Oh god I miss him so much but he has not been online for more than half a year oh please tell me he is okay, where is Olin? Who will tell me???
Where is the glorious bearded microcontroller man?
He's fine. I spoke with him a few weeks ago, and he's busy with a bunch of other things.
He's been thinking about dropping by EE.SE, but he's well aware that he doesn't see eye-to-eye with the majority of active users (and management) about how bad questions should be handled, and it frustrates him. We'll just have to wait and see what he decides.
Thanks for all the interest. I got fed up with this place in late 2018 and haven't been back since (until just now to update my profile and write this).
Stack Exchange got ever more PC and favored quantity over quality. It seems (I have no special insight) their logic was that clicks generate revenue, so more clicks are better. That means you never want to turn anyone away regardless of quality or noise level.
What they forgot was that this quantity was here because of the quality. The masses come here to get answers to questions. The real long term value of a site is therefore the ability to provide those answers. If you keep treating those that provide this value, for free no less, poorly, they are going to leave. When good answers are no longer to be had, the masses will stop coming with their questions.
Anyway, I'm now over at the brand new (June 2020) electrical engineering site:
The Codidact effort grew out of SE's mistreatment of Monica Cellio, a moderator on other sites. Monica is there and active, and the effort has meanwhile taken on a life of its own.
I and several of the top contributors here helped to get the new EE site on Codidact going. The site was just created, so there is no body of existing questions, and obviously the traffic volume is starting from 0. But, hey, that's a feature! Your question won't get buried under a pile of others before any of the experts have a change to see it.
If you have a EE question, try it out. If you like teaching EE and answering questions, come join us, and maybe mention it in your profile here. We're not going to forget you're the real value of the site that brings in those asking questions. We also don't have to make a buck and provide ROI for investors, so we can be patient while starting from 0.
I look forward to seeing some old friends and new faces over on Codidact!
I've seen Olin's profile suspended for quite a bit of time a few months ago. I too expected him to return back once the suspension is over, and it will indeed be sad if that doesn't happen.
Seeing how clever guys move from Math.SE and Physics.SE to Mathoverflow and Physicsoverflow sometimes makes me think that we need a new site like that for EE. Maybe we can lure Olin there.