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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I think interviewing moderators or significant contributors to StackOverflow might be an interesting idea. So as thanks, I wanted to share an optional nice closing question you all might like to someday use: Original: "What was the one question you expected us to ask, but we didn't? And what is the answer?" Q/A variation: "What was the one question you ...


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I haven't listened through the entire podcast yet, and only skimmed the transcript, so this might have been answered already. I know I already created several other questions and answers on this topic in various meta sites across the network, but I'm going to keep bringing this up when it's relevant regardless of how unpopular this opinion is. You're ...


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I have been thinking about it ever since the time Unicorn Meta Zoo interviews have started; is it okay if we do video interviews instead?


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I don't think that judging question quality should factor answers at all. A good / upvote-worthy question should satisfy most if not all of the following: Is the problem clearly stated? We shouldn't need to derive the question parameters based on answers. Is the expected outcome clearly stated? We shouldn't need to read the accepted answer's output to ...


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