I'm trying to come to grips with exactly what UX is and how it relates to my interests. So please allow me to get a bit meta here (without getting shunted off onto the meta forum).
I think stackexchange sites are great and use them a lot. But what would the UX discipline have to say about their limitations?
Having been asked for a more specific question, let's define some goals for the UX design of stackexchange.
- [SE's stated goal] to provide high quality Q&As for its communities
- [a deliberately broader one] To maximise the likelihood of valuable human-human interaction (via the internet) within the context of the topics discussed on each site
Can the SE framework (voting behaviour, reputation, mod policies, etc etc) be evaluated against those goals? I'll admit that (2) is a tough benchmark to use as it's not even SE's stated design principle, but it's certainly of huge importance to the community.
I'm also more interested in limitations as I think I already know the many positives. (Or do I? Is there stuff I'm missing? That would make for an interesting answer too).