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The initial announcement blog article titled "The Loop", listing the preparation work and next steps planned by SE Inc.

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What about the community is "toxic" to new users?

In Chapter #2 of The Loop, the following graph is being shown: The blog post states the following as explanation for what it defines as "unwelcoming": Unwelcoming community (10.6% of responses):...
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What is the difference between Stack Exchange users and customers?

A quote from the blog post about The Loop stated: As our community has grown, our research needs have become more complex. With 50 million people coming to the site every month – all with unique ...
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What are the plans for the future usage of meta sites by the company?

Recently, it was announced that the meta sites would be decreased in their importance, in favor of other "communication loops" implemented by SO. I wrote a request to change that at Please consider ...
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How does one join the new "working group"?

In today's blog post Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening, it is mentioned, That’s why we’re creating a working group of users made up of people from all corners of the developer ...
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There is no nuance to the 'Frustration Feedback' bar chart, in the loop blog

The first thing that struck me about the recent blog post was this lop-sided bar chart. I didn't think it would be productive to post a comment on it, so I'm airing my frustrations with this bar ...
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Will the upcoming moderator training be required, or optional?

The blog post Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening by Sara Chipps and Juan M on November 25, 2019, announced upcoming moderator training: Moderating communities is a skill, and one that’...
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Please consider gathering Meta feedback before the "ship" stage

The blog post "The Loop #1: How we conduct research on the Community team" sheds a little light on how the current process for making changes on Stack Exchange works. Today, our research ...
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Will Meta Stack Exchange be removed now?

This is a question related to the new feedback procedures announcement. This site (Meta Stack Exchange) has various functions: (per the help center) Meta is for... ... Stack Exchange users ...
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Feedback for The Loop, September 2020: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids

September’s Loop Blog post was just published: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids. In this post, we go over the Summer Bridge program that we got to be a part of! The purpose of the program is to expose ...
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Feedback on The Loop: A Community Health Indicator

A community is a living organism. As we measure our pulse and blood pressure, we need to be able to monitor the community's health to understand if there is something that we should pay special ...
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Feedback on The Loop: Adding review guidance to the help center

I just posted to our blog about our recent review guidance work for the help center. In the post, I go into detail about our motivations, thinking, and the work that took place to complete this ...
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Is the Community capable of coming up with better solutions than "the Loop"?

My irony bone has absolutely snapped in two over the last few days. We have a company trying to monetize a system where they've spent tremendous resources assembling a huge community of experts to ...
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Feedback for The Loop, August 2020: Community-a-thon recap

In this month’s “The Loop” blog post, we did a deep dive and recapped our Community-a-thon event from our Q2 roadmap. I know that the Community has been eager to hear about how the event went. We ...
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Could Stack Exchange be less American-centric?

In the loop survey, a question wrecks my mind: Note that this survey has been updated; the original version had far fewer options which staff explained was a mistake. Of course I selected Other: ...
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Feedback for The Loop - June 2020: Defining the Stack Community

June’s “The Loop” blog post was just posted: Defining the Stack Community. In this post, I attempt to define the term “Community” as it is used on our Public Platform. My overall suggestion can be ...
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"The Loop May 2020" contains inaccessible image with no transcription [duplicate]

In the latest blog post, The Loop, May 2020: Dark Mode, there's an image directly after the first line. It contains a chart and looks like it contains useful information, which is nice. However, if ...
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Feedback for The Loop - May 2020

May’s “The Loop” blog post was just posted, you can read it here. A popular response last month to our post about how we receive, prioritize and implement feedback was a question around how this ...
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Feedback for The Loop: March 2020

Sara Chipps (our Director of Product, Community) just posted to our blog for The Loop: March 2020. The post gives some context behind some of the breakdowns in communication and interaction between ...
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This month’s “The Loop” is all about how we utilize feedback

One thing we’ve discussed a lot in the past here on Meta and at Stack Overflow is how we receive, prioritize and implement feedback. A project that we announced in Q1 this year was identifying and ...
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How were the racial backgrounds used by The Loop and previous surveys designed?

In the current version of "The Loop", the following question is asked: Which racial background(s) do you identify with? Please select all that apply. (optional) Multiracial Hispanic ...
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The "loop" has arrived. What does the community think about it?

According to plan, SE Inc. has released a lengthy blog post about "the loop", and their vision of a new "community feedback" system. Or something: TLDR; We’re going to be sharing our product ...
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Can we have the dataset for the loop #2?

Independent verification is a pillar of the scientific method, partly for sanity-checking and also because (and I've mentioned this multiple times before) both the cohorts used for the loop and the ...
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Are any of the "community members" SE Inc. is talking to ... around here?

