoring the rest of the network. The blog post even goes as far as equating "users" with "developers". When they talk about how they will ask for "feedback" from "the community", they say (emphasis mine):
That’s why we’re creating a working group of users made up of people from all corners of the developer community — from folks new to programming, those who don’t participate in Stack Overflow but are passionate about programming, experienced Stack Overflow users, frequent contributors, and more.
So what I got from the blog post + survey link is:
- SE really don't want feedback but want to look as though they do.
- SE really don't care about anything apart from SO, to the point that even the marketing blurb on the blog that tries to focus on the community only sees SO.
Now, I get that SO is what puts money on the table and is the largest site by a few orders of magnitude, so of course it will always be getting more attention. But really, you claim you're trying to fix the disconnect with the community and yet, you focus on developers only and give us that joke of a survey as a way of showing how our voice matters?
While I didn't boycott the survey, I did give feedback that was as useful as the survey allowed me to make it (so, useless), I do feel it was a waste of my time and there's no point in doing it at all. So yeah, don't boycott it, but don't think it is anything useful either.