I read the blog, I re-read it, I made notes and re-read it again, I walked away and then re-read it for a fifth and sixth time. I still found none of my concerns addressed (see end).
First, there will always be a part of me that loves Stack Exchange. It has been therapy for me and given me the opportunity to meet the characters of the Python room. Even if many of the ones I worked with, many of those closest to my field, have left - I still have fun with the Data Scientists, Physicists who claim not to be programmers (even if their Py knowledge is insane), and Human or Canine Ninjas, and it has directly help me progress in my own education.
I have sssooo many points, I cannot make them all. So I will simply start with Jobs: I have never, in all my contract work, found a single job using SO and only two leads, from the start of SO.Jobs, offering in my area/field. I'd wonder if that's just my area but I still see nothing for developers, no data scientists, no data engineers (again, my field), no jobs, no anything in the technical field within your own job posting - linked within the Blog. The jobs are primarily marketing people and sales peoples. So, I'm sorry SE is not likely a place you would find us applying - those of us in the actually field of computer science, information systems, and information technology. Have you forgotten your heart? Have you forgotten you were built by developers? engineers? IT people? IS people? those of us who live, breath, and on good weeks even taste what it is to be in the industry of technology?
I am now in my 20th (not consecutive, there was a break for war) year in the IT/IS industry. I have begun teaching others just starting on their journey. A question I keep finding myself asking is: "Should I point them towards SO?". I don't mean this in the sense of "will they use SO to cheat?" but in the sense that I will give my students as many advantages as I can and "IS SO AN ADVANTAGE?". Once, this would be an easy call - now? The welcoming initiative, the way it was conducted, the lack of calls for developers in a system that almost begs for data people, for web developers, looking at a system that is losing questions more rapidly than has been acknowledged (2018: a year in asking and answering) - why would I point them towards SO? Just why would I point them to something that is losing its prominence and not even looking for people within the fields they aspire to and I live in. None of these are addressed.
Finally, I still have seen nothing from higher up on how it is treating its current userbase. Until I see that or a change within posts like this which truly acknowledges this (not with words - we are long past that and I will not forget - but within hiring, within corporate structure) it is impossible to trust anything said by the company.
SE no longer represents developers, data engineers, data scientists, or other coders. Its sub-sites (including SO) may but SE as a corporation has lost its connection with the IT/IS/Technology community and posts like this which link to Job offerings by SE which completely lack mid or higher technical positions (with only one entry-level IT position listed) - just point to how far away they've drifted from their original audience.
I tried to post this to the blog but comments are either disabled or otherwise filtered such that this will not get through, so I have posted here. If there is a question it is this:
How will SE address its disregard to current users and lack of focus on the IT/IS industry which was once its heart?
Earlier stated Concerns about SE policy (please don't upvote on meta unless you agree, "I said what I mean, I mean what I said" agree/disagree as you will):