It's clear that StackOverflow is the literal and meaningful precedent for many users on this site. But SO is an immense project with thousands of users, as many opinions, and both good and bad traits. Which ones are good? Which ones carry over?
I raise this question because:
People use SO as both the canonical example of what we should do and what we should avoid. SO isn't always right, nor should we expect it to be. But which traits are worth copying?
Some aspects of SO are specific to the coding community, to coders, to the unique demands of the profession. Cooking is in some ways a very different kind of act. But which traits are universal and which unique?
Below I listed traits or moderation choices from SO as individual answers. If you think that perspective of SO is accurate, vote it up. If you think that perspective is inaccurate, vote it down.
I'm not trying to encourage false-dichotomies, that anything was 'all' good or bad. The idea is to simply answer: what happened on SO, what worked, what do we want to copy.