This is a great point but I’d go further: the agile manifesto was created to take software from where it was to where it is today. Agile was revolutionary. Now at best it’s table-stakes and at worse outdated.
I'll get this out of the way: Congrats on launching this thing we hadn't heard about until now? (The secrecy level here was on par with their April Fools Day joke; but I'll try not to draw any correlations there)
Typically Stack Overflow would 'soft launch' a feature and let people in the community (people that frequented meta, let's be clear) about it first; and they would give feedback, and then it would go live.
Maintaining an OSS project is a sucker’s game to these companies.
It sounds jaded; I know, but every corporation has a choice when faced with an OSS project in a space it wants: 1. Contribute to that project without taking it over 2. Buy it and develop it 3. Fork it and sell it 4. Copy its design
And "alternative biz strategy" is the winner. Alternative here is like "alternative paths" and not like "alternative energy" which sounds good but requires tearing all the shit down to adopt which means we gotta wait until the earth floods for the 'pubs to get off their ass.
'pubs here is short for Republican, or 'pubic' which incidentally you can't spell Republican without pubic but this thread isn't about them, it's about @stackoverflow, and here we go!
@StackOverflow My normal @stackoverflow thread disclaimers apply (also, my apologies to the poor soul at Stack Overflow that has to explain to their manager that 'pubic' and @stackoverflow were together in the same tweet and no they weren't related)
@StackOverflow It's not my place to tell their stories; while I'm somewhat hopeful of the new CPO's course; there's a culture issue to fix that is standing square in the way of resolving the problems @stackoverflow has with the community.
@StackOverflow If this were like any other SV company, I wouldn't care to talk about it. But this is Stack Overflow. A company started by and for programmers that has (had?) a good mission behind it. A mission tens of thousands visit every day to *volunteer* to fulfill.
First, as is common in all of my threads regarding @stackoverflow :
➡️ this is my opinion
➡️ I’m speaking only for myself and don’t claim to speak for the rest of the community
➡️ the people that work @stackoverflow are good people
@StackOverflow You're probably going to want to read all the previous threads if you're not familiar with the context (warning, could take a while):
@StackOverflow I will attempt not to razz on the blog post or corresponding meta post *too* much; but this will not be a razz free thread. You have my apologies in advance. I will attempt to sound more neutral sometime in the future.
So in today's thread (and perhaps this will quell my desire to talk about @stackoverflow) I'm going to talk about two things: 1. Current direction of Stack Overflow the business and what that means for the 'community', and 2. My 2020 predictions for Stack Overflow the business
@StackOverflow Standard Internet disclaimers apply:
- This is all, like, my opinion man
- I don't own any shares of Stack Overflow and have no business interests in them
- I could be completely wrong
@StackOverflow If this is your first thread (hi!), you're going to want to (at some point), read these threads:
Wherein I claim the community problems are (in retrospect) obvious and were always going to happen
In a further showing of 'twisting the knife', @stackoverflow will now remove moderator resignation notices from being 'featured' after 24 hours. Previously, it was the domain of the community elected moderators to decide the duration. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3422… 🙃
@StackOverflow There is an old adage: When you're in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging. It would seem that @stackoverflow is going to keep digging, maybe in an attempt to get to the other side of the earth?
@StackOverflow At this point, calling @stackoverflow out on bad behavior feels like punching down. It shouldn't feel that way, but it does. Their actions are shockingly tone-deaf (and/or outright designed to push people away) that calling them out each time is repetitive.
When people say @StackOverflow is “evil”, there’s a bit of context behind that that may not be readily apparent, but is critically important to understand their feelings: (mute me for about 20 minutes if this isn’t your jam)