I’ve just posted my Stack of the Stack blog post for Q2 . I cover the Prosus announcement and address questions you’ve raised about what this means for Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange. I also share what the team has been working on over the past quarter. I welcome your thoughts and feedback.
In my one and half years at Stack Overflow, we have never discussed putting a paywall in front of the content that the community has created and curated over many years. We have no intention of ever doing this and understand just how damaging this would be for everyone.
Where are the questions?!
This is the home page as it currently stands. The design has been modified slightly over the past year or so (this is what it used to look like), but all of the designs for the past several years have had one thing in common: there is no evidence of free public Q&A anywhere on that page. None of the questions or answers are visible anywhere. Just a bunch of marketing.
This is what people mean when they say "paywall". There's a wall in front of the content. It seems to want you to pay. Or at least create an account before you are allowed to participate. (And, as we all know on the modern Internet, you are the payment. Specifically, your data.) So, yes, this is a paywall. This is precisely what people hate. You already have a paywall.
For reference, this is what it used to look like:
Note that there are at least two things there:
- An "ad" banner of sorts, describing what Stack Overflow is, how it works, and how to sign up.
- A list of programming questions, freely visible and accessible.
Both of those things are important; neither overshadows the other. This is what people mean when they think of a site without a paywall.
The ship has already sailed, Teresa. You can call it back into port. Will you?
The CM role's been open a while - I'm pretty sure it's been a fair bit more than a month. In my tradition of asking about CM hires: What're the main blockers in actually finding the right people for the role?
I've been attentive to the product changes the company has been making under the new management (as certainly many of the readers). One thing I seemed to notice is the quarterly roadmaps prioritizing followed the survey results published in "Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening" on November 25, 2019. (Which were also summarized by Aaron Hall.)
The outdated answers, downvote survey, improving the review queues - which are still ongoing - seem to have been following the main concerns the community had expressed. (The graphic is included below for ease of reading).
Does the company, at this time, have a rough estimate (in terms of quarters) of when another survey will be conducted reflecting the many developments and changes since late 2019?