Stack Exchange concerns

The Stack Exchange network is currently embroiled in controversy regarding:

  1. relicensing existing questions and answers to CC-BY-SA 4.0, and
  2. upcoming (not yet public!) changes to the code of conduct apparently relating to trans inclusivity, together with removal of moderator status from an apparently well-respected moderator.

Links for both are below, in case you haven’t seen them yet.  I find both situations concerning.

I am also worried by the apparent removal by Stack Exchange of pertinent information from the Internet Archive!  See this comment and replies.  If you do investigate these matters, please save copies of the pages you visit to your local machine.  I have done so, and have some PDFs if you need copies.

If you are able, please encourage Stack Exchange to release documents related to both of these situations.  Thank you!

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What are the Most Disliked Programming Languages? – Stack Overflow Blog

Should I be worried?  The three most-disliked programming languages in  Stack Overflow’s latest blog post are Perl, Delphi, and VBA.  And those three languages all have a special place in my heart.  Oops…

Perl I have been enjoying recently and VBA is most of my day-to-day coding (since what they actually pay me for is driving MS Office).  Delphi remains the only piece of software I have ever bought based on one marketing presentation.  After QBASIC, I moved up to Turbo Pascal 6.  When Delphi came out, I only had to see it on screen to be hooked.

Delphi is also what taught me that the magic in a toolchain is really the linker.  As I was learning C, I was able to write Windows programs using my DOS version of Turbo C++, linked with the Delphi linker.

Excerpts from Stack Overflow’s analysis follow.

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