Jay Hanlon has published an extremely read-worthy post about how Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change.
I would invite anyone to read that article (it took me 5 minutes roughly).
The post is primarily aimed at Stack Overflow, and while I have been active on SO as well, my primary `home' on SE is here on Travel SE. So reading the post, I could not help noticing the many parallels to patterns that apply also (or in a different manner) here on Travel SE.
(If you did not read that post, the aim is to make SO a more welcoming place beyond "be kind", and to be inclusive.)
This Meta Q aims to stimulate a similar, site-specific discussion for Travel SE.
While I hope that Jay's post will lead eventually lead to change not only on SO, but including the whole SE network, I do feel that we can (and should) be proactive on Travel SE, and that we do have some site-specific issues to tackle on our own. The first examples that come to my mind:
- too often we close questions by new users as off-topic or duplicates without much comment.
- this way we recruit few new users to stick around (least they be more travel-savvy than the average Joe already active on here)
but I am sure the list is much longer and I have too much bias on my own to note some issues.
With this Meta question I intend to start a new discussion on how we can do better. Foremost, what are our issues around inclusion and being welcoming. And in following steps, what can be done to change this.
I do not intend to re-open any Travel Meta discussion that has ever been, but I do feel that there should not be any red tape. As an example, my personal feel is that our duplicate policy might be too strict to be as welcoming/inclusive as I would like us to be.
I have not been around much lately (and if so mostly passively) for being more busy offline, but this topic is too important to me to let it go undiscussed.