It's been +10 years since I signed up in that platform. It was a nice response to other Q&A popular site that used dark patterns to capitalize on its community and favored closed knowledge.
Nowadays I'm not into stackoverflow so much, but based on the community feedback, It's a dystopia. It looks like they lost control, so much focus in their businesses
skimmed through some recent meta posts that show the discontent with SO management
aguante experts-exchange no importa nada
"It’s strange, isn’t it? The ideology of capitalism is that it is a system that generates immense abundance (so much stuff!). But in reality it is a system that relies on the constant production of scarcity.
This conundrum was first noticed back in 1804, and became known as the Lauderdale Paradox. Lauderdale pointed out that the only way to increase “private riches” (basically, GDP) was to reduce what he called “public wealth”, or the commons. To enclose things that were once free so that people have to pay in order to access them. To illustrate, he noted that colonialists would often even burn down trees that produced nuts and fruits so that local inhabitants wouldn’t be able to live off of the natural abundance of the earth, but would be forced to work for wages in order to feed themselves. "
Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance
A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.
Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.
Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.