Recently a number of people have felt the site has declined either in quantity, quality or both. In some ways I agree. However, I see this as a feature not a bug. A feature that can be addressed and fixed.
For a long time I've tried to do just this and am quite honestly happy about the current direction. First some historical questions, all of which appear to have been positively received but none that sparked serious debate, answers, or direction:
- I'm struggling to figure out why people vote the way they do regarding Opinion / Too Broad
- Why do how-to requests bother you?
- A Critique, a Dupe and a Tech Support walk into a bar
We are a community driven site. Because of the recent decline in numbers its resulted in less close votes and this in turn lets more things through. This is a feature, not a problem. Finally, my prayers have been answered -- can I get an amen!? Amen!
Not one of these was really following our Critique Guidelines:
- Opinion on the icon of the logo please :)
- How can I place the text in this logo in a way that would unite both items better?
- Critique my logo please
- Is this calligraphy style working for my brand?
But all are open, all answered, all voted on. Praise Cthulu! Amen!
See when a Critique, a Dupe, and a Tech question walk into a bar and all of them get turned away by other patrons or the bartender.... then the numbers dwindle, people lose interest, the bar gets stale. But as those patrons leave and the votes go un-cast those beautiful misfits -- those critiques, those duplicates, those tech questions are allowed in. New life breathes.
I don't see the current state of the site as bad, I see it as a long overdue rebirth.
Now one thing I do need to address is something Wrzlprmft said in another meta:
Same goes for community consensus on what content we accept. Casting close votes or flags that go against this consensus only cause confusion, dispute, and clog the queues.
I very much disagree with this. I've not once voted based on community consensus. Voting is the community consensus. And I wouldn't want anyone else to vote based on some arbitrary guidelines either. But what I do ask is that if you often disagree about certain close reasons others are given you bring it up in meta, have discussion, talk about it in inkspot. Don't get frustrated if people don't see eye to eye with you. We don't all have to agree, we do all have to get along. Upvote often, answer well, assume the best intentions, live long and prosper. Amen!