This blog post IMO ignores some fundamentals facts about SE
- The site is "elitist" by its very own design: Best questions, Best answers. It's not an bug, it's a feature.
- The site is much different from chats, reddit, and other forums as it is not meant primarily for discussions and this causes misunderstandings with new users.
- New users who don't read the rules and jump right in may be more likely to take personal offence when the rules are tersely pointed out or questions closed.
- In any fields we only hear the squeaky wheels.
- Inevitably on all SE sites it will become more and more difficult and frustrating to find good questions that haven't been asked in one form or another.
Unless someone comes forward with examples of clear hostility that is not dealt with (especially sexist and racist one as the article implies) I'd rather apply Hitchens's Razor, and a variant of Hanlon's Razor.
Hitchens's Razor: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence"
There are no proof provided, just claims (hearsay) of complaints by newcomers.
Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by s̶t̶u̶p̶i̶d̶i̶t̶y̶ having to constantly deal with people not reading the rules.
And yes, this is the internet: there are A-holes! A few easily banned bad-apples doesn't demonstrate a rampant problem.
A few jerks doesn't mandate we all start walking on egg-shells and post with little <3 to not hurt the very most sensitives who might not feel welcome enough.
( <--- following the EVP of Culture and Experience's example. Don't hate: It wouldn't be very welcoming of you.)
We won't be able to get anything done right if we have to do all this to not accidentally hurt someone's feeling.
From the post itself:
And we're all unpaid volunteer: I feel (see how this works?) that it's borderline entitled of SO to demand (and I feel it's a demand, and you can't question the validity of my feelings, no you're not allowed to. "you're done.") we be more welcoming without even any objective proof of an major rampant problem.
Especially compared to the total number of users, questions, and answers.
And I feel the in my post are warranted to drive the point. -Reductio ad absurdum If his blog post is to be the example to follow and all feelings have to be considered valid without questioning as is argued for in EVP of Culture and Experience's blog post.
This whole "feelings" thing is a downward spiral ripe for abuse where disingenuous people will just bully others by cries and complaints and we'll all be dealing with more drama than is worth.
Good people will leave because who wants to deal with all that drama? (Other than other drama-addicts).