2 of the 4 examples of unacceptable behavior are responses to overzealous moderation. I can't see this helping with any of SO's real problems.
Every SO question I've asked for many years has required constant monitoring to correct people who don't actually read the question and either 1) try to answer a totally different, easier question or 2) try to get my question closed. It's exhausting and really makes me wish it had competition so I could abandon it entirely.
The first few items in their code of conduct should be:
1. Carefully read the question before you answer or comment.
2. Carefully read the question before you answer or comment.
3. Remember you're not helping the asker if you repeat answers he already tried or specifically anticipated and said aren't helpful in his question.
I really just don't understand how someone can want to be moderator, but not even be arsed to read the questions they pass judgement on.
Also, sometimes the approach itself can be more interesting, or integral to the learning experience. Sometimes you need to implement a few shitty solutions to really grok the pitfalls you're trying to avoid. They cannot always be spelled out.
Q: "How do I extract just the last names from this list of contacts?"
A: Closed as duplicate of "How to use regex capture groups"
Asker then gets mad because they don't even know what regex is and the examples in the duplicate seem unrelated to contact lists so they are left without a plug-n-play solution like they were hoping to get.
I write clear Stack Overflow question and I don't have the problems you describe.
This is also why questions should not be closed as duplicates; it is perfectly acceptable to ask the same question in a different manner as for someone else may find it useful. Do elementary school teachers not answer a child's question because another child asked it similarly in the past? It's more harmful to click on a dozen links to see them all closed as dups and try to find the one that isnt a dupe that hopefully can help you with the question.
Do not blame them for trying to learn, or how they are going about doing it. It's a QA site, not a rewrite the manual on programming languages site.
Not necessarily on SO. Pretending to not understand a question has become a form of mockery on SO in many cases. You see these responses in many questions that have valid and accepted answers.
There are badly worded questions, sure. But there are also pretentiously shallow attempts to close some questions as quickly as possible.
Someone could ask a question about computational fluid dynamics and regardless of good their writing is I wouldn't ever be able to understand it because I lack the necessary domain knowledge. The problem would definitely lie with me.
For the last 6 months, my company used both Indeed and SO for recruiting. I much prefer SO and expected the quality of candidates would blow away Indeed. And generally there was less chaff on SO, but there were also less applicants in total and in the end we hired about equally off both platforms. Indeed proved much cheaper.
The connection the SO Q&A site and the SO jobs site occurred to me after I created a new profile for the SO Jobs (technically, Talent) platform and then posted a couple questions as a new user, an exercise I've practiced before. And as before, even though I am an experienced user who knows how to write a quality question, my questions were immediately downvoted almost reflexively by other users. It was enough to almost turn me off the project.
I tried to explain this to our SO sales rep and he said that they were aware of the problem and trying to address it. I suppose this code is what he was referring to. My contract recently expired and my company decided not to renew at this time.
Telling people to google something is rarely helpful.
It's great that Google shows noteworthy results for you, but that's not necessarily true for somebody else, possibly years after you wrote the answer. Also, unlike you, the other person might not be qualified to separate the wheat from the chaff.
At least noindex the closed questions, SO :(
I always wonder why I get more duplicates as my top hit than the question SO left open as the "original" because it at least feels like those are what I hit far, far more.
...often, with slightly different terms used. So there's a very good chance a given search will find one of the duplicates rather than the original. This is an explicit goal: it helps searches; in fact, if you're not logged in and you land on an unanswered duplicate, Stack Overflow will redirect to the original.
Though it is sometimes, particularly if what the question raiser seems to be lacking is the right terminology to search for. In that case then "Basically what you are looking for is [short description], search SO or Google for [keywords] and you should find more details." is possibly the best answer you can give.
You might rightly ask "why not just include the 'more details' or some direct links in your answer" which in some cases would be the right thing to do, but often these questions are fairly generic or otherwise lacking in detail so you could end up typing out a massive summary of a large knowledge area, little of which turns out to be directly useful.
Can we talk about the elephant in the room though - the tsunami of low effort questions from 1 rep users who are clearly students looking for help on their homework?
I didn't use StackOverflow until I was a working professional - while I was in school I hung out in the labs and talked to TAs or my professor if I was stuck. Now it seems like SO has become the default TA service for everyone foreign and domestic. It's exhausting to see question after question of people essentially asking for hand holding/TA service.
I stopped answering questions for that reason because I felt like I was only helping one person at a time instead of doing the community a service.
So when I run into a isolatable technical problem that I can't find a solution to, it's incredibly obscure and incredibly esoteric. So you end up with this sort of dichotomy where it becomes more and more difficult to formulate 'good' questions. It's either somebody asking something that's been asked already, or could otherwise be found in a few seconds of duck-duck-going (damn.. that really doesn't roll off the 'tongue' as well as googling, does it?) or something so incredibly obscure that you'd be better off on a specialized outlet than on a general purpose one like Stack Overflow.
I use DDG's bang codes extensively, almost more than DDG itself (!yt !gi !so etc.), so I would have almost suggested duck-banging.
I gradually drifted away from participating and imparting my knowledge. I'm not going to spend time explaining the basics to users (who often show very little gratitude or appreciation) and cajoling them to provide other information that might help me solve their problems.
It's a damned shame because the idea of SO is really good, but the site is overrun by vampires and I'm all out of stakes and garlic.
Downvotes should be tied to some sort of criterion that the asker/answerer can meet, like in a code review. If you get downvoted, you should have the ability to notify the downvoter "alright, I fixed the issue you had with my question/answer", and get the downvote undone. If the downvoter doesn't engage, undo the downvote automatically after a certain period. This process should be completely public, and have a log/history that everyone can see.
Same with flagging as duplicate. As the asker you should have the right to defend yourself against overzealous flagging, and be able to let the mods know why some other question is not actually a duplicate. Flagging as duplicate should be phrased as a question to the asker: Hey, did you see this question? Does this answer your question? And the asker should then be the one to decide whether or not it does.
I know recently stackoverflow has started to push fake posts under the "review queue" to gauge if you are actually moderating correctly.
I still get frustrated as a user asking a question on stackoverflow. I have had my share of questions marked as duplicates. I tried arguing and fixing the wording of it after the fact, it still is downvoted (-1) and still marked as duplicate.
The problem comes in when others are doing the moderation in a negative way, because the good bar is set at "can't see what I did" every moderator gets lumped in with the bad moderators who dupe and close and offtopic everything for internet rep points
If it's recognition you're after being a SO or subreddit mod is not the way to get it
Example, on June 2018. https://i.imgur.com/YIVXX87.png
I'm sure all of this helps the mods to deal with naughty users, but I think SO really has 2 big issuers:
1. Crappy, zero-effort, badly worded, badly explained questions
2. Crappy moderators
The first one seems to be a solved problem - 9 times out of 10 if I see a question like this appear on SO it is flagged within seconds.
The seconds one has been pervasive for years, and is a much harder problem to solve. Mods flagging unique questions as duplicates is something I've experienced far too many times - and often as soon as one mod hasn't read the question and flagged it, other mods see the flag, then don't bother to read the question and flag it.
I think there should actually be an easier way to flag poor decisions by moderators (to flag... well, the flags!), and I think there should be a similar 3-stage disciplinary system (warning, suspension, expulsion) for mods that repeatedly take shortcuts or make crappy decisions.