The latest podcast mentions again that there are "community members" that get to talk to SE Inc., for example via streaming during the SE Inc. "come together" in Austin lately. Also the "post loop" ...
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Does "Opt-in to our Research email list" only encompass Stack Overflow?

✋Opt-in to our Research email list (must have a Stack Overflow account). You’ll receive invitations to participate in surveys, user interviews, and more. You’ll receive up to a few emails per year and ...
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Focusing on race, gender and sexuality makes minorities feel exposed and unwelcome

Before the Code of Conduct debacle, I never felt like a member of a minority. I was just a developer asking and answering questions. Now I feel pressured to come out of closet and announce every ...
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Why is "The Loop" survey asking about race, age, and gender?

While I understand that "The Loop" is not a research instrument in the same line as what a social scientist would develop, it is still a survey instrument and reflects upon us all (i.e., poorly ...
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Is "The Loop" covered by SO's Privacy and GDPR policies?

SO's "GDPR Policy" states in part we describe how we collect and use your data, and how we use technologies like cookies to understand how we can better help developers. However, The Loop's first ...
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What meta information is gathered during "the loop" survey hosted by SurveyMonkey?

One aspect that I completely missed when taking "the loop" some weeks ago: the corresponding service (SurveyMonkey) does use cookies to track various pieces of information. That could be IP ...
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Will comments on "The Loop" blog posting be shared?

From The Loop Blog Entry Our commitment to you, moving forward, is to continue to share reports on what we’re learning here publicly on the blog. I can't help noticing that after this has been ...
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Will the composition of the two work groups mentioned in The Loop blog post be public?

The blog post "Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening" recently published on the official Stack Overflow blog mentions the creation of two working groups. One for users: That’s why we’...
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Typo in category for “Black or of African descent”

In the current version of The Loop, one of the options for racial background is spelt “Black or of African decent”, rather than “Black or of African descent”. I tried notifying Sara Chipps by @ ...
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Boycotting The Loop will not help

I've read a couple comments where people have said they won't submit feedback to The Loop because they oppose the initiative. But boycotting The Loop won't help - it will just silence your voice. If ...
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Will there be a version of The Loop survey for users of the Stack Exchange network?

The newly announced The Loop survey asks for our satisfaction and thoughts about using Stack Overflow. Will there be a version of this survey for users of the Stack Exchange network, or is the ...
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Does Stack Overflow employ any social scientists?

This question is a follow up to a longer comment thread, the gist of which is that the approach that Stack Overflow uses to develop surveys can introduce significant bias into the results. Social ...
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Why is the "Through the loop" banner only on Stack Overflow?

When I happened to visit Stack Overflow today, I noticed a banner advertising the "Through the loop" survey: However, I hadn't seen this banner on any other site on the network: Is this status-...
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Why Does "The Loop" Survey Have an Option for Under 18 in Question 6?

This is not a question of "Why does The Loop Survey ask about age?" That has been asked elsewhere. This is not a question of "Why can't users under 18 take The Loop Survey?" That has been asked ...
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How can the answers given in the Loop be analysed in a meaningful way?

I've recently taken the survey. Based on my (admittedly limited) understanding of statistics and social science, I can't come up with a meaningful way to analyse the results. Some of the problems ...
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Please don't bring The Loop to per-site metas

On my fourth reading of the blog post introducing The Loop, I noticed something that seems to indicate that the company wants to introduce changes in how the child metas function - something I didn't ...
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"In the loop", what are the selection criteria for the working group users?

We’ll share regular updates about what we learn through our research, as well as create a new working group of users (made up of people from all corners of the developer community — from folks new to ...
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Unable to take "The Loop" Survey

Yesterday I saw the "Introducing The Loop" blog post and followed the link to the survey. I started to look it over, but bailed when I saw a mandatory question about "race". Today I saw that the "...
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What is the role of Meta after the arrival of "The Loop"? [duplicate]

Meta is ( was?) a place where the community can come together to discuss about site policies, feature requests and to understand about how the site works. The community can vote up or down a question ...
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How will Stack Exchange get the resources to track and handle all the new feedback gathered by The Loop?

Stack Exchange has announced: With our new mixed method research approach, one thing we lost was regular, in-depth conversation with a group of folks highly invested in Stack Overflow’s growth. We ...
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Why is the "Loop" survey restricted to those 18 and above?

The new blog post Introducing the Loop: A Foundation in Listening links to a survey, that appears to be what the Loop is at the moment. That is this: "Through the Loop Survey" on SurveyMonkey When I ...