"Too many people experience Stack Overflow¹ as a hostile or elitist place, especially newer coders, women, people of color, and others in marginalized groups.
"Our employees and community have cared about this for a long time, but we’ve struggled to talk about it publicly or to sufficiently prioritize it in recent years. And results matter more than intentions."
When confronted with a particularly vexing programming problem, many developers will head over to Stack Overflow, where (if they’re lucky) they’ll find the solution in one of the site’s question-and-answer threads. But while Stack Overflow is great at presenting programming knowledge, its culture apparently needs to change, according to the people who run it. In an April 26 blog posting, Jay Hanlon, the site’s EVP of Culture and Experience, suggested there are two overarching problems: