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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

It's a downward spiral, at least for me. I used to be very active. I believe I averaged 30k rep per year for the last couple years, but my participation is essentially non-existent now. I've been ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

Warning: This is something of a though-stream, so... The visible symptom: Attracting and retaining people who can positively participate in the community, either both asking and answering questions, ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

I will chime in & basically say I do not think this is an issue with the quality of posts & interactions here as much as the state of I.T. & developers in general nowadays. Seriously, I ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

We could re-examine the list of things that we shut down as "not professional", and see whether there is a community of professionals who work with those subjects we could embrace. The datacenter is ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

After reading all the answers thus far, and initially convincing myself that I had nothing to add, I noticed something that's missing from everyone's analysis thus far. Us. We are missing from our ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

One thing that you - and everyone else who complains about downvotes - need to keep in mind is that the main purpose of votes is not to give feedback to the person who wrote the post. The main ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

Law of Diminishing Returns I'm still a baby with SE and have been on the sites for around a year or so. I believe what is occurring is the law of diminishing returns. I believe as experience and ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

I think we are a little quick on the draw to close questions. I spend a lot of time looking at the close queue (I believe I am the 4th most prevalent close vote reviewer at the moment), and when I ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

Speaking only for myself: I got really busy at work. I think that's just something that's going to happen to everyone from time to time. I also find that unless I spend a certain amount of time ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

My sentiments pretty much echo Ward's, but this was too long for a comment. If you request honest feedback, the community has a good track record of being receptive to that. However, there is a fine ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

Actually your question is a bit vague and lacks critical detail. Part 2 can be easily found in lots of places and even on Server Fault with a simple search and a bit of rummaging through the results. ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

I think SF is too heavy handed on the closes and non-professional complaints. Closing a question because the OS happened to be XP? Yeah, it's not a server OS, and if given a choice I wouldn't run it....
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

I'm an enthusiast for answering questions - I like to be able to contribute to the 'wisdom of the internet' in a positive way. I've answered a few questions on ServerFault, but not as many as I'd have ...
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

Simple answer; revenue sharing. Right now people volunteer their time while those who own the site are rolling in cash. Revenue share on a per ad impression/click-through so that the person who ...
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