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Catija Jon Ericson

Back in May, Jon interviewed me (Catija) while we were both in NYC for a meetup. Serendipitously, I get to share it with y'all on the one-year anniversary of my first day working for Stack Exchange. The interview was a lot of fun to do and I hope you enjoy listening to it!



Some users have generously volunteered to transcribe episodes on the podcast wiki.


Jon Ericson interviewed several community managers at our most recent meet-up. There were three questions:

  1. What, if anything, gets you excited about your job?
  2. How did your life experience before Stack Exchange prepare you for this role?
  3. What is your favorite site?

We're running these interviews for the summer (or winter, if you are in the southern hemisphere) and we'll be back to the regular format around August.

What do you think?

Take a listen and respond in the answers below.

  • Slack ping at 13... Jul 23, 2019 at 12:36
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    Does this sound familiar? Jul 23, 2019 at 13:57
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    @AnneDaunted Sounds about right... if a bit robotic.
    – Catija
    Jul 23, 2019 at 14:21
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    "catija" being pronounced "catiya" is valid in German and Slovenian :D
    – lucasgcb
    Jul 23, 2019 at 15:38
  • @lucasgcb I always pronounced Catija as catiya to myself, when reading!
    – gmauch
    Jul 23, 2019 at 18:50
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    This is supremely quotable. E.g.: 11 min 35 secs: "The meta experience is inherent to who we are" -- Catija (slightly paraphrased) Jul 23, 2019 at 20:01
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    And at 11 min 07 secs: "Meta Stack Exchange is for me the epitome of what our network is. And what our community is." -- Catija (to be very strict, also paraphrashed) Jul 23, 2019 at 20:08
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    05 min 29 secs: "Our site is one-to-one interaction between a person with a question and a person with an answer. And then that goes out broadly to everybody who cares to look at it. ... That is what we do." -- Catija Jul 23, 2019 at 20:52
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    @PeterMortensen I know it was a typo but I love the word "paraphrashed" [parafrashed] I'm gonna use that whenever someone mangles a quote or takes an expression out of context. Absolutely brilliant! :) Jul 24, 2019 at 8:19
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    Congratulations with your first work anniversary! I loved your answers on the interview, great podcast episode. Jul 24, 2019 at 12:42
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    Regarding the tangential short discussion about whether product recommendations are successful on the network (shortly after the 10 minute mark), Mi Yodeya has a product-recommendation tag with 830 questions. Around 83% of them have answers, and only 6% of them are closed, so I guess it can work in certain circumstances.
    – Alex
    Jul 26, 2019 at 2:01
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    @lucasgcb Indeed... Katya is also the standard diminutive for Yekatarina (Katherine) in Slavic languages! Jul 29, 2019 at 13:58


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