The title belongs to a blog post is trending today on Hacker News. Thousands of people are looking at it as I write this.
I often feel that biology.se is destined to be a minor player compared to Reddit and other forums. The idea that the site is primarily about creating a reference for the web as opposed to answering questions pushes people out.
Its short - here's a relevant bit:
It was an extremely popular post and one of the go to places on the internet to learn more about the sun.misc.Unsafe class and how it is used inside most modern libraries. It had been viewed over 40,000 times. Most discussions on the web related to the Unsafe class would refer to this post.
However, the mods at StackOverflow deemed it was not 'question worthy' enough. First they locked it prevent more answers and have now completely deleted it from StackOverflow. This was after me trying to change the title to suit the mods' requirements and countless comments on the post to not remove it.
To me a mod should be capable of doing a bit of extra work to help newbies edit questions to the point that they are readable or just letting them go until someone with the skills to answer a difficult question can come help out.
Banning and deleting and pushing the question to other SE sites should be used, in my opinion, much more rarely than it is now.
It gives the impression its run by pedants rather than helpful people. What's more, when the mods are trying to draw sharp boundaries about what they consider biology, it makes the site extra lame.
If molecular biology and biology departments in the top tier universities differ with the mods as to what is biology who is 'right'?