Yes, these initiatives are absolutely worth considering
Some of the things said in Jay Hanlon's post are absolutely fair criticisms of BH.SE:
We trained users to tell other users what they're doing wrong, but we didn't provide new folks with the necessary guidance to do it right. We failed to give our regular users decent tools to review content and easily find what they're looking for. We sent mixed messages over the years about whether we're a site for "experts" or for anyone who codes."
It’s built on mechanics and norms that push people away if they don’t know the ins-and-outs. Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be told that they did it wrong. They get snarky or condescending comments for ... [the way they ask]. They get an answer… but the answerer gets scolded for “encouraging ‘low-quality’ questions.” They get downvoted, but don’t know why, or called lazy for not speaking English fluently. Or sometimes, everything actually goes well, and they get an answer! So they thank the poster… only to be told that on Stack Overflow, “please” and “thank you” are considered noise. All these experiences add up to making Stack Overflow a very unwelcoming place for far too many.
I might argue that BH.SE does a better job telling other users what they're doing wrong than other sites with our "Welcome" message. But in my opinion, the "Welcome" message does a good job telling new users what not to do, but does a poor job telling users what to do. I think the biggest reason for this is probably the character limit however. But undoubtedly, this community suffers from these probelms. We have particularly had an issue being inclusive of Jewish Exegetes in the past.
So let's consider...
Unfortunately, Jay's post is short on plans (at this time) to combat these issues. And furthermore, what little is there doesn't really help this community. Breaking questions into:
- “What did you want to happen?”
- “What actually happened? (Include any error details)”
- “Paste the shortest block of code that reproduces the problem. (We’ll format it!)”
- “Describe what you’ve tried so far (including searches, etc.)”
Simply isn't going to help BH.SE or work for our format.
So, my question here is, we can consider these things, but how is SE going to change the format, the tour, the feedback system, moderatorship, etc. to make these desired goals part of the fundamental DNA of the site? As it stands now, they are just asking us to do this and make it part of our workflow when community moderating. I question whether that will be enough. I don't think anyone here intends to be a jerk now. So without some changes to the function of the site, I'm not sure anything can really change.