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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

Today is Tisha b'Av, the date the ancient Jewish temple was destroyed. (I promise this is relevant.) According to our tradition, the second temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, sinat ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you would advise me (in my role as VP of Community here) never to touch. I'd like you to safeguard one of the ideas these communities are built upon: that these sites are meant to be ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you should never touch? That's a difficult question, and I don't have an answer for that at the moment, but here's a stab at the other question. One thing that you think I should ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

Let me tell you a story. Myself and friends used to have a favorite place with casual atmosphere and great food. We used to go there several times a week, netting them ~$1000 by a conservative ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you would advise me (in my role as VP of Community here) never to touch. Know your limitations: some things are not within your power to change. You can advocate for them, but cannot (...
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Let's talk about (community) health

Here's what I think makes a community unhealthy Announcing significant platform changes to the outside world without saying a peep to the core community. Limiting the community from performing its ...
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What's one thing that you wish we remembered?

That network curators have lives too Including close/reopen voters, reviewers, editors, userscript creators/maintainers, and everyone else involved in keeping the network afloat from the community's ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Making vote counts visible regardless of reputation According to this, the main reason viewing vote count is restricted by rep is because it's costly on the server side. It'd probably take a bit of ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you think I should change as quickly as possible. Stack Exchange sites & communities are invaluable resources. Use them! Stack Exchange has brought together and helped foster ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

Strangely my sentiment echoes that of Mithical's in that I both find it very tough to find something that you shouldn't touch. Also too, Mithical brings up an excellent point about community, but we ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you would advise me (in my role as VP of Community here) never to touch. Stack Exchange…  …without asking the community first. The core community is tired of radical changes being ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Hi, we're special! This is what the front page of IPS looks like to someone that doesn't have a profile there. This is what it looks like after you've made a profile and log in. And what you end up ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Fix a 10 year old security vulnerability You can add images from any source in a post (or in chat). This allows things like: Determining the IP addresses of specific chat users or (with less accuracy)...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Duplicate closure should be a more rewarding experience The main community I use is Stack Overflow. We have more than a decade worth of questions - chances are that most simple queries are answered. ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

"It’s little and broken… but still good. Yeah, still good." It's made up of extremely intelligent, educated, and principled individuals. In this specific context, I'm primarily referring to ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

I think a better question is: "What do we really need to do to understand your community?" Dogfood everything continually. Instead of cutting down on Community-a-thon, do it all the time. ...
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What's one thing that you wish we remembered?

I may be repeating some of the other answers, but if there's one thing I think everybody here (myself first and foremost) should remember: Assume good intentions. It used to be in the old Be Nice ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Could we have Chat (and meta) on the sidebar? This is kinda a request that goes across communities, but also is about communities (Very Zathras, I know). In the old days, chat was a "first class&...
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What's one thing that you wish we remembered?

The affordances of the tooling have a bigger influence on how we behave than the rules or their enforcement. The wording of a system message, the appearance of an icon (or, the use of an icon vs a ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Improve or officially support sandboxing Code Golf is probably the site with the biggest need for this feature, though other sites like Worldbuilding have sandboxes as well. Currently, sandboxes are ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

Changes Mod tooling. I'm a UX guy, and I cringe when I have to deal with legacy code that I wrote. The mod tools make some of that look downright elegant. They sometimes work. They are sometimes spit ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

We have a specific goal, and you should too One would hope it's obvious, as it's stated right on the tour page: With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed, high-quality ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Stack Overflow: Discourage overly situational debugging questions, encourage more generally useful questions. This likely means less focus (especially by high-rep users) on if the asker has put in ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

This is something that recently came up over on SFF as it is very similar to one of the questions (#9) asked in the election questionnaire. In my answer I mentioned new user onboarding. However, this ...
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Your input: (Non-engineering) priorities for the community team

I bet you do this already, but it might benefit from more focus: Stack Exchange is more than just Stack Overflow Sure, it's bigger (according to some (all?) metrics) than the rest of the network ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you should treat like the third rail is any thought the company might have of trying to shift the "voice of the customer" for the network away from Meta and over to Stack ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

One thing that you think I should change as quickly as possible. The fact that the accepted answer is almost always at the top. I've lost count of the number of times I've looked up a question (...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

What not to touch Being honest, I don't really have much of an answer to this. Mainly because the changes I dislike here are the ones that are mainly just "dropped" on us users, rather than ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Stop people from enforcing the rules without questioning and understanding their purpose. We have a lot of rules here, and that is a good thing most of the time. But the rules tend to take on a life ...
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