Pls excuse the use of language/words, would try to make myself as clear as possible.
Just wanted to express some of my thoughts regarding “Discourse” and its co-founder Jeff Atwood (CodingHorror), thoughts, which will not be allowed to be written on Meta(.discourse.org)
No doubt he has given the world a great product. Free of cost. And I’m not writing this piece against him. No.
But I don’t know, why is he so disciplined (just short of arrogant), that he scares people away from asking anything. The people/Meta visitors, who are unable to understand what type of queries does he want on his site and what type not, must be, at least, many.
Take my example, it may have happened that I wrote one or two innocent posts, which somehow were considered noise by them. But after that, he has so bent upon scaring me away from meta, that I now find it very difficult even to ask for permission to write something.
A few days ago, when I was in much dilemma, as to how can I keep my product/discourse website working without getting some help on Meta, I wrote a few lines to the meta team seeking guidance as why are they deleting almost every post of mine, which is 100% under the site guidelines (and similar level queries are being asked by all others, all the time). But they even deleted that personal query also, without any reply.
Now, I very much know that I can’t ask ‘that doubt’ on Meta. That’ll be at least be deleted immediately, and at the most, I also may be banned from the site.
Summary of all this is that: They are behaving more absurd than FB (who is million times bigger than them), who don’t bother to tell their users how they want them to behave.
I can even pay 10-20 dollars to someone, who could just tell me what was the wrong in my posts which are deleted every time so insultingly. And besides insult, every time my post is deleted, I feel as if I’m going 1 step more close to being banned from the site. Which I’m afraid of very very much. After all, at my small level, I can’t get another forum software built for myself. Nor can I pay big fees to get the same maintained by someone else.
So, this is the story, which I just wanted to share with someone.
I again would iterate that I am sure that Jeff’s character has at least 20 times more good points than this bad one. But this bad one is REALLY, HEAVILY bad one!!!
P.S.: I’ve read at least one other post, from an intelligent and a good programmer type of person, who cited this behavior of Jeff Atwood, and called him arrogant ** (which I would never). But since that was when I had just started using Discourse, I didn’t keep note of that forum (but I can tell that was a big forum, like reddit or something like that).
I was so worried about writing about him, I thought many times before finally deciding to write this topic. Say its my weakness, but I had started making the same opinion about all ‘Discourse’ based forums, lest their admin might behave the same way (that they may ban you if you happen to write something, which isn’t liked by the admin), as Jeff Atwood does.