Meta fails the jam in the following ways:
New users, or lurkers can't post a game or vote on the jam entries unless they get 5 or 10 rep respectively
Voting on completed games commences as soon as the game is submitted, and this may sway more votes
No way to tell who is participating or show progress during the jam
For #1, it's really easy to get 5 rep, ...
I have only been in this forum for research so I don't know of any problems that have happened here. However I have been an active participant in Stack Overflow for over six years. I'm in the top 23% percentile for reputation. I've been in technology for a long time so I'm used to arrogant engineers and know how to forcefully handle them. I also have a lot ...
In my opinion, there are two main issues, and a secondary-level issue:
Rep needed on Meta. This restricts entry.
Someone needed to manage the second site.
Restricting entry is undesirable, but running a second site will take a non-trivial amount of someone's time.
In my uninformed opinion (because I have not taken part in a Jam, and have the rep to post ...
I would like to entirely disagree on this:
chat is a third class citizen
I am in there every day, as are 10 regulars that I can name right off the top of my head (including @WilliamMindWorXMariager who commented), new comers every day and questions posted for not only their technical relevance but their opinionated relevance as well. I highly recommend ...
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 ...
Personally I prefer bigger jams, even if it means opening it up to non-meta and even non-GDSE users.
I argue that this is already the case for the GDSE jams: take a look at past entries, you'll find maybe half come from less-active users, those with 100 rep or less. Furthermore there is no correlation between rep and submission quality; at time of writing, ...