The new Stack Overflow CEO has started interacting directly with the community. There was a blog, a podcast, and even some direct responses to user questions. Those are all great starts, but one of my main takeaways from it is that Prashanth is sterotypical boss. Here are some examples:
Scripting the Future of Stack Overflow
What does this even mean? The title of the blog post
As we enter a new decade, there are tremendous forces converging—cloud computing, big data, AI, ML, and an increasingly diverse group of young coders from around the world.
This sentence is packed full of mostly unrelated buzzwords. From the opening line of the blog post
My style is to show, not tell, and I wanted you all to be the first to know when I shared a vision with our larger community.
You say that, but literally all that's happened so far is talk. From the question on MSE opening the discussion
Now I get it, buzzwords have their uses. I also sometimes need to talk to senior stakeholders who don't really know any details and just want the big picture. This type of language is great with them. But we are not those senior stakeholders. We are tired of the corporate PR language that SO has been pedaling our way for a while (e.g. the first apology, the second apology, the third apology, etc).
So my request to you is: when you communicate with us, please be direct, clear and jargon-free. Talk to us as you would talk to a peer. I think this is especially important in this period of "show don't tell" and "trust rebuilding"; if the words you say make it sound like you can wriggle out of anything, I won't put much stock into them.
I also want to be clear that your communication is greatly appreciated. These steps are positive. This post is meant to help you improve your communications with us, not to be another tally in the 'meta users are toxic' list.