Now that Jeff Atwood has moved on (see Joel's blog, and Jeff's own), who succeeded 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. ;) Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 9:21
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    @Matt If they're to replace Jeff, those would be CTO elections; Joel's the CEO.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 9:29
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    This is exactly what we're all wondering. I vote for waffles.
    – Benjol
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 10:00
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    @Andrew Saffron-coloured waffles, of course.
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 13:20
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    @casperOne: You power-mad moderator. Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 13:21
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    @casperOne That might tempt me to replace the question with an entirely new one ;)
    – razlebe
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 13:21
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn Power mad, with too-narrowly-scoped power. That's a problem.
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 13:25
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    @razlebe Edit wars FTW.
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 13:25
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    What's the rep requirement to self-nominate for CTO?
    – mmyers
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 14:10
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    @Matt - what about rescinding close votes Commented Feb 7, 2012 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. Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 15:52
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    Maybe we'll finally get some of the important enhancements done. :) Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 18:16

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

Josh "Shog9" Heyer, Stack Overflow user #811, had overall responsibility for Q&A quality and community management, and became the public face of the company on meta sites. As such, he was the closest we had to an "ultimate authority" when it came to community-related decisions.

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

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

None of the above employees still work for Stack Exchange today, but these were the ones who directly replaced Jeff at the time he left.

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

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    +1, but we're a merry band of idiots.
    – user7116
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 15:44
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    at least there's that Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 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) Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 16:15
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    Quite funny how fast @David Fullerton modified his "About me" to read "VP of Engineering".
    – JonH
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 16:16
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    How did Jarrod wind up with a lower number than Joel?
    – Farray
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 16:21
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    @JonH read this, thought "hmm, I should update my About Me"... Commented Feb 7, 2012 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. Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 18:15
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    @JonH: Doesn't matter, there's always this - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/38856/… Commented Feb 7, 2012 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
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 21:01
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    Cool, Shog will (continue to) be awesome I'm sure.
    – user154510
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 5:22
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    You should consider waffles/balpha/marc for the eastern watch :)
    – Benjol
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 6:24
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    @AdamDavis: Community is user -1.
    – hammar
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 16:00

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