Ok, no points for guessing why last year's slipped, but we'd like to get back to doing this.
We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and see how the community feels things are going on the site.
This community check-in has been done for the last three years (ignoring 2020), and it was very helpful. As such, we'd like to share our thoughts and also get your feedback on what is going well and what we could improve. The process is modeled heavily on previous years', but for everyone's benefit:
How this specific Q&A is run so that we get good value out of it
One clear premise per answer
We'll post some of the things we've done/observations we have/things we think still need improvement. Please share your thoughts as well! Make sure to note whether you think the thing you're writing about is an improvement, a problem, or some mix of the two (one person might see the same change as bad that you see as good, or vice versa)...
Post only one kind of thing per answer, so that when people upvote/downvote based on whether they agree or not, it's more clearly actionable. If you write an essay about 4 different things, it's not going to be clear what part(s) people agree or disagree with and thus it becomes difficult to act on that feedback. You can, of course, contribute multiple answers.
Upvote or downvote the answers based on your agreement with whether you see that thing happening and whether you concur with the answer's premise (that it's good or it's a problem). (In other words, if someone says "We get too many new users and I hate them," you would upvote if you agree, and downvote if either you don't think we get too many new users or if you don't hate them.)
No long comment threads
If you disagree with an answer, post your own answer; don't argue in comments. If you post more than one comment on an answer, you should consider whether having that discussion in a comment thread here is useful at all. We're interested in overall community sentiment as shown by votes, not so much that one person is so irritated they post 10 comments.
This post isn't the place to workshop solutions - if a particular problem gets a lot of votes, we should open a new meta question to do justice to that issue. Solutions hidden in a comment thread on one of these answers can not be clearly vetted and voted on, so they will tend to remain undone.
As usual, the Code of Conduct, which we’d still like to summarize as Be Nice, applies to meta as well as the main site.
You may strongly disagree with other users or with the mods or whoever, but we trust that you can find ways to express what you like or don't like without being hostile or insulting to others. Focus on actions, rather than characterizing people.
While we may have thoughts on things to bring up, in the interest of actually getting this started they're not gonna be here right away (read: we didn't want to delay this further in order to get those written). Hopefully others have noticed them too, and can beat us to it as well as bring up things we haven't picked up on.