There are times when certain situations in life become a bit difficult or at least different. Having had the precedence of H2CO3, Your Common Sense, and so forth, we have another contributor now liquidated on Stack Overflow.
One may have noticed that another active and useful contributor was suspended yesterday.
First and foremost, we have been notified now that he got several comments lately that this is his blog series. I would like to clarify that this is not meant to be his personal blog. This is a general blog supposed to be run by people who have constructive criticism towards Stack Overflow because believe it or not, we do not think that Stack Overflow is only bad. We think that it is very useful in many senses. Please head over on to the About page if you would like to read our official statement.
While he did not wish to quote it directly to keep private sentences private for all fairness, he did not mind sharing the moderator’s point using his own words:
After enough warnings, more than one user expressed that they would rather leave the site than working with him due to his abusive behavior.
That is the main message of the suspension. He could not explain what exactly it would mean as he did not understand the reasoning himself. The moderators had not replied earlier either when he tried to ask for clarification 1-2 months ago in a similar situation. Even though he, as many other people had arguments about the operation of the site, he has not come through such users himself who literally left the site because of some abusive behavior.
Moreover, he admitted that he asked the moderators and SE staff whether he could make these messages public whether others can spot anything wrong, but they unfortunately ignored this request, too, so he could not reveal them. This is a bit of shame, really.
This is sure not to say there are not such users, but he did not notice them himself, I believe. I wonder what the people think who have closely worked with him on improving the C++/Qt questions and doing the cleanups.
The reasoning may sound similar to you should you recall what exactly happened to Your Common Sense. We would like to remind you that he was suspended for a year about half a year ago for very similar reasons:
Actively driving potential contributors away.
I will skip H2CO3’s story this time. That may be a subject for another blog post. Anyhow, in our humble opinion, this is a bit of shame, really!
Back to his contribution:
* More than 1100 answers to the site over the course of 14 months, mostly good quality content based on the community feedback. This usually decreased the unanswered questions from 60% to 36-50%.
* Reviewed about 3000-5000 posts lately per month casting a lot of close and delete votes on, flagging low-quality posts and the like.
* Launched the “Delete Voters” chat room project similar to the “Close Voters” chat room where he got some initial positive feedback.
That means he has not only been answering questions, but taking proper care of cleaning up the site.This is a rare combination on Stack Overflow, but probably goes without saying: very much appreciated.
I imagine that his dedication to the community, willingness to help others for free in his spare time, energy, skills and talent will be missed!
Let us all hope that he does not lose his motivation in life to help newcomers with questions and doubts wherever and whenever he can., especially if it is for free in his spare time.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have got anything constructive to say, even if just that this person should never be allowed to come back to the site or should not exist.