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Comments on How does Codidact avoid repeating Stack Exchange's mistakes?

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How does Codidact avoid repeating Stack Exchange's mistakes?

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I received an important question in private email, and I'm bringing it here so we can improve on the answer I sent. This won't be the last time we get this question; let's develop a clear, effective response.

The question, slightly paraphrased, was:

How will you prevent Codidact from repeating the problems that got Stack Exchange (SE) into its current state? What, in your opinion, caused SE's problems, and how are you avoiding them?

To elaborate a bit, those problems include:

  • SE management neglecting, ignoring, and then changing things out from under the communities they host and the volunteers who support them (e.g. license changes, policy changes), apparently for financial reasons

  • Lack of transparency and accountability in company actions that affect communities

  • Community turmoil caused by company actions that seem mysterious and harmful, and community fragmentation and decline as some leave, others stay, some change their behavior, and so on

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Monica Cellio‭ wrote over 4 years ago

I've posted the reply I sent as an answer here. I am very interested in seeing other responses.

dustytrash‭ wrote over 4 years ago

Monica probably won't fire herself

wrp‭ wrote about 4 years ago

This question seems to be missing context. Before you can answer the ways to avoid SE's mistakes, you need to clarify what mistakes you are referring to. If this thread is to become the canonical source to answer the question, then the mistakes need to be described. IOW, what do you mean by "current state"?

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 4 years ago

@wrp I don't know if this is going to be a canonical source; I was trying to answer a challenge I've received once and I assume we'll receive again. I've added some details to the question; I'm also happy to see this turn into a true community Q&A, though I don't think we have a special status for that yet. Please feel free to propose edits, add an answer, or otherwise improve this. Thanks!

Peter Mortensen‭ wrote over 3 years ago

I think the abbr. "SE'" should be introduced.

Monica Cellio‭ wrote over 3 years ago

@‭PeterMortensen‭ good idea, thanks -- done.