Do you have any more specific link to how bad your experience went ? (link to downvoted post or anything else)
Personally, my experience with stackexchange isn’t maybe as far as you, (i learned how to use blender and python a lot of thanks to it)
The documentation generated with answers, and how even questions are modified to fit best reading experience this is excellent on my opinion. I was never faced with any strict moderation.
The main difference between stackexchange and a traditional forum is that for example here you have to read all our conversation to get to the conclusion, and there might not have any conclusion.
Even if i posted a question negatively, with a bad formulation, and in a bad frenglish, the anwser were still good and they corrected my question.
Link me to post where you think all the benefits of this framework turned into ashes?
It’s like some prefer traditional encyclopedia to Wikipedia, yeh, ok, I get it, but why would you only have traditional medium ? Both have their advantages, and one is used by million of users that really prefer it (more info, more language, more links, more popularisation of scientific subjects)
I learned python not because the documentation of python was good, or i found a fantastic course i followed entirely, but because i wanted to do program, and i didn’t knew the syntax, and i searched how to translate my english into python, and usually every question i asked was stackexchange posts.
About blender, when you are a beginner, and for example don’t apply subdiv, or you flip all your normal, or you unintentionally create non-manifold overlapping edges, or you have a bad color transform between software, or you want to recreate a tilt shift effect, or create a dolly zoom, or you want to know what’s best between sculpt + retopo vs hand modeling… there is so many question everyone had when learning a subject, that having short question with short yet really descriptive answer is really cool. Having to read documentation and deduce what you might have done wrong is harder. Having to read long topic of persons debating if sculpted hard surface is bad or not or if baked lighting vs not bake etc… it is awful.
Take example of all these good subject with good answer :
Now try to give me similar result with forums.unrealengine.com
All threads are people just talking with specific issue no one have the anwser.
Even the really bad designed website answers.unrealengine.com can some time give me more results than classic forum.
Don’t get me wrong, i really like forum, just like i really like books, it’s just i also like video and books is just another medium, having both is better !
Tim sometimes make fun of web people struggling to draw svg to the browser. When you have created nanite and lumen, that optimize billions of data to run on runtime, I agree with him.
But when you just didn’t want to use stackexchange as you’re not as open source philosophy as you think (tencet money) and instead of that, you create a closed website where every page take 5 sec to load, the most voted question, and karma system doesn’t work, and you have a so bad moderation that no one use your website as there is no answer, you need to think about what work and what doesn’t.