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In the context of a code of conduct, you talked about the spirit of the rules versus the actual words, and that it's important to uphold the spirit even if someone is not technically violating the rules you wrote. Can you, here or perhaps in a future podcast, address the reverse? What do you do when you have a set of rules that seems to conflict with the ...


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Stack Overflow wasn't designed to be a place for people to interact with others. It was molded very early on to center around documenting information in an easier to find format. This is a stark contrast with the kinds of forums you describe as part of your early ventures into community management. And that fact has an extremely important implication on ...


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feature-request status-completed We've started a Transcription Club for people who want to help transcribe episodes. Not listened to it yet, so burn me if that was mentioned during it (and/or I missed something), but are you planning on releasing a transcript as well? I can see it being useful for a couple situations: deaf/hard-of-hearing people who can'...


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A transcription by https://otter.ai, lightly cleaned up manually: Juan M 0:17 Just when you thought you'd found your way out of the zoo, we present you yet another episode, another podcast version of the Unicorn Meta Zoo. We are once again here, going to be discussing all things community management. I am joined by two of the best people that I work ...


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My personal non-transcript, that tries to catch what is going on, and what kinda stood out. The CEO is really happy to have learned so much lately, and to work on such a great platform They are talking to "community members" He is so proud of that great platform, and the whole world using it There was real surprise by blunt feedback coming from "engineers" ...


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I do have another episode that I've recorded with Abby and Juan. It is, perhaps ironically, about how to avoid burnout. I haven't released that episode or recorded new episodes because of a confluence of factors: Abby and Juan have taken on new responsibilities within the company. I purposely made the format low-commitment, but I wanted to let everyone get ...


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To answer the question directly (at least I think I can do this to an extent): I have been contacted by Stack Exchange, and have had high level talks with two of the highest ranking officials at Stack Exchange, for a total of 90 minutes, between October and November 2019. Both talks have been via telepresence, with webcams on in a professional manner that I'...


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I may update this answer when I listen to the podcast later, but for what it's worth right now... Doing this would cause the technical Exchange sites to lose their autonomy for good. We wouldn't be creating actual value. We'd only be creating synthetic value for the sake of creating value, as opposed to actually growing. Thus, I would believe that this ...


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A question I expected you to add (to the usual three) that you didn't: does Nicolas read all four of those languages? Russian yes, but also the others? If not, how do you overcome the language challenges when working to support those communities?


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I think a transcript should be overseen by a human before releasing it. I find this hard to read and I am hard of hearing so I can't enjoy the original audio. Is there an ETA for when a human will help out with it?


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Thanks for the interesting discussion. You discussed how (or whether) to factor answers into the evaluation of a question as good/neutral/bad and the hazards of edge cases there. Perhaps what you're seeing is a difference between good and interesting. We've all seen questions that the community considers poor (lots of downvotes) but that nonetheless have ...


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At 16:50 in the audio we hear: John: ... Maybe in future episodes we could interview moderators? Abby: Ooh! Juan: That's a great idea! Abby: This is a call for you know requests for proposals if you'd like to be interviewed on this podcast you can call 1-800 ... (All laugh) Abby: ... We do not have a phone number set up this ...


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"Merging" smaller sites with StackOverflow means drowning them "Merging" would make the serious problem of users finding relevant questions to answer even worse. Users of smaller sites would effectively lose their homepage, drowned in a sea of programming questions. In theory, after a very long time, algorithms based on user behaviour could bring some ...


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So why aren't beta sites being recognized as healthy communities? Writing.SE clamours for graduation, as well as other beta sites like BoardGames.SE that have been in existence for over 9 years! There is no question that these are healthy communities (it certainly meets Jon Ericson's definition presented at the start of the podcast), and yet their requests ...


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Obviously, the OP isn't going to accept the answer, as it's not really right. This is not anywhere near as "obvious" in practice as this happens quite a bit. On The Workplace we have what I consider a huge problem with "not really good answers being common." I wrote at length about this. The summary of my meta.workplace post is the following quote I ...


