Now that Jeff Atwood is moving on (see Joel's blog, and Jeff's own), who will be succeeding him as the ultimate authority over feature requests, change requests, cross-site policy, and the like?

To be perfectly clear, I'm aiming this question at the Stack Exchange management who will be (presumably) filling the void left by Jeff with other team members.

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    Well...make a [feature-request] and see who'll show up. ;) – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 7 '12 at 9:15
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    +1, I'm very curious too, but his seat's more than still warm: though he opens his blog post by referring to his leaving in the present tense, Jeff's next sentence explains that he's not officially gone until the end of the month. – Jeremy Feb 7 '12 at 9:16
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    Queue CEO elections. My manifesto includes allowing multiple "@"'s, removing the Problem filter, rewarding duplicate finders and better feedback for suggested edits, deleted posts etc etc. – Matt Feb 7 '12 at 9:21
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    @Matt If they're to replace Jeff, those would be CTO elections; Joel's the CEO. – Jeremy Feb 7 '12 at 9:29
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    This is exactly what we're all wondering. I vote for waffles. – Benjol Feb 7 '12 at 10:00
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    @Andrew Saffron-coloured waffles, of course. – Pekka Feb 7 '12 at 10:23
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    Very tempted to wipe the comments and place "me" as the sole comment at the top (with all the rest to follow). – casperOne Feb 7 '12 at 13:20
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    @casperOne: You power-mad moderator. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 7 '12 at 13:21
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    @casperOne That might tempt me to replace the question with an entirely new one ;) – razlebe Feb 7 '12 at 13:21
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn Power mad, with too-narrowly-scoped power. That's a problem. – casperOne Feb 7 '12 at 13:25
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    @razlebe Edit wars FTW. – casperOne Feb 7 '12 at 13:25
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    What's the rep requirement to self-nominate for CTO? – mmyers Feb 7 '12 at 14:10
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    @Matt - what about rescinding close votes – Adam Rackis Feb 7 '12 at 15:25
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    As an erstwhile noisy [useless-feature]-requestor I must hereby tell Jeff a public "I sincerely apologize" for my naive suggestions, one of which I personally found out is a fiasco(pushing asking-users to choose a best answer, because I just asked a Q that got an annoying "PICK ME Z BEST ANSWER" as a comment. ) I would pay for a helicopter to drop-down cargo boxes of Krispy Kreem unto you Jeff, well I mean.. like near you of course. AAAND that's all for my internets today, my quotas full, back 2 school. – Caffeinated Feb 7 '12 at 15:52
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    Maybe we'll finally get some of the important enhancements done. :) – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 7 '12 at 18:16

Because we massively overworked Jeff as a matter of corporate policy, and because he wore big clown-like shoes, it will take at least three people to fill his shoes completely.

Josh "Shog9" Heyer, Stack Overflow user #811, has overall responsibility for Q&A quality and will be the public face of the company on metas. As such he's the closest we have to an "ultimate authority". Since he's usually right, I recommend listening to him.

Jarrod Dixon, Stack Overflow user #3, is now the lead of the core development team which works on the code that runs the Stack Exchange Q&A platform.

Jarrod reports to David Fullerton, the VP of Engineering for Stack Exchange. David's other responsibilities include the Careers 2.0 platform, Area 51 and the System Administration team (led by Kyle Brandt).

In addition, of course, there are many Stack Exchange employees who participate here actively.

As always, it's a community, and authority derives from you, our users, even if you're sometimes idiots and we have to overrule you.

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    +1, but we're a merry band of idiots. – user7116 Feb 7 '12 at 15:44
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    at least there's that – Joel Spolsky Feb 7 '12 at 15:46
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    Who will be on the podcast with connection issues after March then? Can you get waffles to call in from the prison island? – JNK Feb 7 '12 at 15:50
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    +10 for us being idiots. Don't delete my 9 sock accounts, please? (even if they only help prove the point) – Andrew Barber Feb 7 '12 at 15:52
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    Heh, I did suggest a Triumvirate to rule the republic earlier today! Although my triumvirate would have contained more yellowy exotic spices. – Pekka Feb 7 '12 at 16:15
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    Quite funny how fast @David Fullerton modified his "About me" to read "VP of Engineering". – JonH Feb 7 '12 at 16:16
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    How did Jarrod wind up with a lower number than Joel? – Farray Feb 7 '12 at 16:21
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    @JonH read this, thought "hmm, I should update my About Me"... – David Fullerton Feb 7 '12 at 16:23
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    mine was the fourth account they made in the database. It's an IDENTITY column, and Jarrod and Geoff were both writing code before I got my account. – Joel Spolsky Feb 7 '12 at 17:38
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    Now see, if you had used GUIDs right at the beginning then people wouldn't complain about user ordering issues. Nothing a little jQuery can't fix, though. But everyone should keep in mind that the community comes first as user #0. – Pollyanna Feb 7 '12 at 18:15
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    @JonH: Doesn't matter, there's always this - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/38856/… – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 7 '12 at 19:57
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    "even if you're sometimes idiots and we have to overrule you." Dude, you totally have that the other way around. – casperOne Feb 7 '12 at 21:01
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    Cool, Shog will (continue to) be awesome I'm sure. – user154510 Feb 8 '12 at 5:22
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    You should consider waffles/balpha/marc for the eastern watch :) – Benjol Feb 8 '12 at 6:24
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    @AdamDavis: Community is user -1. – hammar Feb 9 '12 at 16:00

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