One of the huge positives I've seen at UX is the attitude of helpfulness in the community here. I'd like to think it's because professional empathy and exploring problems is part of the DNA of the UX profession, but I think it's probably also influenced largely by the comparatively smaller size of the UX/SE community versus others.
By comparison, I consider SO today to be a pretty hostile place for many community members, and I have stopped answering questions on SO as a result.
The purpose of this question is not to denigrate SO, but rather to ask whether we should be trying to use the positive opportunity to learn from SO's growth curve and see if there are approaches to moderation and question-scoping that can help maintain a positive culture of helpfulness at UX.
I will note that one of the problems with the SE system is, it measures and rewards correct answers quantitatively but does not measure the systemic cost to the community of hostile culture or jerks. In a normal team environment (e.g. company or club), such individuals are typically reprimanded or fired for their cost to the system, whereas it's harder to create an analogous approach here.
With this considered, my specific question is: have we analyzed the negative aspects of SO culture (and in particular, the dynamics of what happened) and considered whether we want to change our approach to admin/moderation here on UX?
This isn't a broad question....it can be answered with a Yes or No, but obviously more color would help.