This is, of course, a response to [gestures broadly at everything].
One recurring theme in the discussions about these issues, reflected even in the headline of the article in the Register, is that the main incidents being discussed occurred in private and cannot be publicized without breaking Stack Exchange policy. This has led to conflicting accounts from different parties who were able to witness them.
And, prior to Monica Cellio's dismissal, Aza's resignation post refers somewhat obliquely (in my opinion) to private conversations and actions leading to her resignation. In a comment, she wrote,
Unfortunately I don't think I can be much clearer without posting message logs.
What I would like to know is, do the benefits of having separate communal areas for moderators, particularly the Teacher's Lounge, outweigh the lack of transparency entailed in this privacy?
This has been discussed a little before, and I found the concerns in this answer from 2012 rather prescient. But I have not seen an existing discussion of why the Teacher's Lounge and other private areas for moderators exist.
I do understand that moderation requires dealing with sensitive material, and that moderators may wish to discuss sensitive issues with each other prior to taking action in some cases.
But it seems to me that there is a degree to which moderators form a separate, private sub-community, one where, apparently, quite a bit of drama is hidden from the public eye. I am not sure I see the advantage of this, and I don't see why it is a necessary aspect of moderation. For instance, having a public channel where only moderators can post would still provide a way for moderation decisions to be discussed without non-mod interference, but it would automatically increase transparency of the moderator community.
Even having a separate private channel for discussing things that, for one reason or another, must be private, in addition to a public moderator "lounge" channel for general discussion, seems like it would facilitate keeping sensitive information private while giving interested members of the community the ability to see how the moderator community operates and behaves.