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Stack Overflow and its user unfriendliness towards newcomers

Stack Overflow recently published the results from their “Developer Survey 2016”.

I thought about giving them some feedback. I went to the top level, clicked on the feedback link and navigated to their What else should we ask developers? question.

Next, I needed to create an account. That being done, it turns out I need at least 50 points of reputation before I can even add a comment to the above question. I need at least 5 points to add an answer with my suggestion. If only this were reversed …

Is this user friendly? Did I feel welcomed as a newcomer? Is this how Stack Overflow wants to get feedback at all?

Sod off, Stack Overflow. You won’t get my suggestion unless someone else gives you what I had in mind.