I really hate to write a negative review about a site and I will preface what I say by acknowledging there's a lot of great people on this board with valuable information on the workplace. However, I absolutely must protest the culture and attitude a lot of Users portray.
I'd like to begin by telling you about my experience on here. I've been on other boards for well over a year now and decided to ask a question here, the first question I asked was immediately, without comment down-voted without explanation. Annoying, rude and unconstructive, yes, but eventually I managed to get some really useful answers. Answers I acted upon.
Then, yesterday, I dared ask a second question. The top rated answer, the answer the represents what this community thinks could be boiled down to: "You're untrustworthy, you've broken the law, you should be fired and taken to court". Hell, had @kaz got to the point and arranged my public execution I'd have half considered up-voting him for efficiency.
This isn't about my receiving an answer I didn't like, rather the culture of what I perceive to be privileged, self-righteous, authoritarian Users becoming keyboard warrior's when they smell the faintest whiff of blood.
In this particular question the tone of the answer was, frankly, rude, presumptive and borderline tyrannical
If I worked in HR, I would be making a note somewhere never to trust you with access to anything the slightest bit sensitive.
Really? Is this really that big of a breach of trust that none of my previous exploits count for anything? Really, based on this one instance, where I may have been wrong and would absolutely hold my hands up for being so? Really, given although I didn't mention it, nor should have had to, am accountable for terabytes of data? What on Earth is this remark based on? Why this User had to make everything bold like he was writing to a toddler who might struggle to comprehend such an elegant response is also beyond me.
There was, also, a delightfully condescending comment by @PeteCon.
And, of course, you had signed model releases for every identifiable person in every photo? No, thought not.
Leaving aside the notion that a signed model release in this context is complete nonsense, the point here is this person's supercilious approach.
It's also illegal. If somebody (including the company) wanted to sue you for breach of privacy, breach of confidence or violation of data-protection statutes, there would be a valid case. They could definitely fire you for it.
So why am I even bring this to meta? Because, these are my first experiences as a new user on Workplace.
I strongly advise anyone who reads this to read this article. I even made the word "strongly" bold, so you know I mean business. But the main premise revolves around...
Stack Overflow hates new users
Stack Overflow also hates most other users
To me, replace Stack Overflow with Workplace and I'd argue it correlates nicely. Evidently this is a known problem as, during this boards election questions include:
- How do you deal with flaring tensions between answerers and commenters with widely differing opinions?
- Recent discussions on meta and in chat have raised concerns about rudeness and other non-constructive behavior on The Workplace. Do you think we have a problem in this area? If so, what will you as a moderator do to address it?
Look, nobody is forcing you to apply and get a job. You don't want to play by the rules, fine. Just don't whine here on this site. Nobody has time for that.
It's also been additionally recognised by moderator @MonicaCellio:
I have seen an increase in rudeness on this site over the last year.
It's difficult to find additional examples once a post has been ruthlessly sanitised by a moderator, but given the above, it's patently an issue the community is aware of and echos many criticisms highlighted in the article linked above. Whether or not it's answers or comments, I've seen on countless occasions devolution to something I'd expect to read in YouTube's comments.
So what am I going to do about it?
Initially I completely separated my workplace account with any other account I use out of concern toxicity might follow me elsewhere.
I've also wrote to have this account removed entirely as I genuinely aren't comfortable being associated with somewhere that has the potential to be so malignant, let alone participate.
I'd strongly advise people to remember that written information doesn't come with clarity of emotion. Something written sarcastically can easily be taken literally. Unless, those who have worked in HR for so long they've lost the last remnants of humanity they once held. ;)