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The ultimate goal of the podcast is to try to determine whether or not Adnan Syed killed Hae, or whether he was wrongfully convicted. And imma be honest, there's not as much closure there as any of us would like there to be. (I mean, it's like, really clear that Adnan's friend Jay is lying, right? But why?!?) Failing that, we try to to use it to give ...


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If the mythical they (the editors of the podcast) existed, they might gesture vaguely towards an implied substantial pile of drivel that has been removed from any given podcast recording. They might indicate that all potential drivel is graded on a complex scale which takes many factors into account including, but not limited to: Was removal of said drivel ...


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In the podcast you talked about characteristics of leaders (and how that varies by where a site is in its lifecycle). One you didn't mention that I tend to notice on small or young sites is community members who help guide newcomers. This is most noticeable in helpful comments, but helpful edits are just as important (and sometimes require more work). ...


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Spotify was never launched in Russia. There's a pending request to launch it in Russia, which is still in "Not Right Now" status. List of countries where Spotify is available can be found here. That said, Stack Exchange did pick another host, Overcast, which appears to work for everyone. Update: Less than a day after this issue was reported here, and ...


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Thank you! I enjoyed learning more about your background and your ideas about using data and meeting both company and user needs. I look forward to more concrete ideas than will fit in a 13-minute podcast. When asked what your favorite network site is, you said Writing and also Board & Card Games and RPG. You also said that you haven't posted on ...


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That is the tune "Faster Does It" by Kevin MacLeod, available on incompetech.com, which has music available under a Creative Commons license.


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The canonical URL for the podcast feed is now: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/feed/podcast/ 301 redirects have now been set up from old feed URLs to the new canonical one, so subscriptions should update automatically. We are working on re-submitting to the iTunes store to get that piece settled too (once some final kinks are worked out). The blog is now ...


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Since a bunch of people have indicated their desire for a transcript, I'm going to assume many readers are not interested in listening to the audio-only podcast. That's probably a good instinct. As I said in a comment: It's a traditional first episode. So you can safely ignore it until we get to episode 7 and you find the show interesting. Assuming ...


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The titles of Stack Exchange podcasts usually come from little jokes in the recording. They don't always make it into the show notes, usually because they are just throwaway lines or passing comments from Joel. They're almost always off topic. In this case, "florp" was a nonsense word Joel made up. You'll hear it if you listen closely to the podcast. The ...


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Does merging sites makes sense and for which sites. Depends on what you want. Specialized sites have special rules. This means: in order to post in that place, a user is expected to first learn about these rules. For example: to understand what would be considered "on vs off" topic in that place. And of course, the experienced users in that community will ...


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The podcast feed was an unforeseen casualty when the blog was updated to its shiny new iteration. This issue was fixed in the usual six to eight weeks, however that was long enough for the podcast to fall out of the iTunes store. It's back now. As you were already subscribed your podcast player should automatically redirect to the new feed and start picking ...


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As far as I know, the Stack Exchange blog (and the podcasts category in particular) is the only source of up-to-date information on the podcast. As you say, it's been over six to eight weeks since the last podcast, whose blog entry enthusiastically states That’s it for Podcast #30, which is it for podcasts in 2011. See you next year! So I guess the only ...


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Honing in on your idea that you could interview moderators, why not interview one or two of our new MSE moderators? I'd like to see a deep dive into how moderating this meta site differs mechanically and philosophically from moderating a normal site. Perhaps also more about the impetus to create meta.SE moderator positions after a long time.


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We just recorded another episode - the fabled Episode #50. The recent changes to closing are discussed, we argue inconclusively about library recommendation questions, and Joel smashes blinds in the recording room. Will anyone make it out alive? Stay tuned... It should be live on the blog sometime next week.


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I think this is a fine job for the anonymous feedback feature that we already have in place. If the question is asking for information that is extremely hard to find, there's a high probability that anyone else looking for the same is going to find the answers that the question received. If enough anonymous visitors mark the answer(s) as not being very ...


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