Preface: I submit myself as a super-enthusiastic Stackexchange user.
My Question: Were two key Jeff Atwood blog entries considered when Workplace.SE was formed?
Although discussion can meander in any topic, the probability of meandering goes up as the technical difficulty of the topic goes down. After all, the greater the technical difficulty, the fewer participants can really follow what's going on. Those who can are likely to be the most experienced developers, who have already taken part in such discussions thousands of times before, and know what sort of behavior is likely to lead to a consensus everyone can live with. Thus, consensus is hardest to achieve in technical questions that are simple to understand and easy to have an opinion about, and in "soft" topics such as organization, publicity, funding, etc. People can participate in those arguments forever, because there are no qualifications necessary for doing so, no clear ways to decide (even afterward) if a decision was right or wrong, and because simply outwaiting other discussants is sometimes a successful tactic. The principle that the amount of discussion is inversely proportional to the complexity of the topic has been around for a long time, and is known informally as the Bikeshed Effect.
If the consensus is something akin to:
No, these blog entries were not considered. In fact Workplace.SE is a different bird. We actually encourage these types of questions.
...Then I don't think that there's really a place for me on this site. I'll just continue to consume the other amazing properties on the Stackexchange network.
But if the consensus is closer to:
Yes, these blog entries were considered, and we're trying our best to uphold the spirit of Jeff Atwood's guidance.
...Then maybe we have something to talk about.
- @Anna Lear explained why my one and only question was closed as 'Not Constructive', and I appreciate that.
- Now I'm trying to understand why other questions on this site are "considered" more constructive, and if in fact, Jeff Atwood's blog entries were considered.
- I think we all need to be mindful of the Programmers.SE reboot.