I'll be honest, yesterday's blog post, The Loop #2: Understanding Site Satisfaction, Summer 2019, didn't sit well with me. So much so that I decided to comment. My comment represented the very first time I've spoken up about what I've seen going as of late on SO.
Unfortunately, my comment has been awaiting moderation since 06:17 EST on January 23rd.
I believe that we need some documented comment guidelines.
I don't like the idea that a slightly critical, but respectful comment doesn't make it through the moderator filter.
What's the end goal of the blog? Is it simply to disseminate information without critical (in the best sense of the word) interaction? Great...let us know.
It's certainly not lost on me that a comment which discusses trust issues does not get posted.
How about those comment guidelines?
Comment in question:
Recent events have made it difficult to trust the SO team. With that in mind, publishing content like this, without any information regarding how this survey was conducted, how the questions were framed, and to whom the survey was sent (and how those people were chosen), makes me seriously doubt the results.
I’ve been a member for 8 years and 8 months. I don’t have the highest rep on the site, but I’ve answered 692 questions, and have a reach of ~10.4 million people. I didn’t receive the survey, but if I did, I would have answered “Unwelcoming community” as well, but not for the reason(s) that this post is indicating.
As a long-time contributor, I feel unwelcome by leadership. The tremendous effort and care that we as a community have invested to make SO successful almost seems despised by the current regime. From the outside looking in, SO appears to be imploding, and the destruction is blamed on an “unwelcoming community” and “over-moderation” instead of poor leadership decisions. Odd, isn’t it, that the unwelcoming community that’s being vilified is what made SO what it is today?