Another one bites the dust. Bit of a non-entity, so who cares really. Even on the old Forum, even though I'd been a reader since 2004 & a member since 2006, I only had about 150 posts. But it was good fun. Whereas what this is, is shit.
So I'm kind of indifferent about, well, most of the technical issues with this discourse thing. I generally agree with the whole, "if you can post, then post" thing. To be honest I don’t even mind the infinite scrolling that much. Its annoyingly slow on the mobile and juddery even on the PC, but meh, I can live with it.
I don't suppose this post will make any difference to anything, but WTF, might as well make my exit interview observations.
I'll diverge a little. My StackOverflow account, also about 5 years old I think, has only around 25-30 reputation even though I use the site for reference quite a lot (3-6 times / month roughly). And that’s because of this:
I find it for the first time via google and it provides a sound answer to my problem without the expert sex change nonsense - brilliant! I can even upvote the guy who posted the answer! ... need to make an account. Ok no problem. Now, upvote. What? WTF? I need to ask subjectively good questions or provide subjectively good answers before I’m allowed to say “thanks” to this guy for a good answer? And you will arbitrarily decide at what point I’m allowed to do that, how many fucking gold stars the teacher gives out before I can pat someone on the back for being helpful. Right, screw that.
Some time later, I read an answer to a SQL question that’s dangerous – in some circumstances it won’t behave in a manor that fixes the actual problem – Downvote! Oh. Right. Some higher arbitrary amount of fucking gold stars. Never mind – comment to warn people. What? What the fucking fuck? Another fucking stupid arbitrary limit before I can even make comments?!? So also then, I can’t even ask people to elaborate if I think I can fix their problem until … oh forget it. I’m not a moron, I don’t like to be treated like one by some cock running a FAQ site.
You get the idea. Some people seem to relish the whole Stack reputation thing (Jon Skeet, heh), I fucking hate it for the micromanaging, patronising, horrible bullshit nonsense that it is. You can’t do that yet, you need to suck a few more cocks before we’ll let you do this, teacher doesn't like you enough yet. And the e-peen waving, and bickering over rep. – someone else’s arbitrary counter! - truly dreadful.
And now it’s infected what used to be my favourite forum. Patronising yellow pop-ups telling me how to post, limits to what I can do within certain time frames because the community doesn't like/trust/whatever me enough yet (in the software author’s megalomanic opinion), maximum thresholds on how often I can do the other. Et-fucking-cetera.
Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but it’s a toxic trend, and I want nothing more to do with it. It's very sad, but I suppose, "all good things".