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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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On the paucity of voting

Why don't you an active member of Server Fault bother to vote on people's answers1? I guess it's this: I usually only view questions I personally care about, which by the time I wade through all the ...
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Why is there so much focus on low-quality questions at-large?

Stack Overflow is so large that it is not possible for any single person to read even the titles of every question posted there on a given day, let alone all of the questions. However, Server Fault, ...
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I think we're overdoing "that's not professional" comments

I'm of two minds on this. There is nothing "unprofessional" about compiling your own Apache if you have a valid administrative or business reason for doing so. For anyone to suggest that this is ...
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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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Why is there so much focus on low-quality questions at-large?

In very short words: SF is a site for professional system administrators exclusively and we don't want non-professional questions. Low quality questions are by definition non-professional. This is a ...
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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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I think we're overdoing "that's not professional" comments

Old software versions are a fact of life at many companies. Just today I was at a client who is running every version of SQL Server from SQL 2000 through 2012. SQL 2000 is dead, Microsoft won't ...
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Why is there so much focus on low-quality questions at-large?

where we came in? There is always a focus on quality not just at election time, SE is supposed to be a repository of high quality Q&A. Perhaps I am missing some relevant history. Yes, lots, ...
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Is it just me or is the quality of questions on SF declining?

You only noticed this in the past few months. Which stone have you been hiding under for the last couple of years or more? Perception is reality. For all of their high falluten words about quality ...
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On the paucity of voting

I've made 682 votes so far this year, roughly about 4/day. However, I've trailed off considerably over the last 2 months, both in voting and in activity. For reference, I asked a similar style ...
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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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I think we're overdoing "that's not professional" comments

I sort of agree with your thoughts... One notable exception however: Using old software, out of support, shouldn't make a Question automatically off-topic. But when that lack of support is the heart ...
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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

The comment in question is this one: Perhaps from your theoretical distance, you can smugly confirm yourself in believing that refactoring this huge, ugly codebase is going to be easier than ...
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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

Your comment was flagged as being rude and deleted for that reason. Please take note of what we consider acceptable behavior: Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. ...
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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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Feature Request: Question Approval Queue

There is only a very small number of users who actual actively look at the review queues. What I see happening is this: User posts question User does not read the notice about how there is a wait ...
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Are we professionals or...?

No, Server Fault is no longer for professionals it is for professional quality questions. That many, if not most people asking questions fail even, to make that standard is regrettable. It is ...
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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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Are we professionals or...?

As the moderator concerned, on occasion I let the community do their part too... You, and everybody else with sufficient reputation in the community, can cast close votes and should do so when you ...
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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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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

A comment such as the one Michael Hampton left doesn't need an impassioned reply. You can simply wait until someone else comes by and answers your question, if they are so inclined. Remember that it ...
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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

Dude. It sounds like you're stressed out--I would be, too, if I were given that task--but this is not how you get people to help you. Especially since, well. Michael Hampton has always struck me as ...
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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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On the paucity of voting

I know you're not talking about me, because even though I've been busy/distracted/absent much of the past two months, I'm still #1 for the year. There've been previous questions about this but not ...
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Are we professionals or...?

Not again, please. This has been discussed ad nauseam and really will lead nowhere. There are different views of what SF should be and what the target audience should be, most importantly between a ...
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Are we professionals or...?

My actual question is: what can we do more about this kind of things in order to improve the quality of the website? It does not look like voting and trying to close questions is enough but rather ...
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On the paucity of voting

I voted! I voted 565 times and counting this year. That's what, 4 times a day? It's close to your (arbitrary, I think and mean without offense?) threshold of 5. I recently introduced a coworker of ...
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On the paucity of voting

Heres my frank answer(s). I'm not by any stretch suggesting these are reasonable answers. But, thats how content consumption goes on the internet. Questions I've seen so many of the same question (...
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