Sour comments are gone (mostly). (good)
I don't know what caused this exactly, but the amount of hate and sarcasm I see in comments has drastically decreased over the last years. (As a mod,) I rarely have to handle flags about rude stuff going on.
Keep on spreading the joy and the help folks ❤
We're slowly becoming a Unity Stack Exchange. (bad)
Data shows that the proportion of questions tagged with unity is increasing year after year. In fact, in 2019, half of the questions that were asked were tagged with unity. Last year, 53% of the questions posted were tagged with unity.
This trend suggests that Unity appears to be accessible and a nice tool ...
Strong response to fix codeplex links
I feel like the community stepped up to deal with the codeplex problem. There's still some work to be done, but initially I recall there being well over 300 links waiting to rot out. Furthermore, it's increasingly difficult to find salvageable entries in the problem list.
It was also encouraging to see some new avatars ...
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, ...
Concerns about community participation & the 2021 moderator election
I'm a little concerned that our most recent moderation election might indicate a decline in community participation. It took longer to get a sufficient number of candidates & the ballot count declined.
2013 : 247 ballots for 9 candidates
2017 : 329 ballots for 5 ...
I'm posting another answer to not mess up with the votes of the "yes" answer because this one here is more like a comment than anything else. This is a personal opinion, and I did not discuss an answer to this question with the other mods.
A few things to note (emphasis mine):
We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and ...
It's hard to find high-level questions
I enjoy algorithms, problem solving, and general game techniques that are applicable to a great many platforms and situations. GDSE seems to be predominantly “how do I get this very specific code to work” nowadays—questions which have little broad application, and are about implementation and not general principles—...
New devs don't know how to debug their code and we don't have ways to tell them how they could do it (i.e. teach them to fish). (bad¬)
A lot of users ask questions about bugs that an experienced developer will spot by reading the code, but that the asker could have figured out if they had known relatively basic debugging techniques (such as using the step-by-...
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 ...
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, ...