Answers to Questions I missed
@moshe RE: Good and Bad Questions
What is your experience programming Algol in Tuscany in the dark?
This is an amalgamation of every bad and pointless question. It asks for opinion without context, places it in a particular locale, about an awfully old language, and adding an extra variable (in the dark) that few would find applicable to their daily lives. A question is going to have to be about that bad for me to consider closing it.
Who should be the patron saint of programmers? I asked this question because there are other questions about unions, and one said something about guilds and that a guild would be a better way to organize programmers. And since programmers are often organized under a patron, I thought it was an applicable question. It got closed as off topic and in my opinion, it would be the most topical sort of thing possible
@Michael RE: things you wouldn't want a diamond next to
I regret a few of the things I've said and done on the website. They'd certainly paint the site in an unfavorable light, assuming someone was going to pay for ads on the site. But I'm not sure anyone is too concerned about that. I'd certainly be more apt to bite my tongue, but this still oughta be a fun place and I wouldn't change who I am!
@Justin RE: Speed and thought in moderation
I would be slow and methodical in my actions, it is my experience that messing with a question in the first 10 minutes of it's existence can seriously jeopardize or enhance it's ability to get good answers. I'd never blame the asker for getting awful answers. The problem with this site is that we're really more peers than experts and good answers on this site are a lot more like good answers in an interview than good answers in an encyclopedia.
@instanceoftom RE: what's your favorite... questions
I don't really see the harm in what is your favorite being asked. Just substitute 'favorite' for 'best' or 'most award winning' in your mind and get over it
@rebecca Re: mods closing questions.
Other mods would know that I'm in favor of nearly all cheese and mirth questions, so if they unilaterally close questions as off topic / not constructive then they can pretty much expect me to have a problem with that. Any other close reasons, spam, rants, etc... if they get there first, that's OK. I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize the harmony of the site.
@Justin RE: Low turnout.
I'm not surprised, most people don't want to get into the politics. I've posted a lot of stuff on meta that individually a lot of people on the parent site would have agreed with had they actually read it - but on the meta site, I'm like the biggest bonehead possible.
@Justin RE: Bringing users to the site.
I'm not really a popular social networker, so I wouldn't do too much of that. The one thing I would try to do is not drive new users off the site.