I don’t want to shy away from the critical observations of SO since I think that these need to be addressed and corrected. Some behaviors are indeed indefensible, and it was never my intention to defend them.
I’m trying to defend SO as a whole and a platform. It’s done and continues to do a lot of positive, and I think that the observations on the bad have unfortunately outshined the good as of late. I agree it’s not just SO that has these kinds of problems.