I'm not going to take a side on the CoC change, but I am going to discuss where we are now, and maybe a little bit about how we got here.
Somebody made the determination that there were inclusivity issues in SE, and, to their merit, the community decided to take this on, and make things better. I have no problems with this.
That said, it doesn't feel like we've reached our happy place as a result. Maybe that will come, maybe it won't. I think most will agree that this rollout has been less than optimal.
That's not real surprising, as this type of stuff is hard -- which brings me to my question.
Is there anyone on the SE staff with credibility in such endeavors?
Heart surgery is hard. As much as I would like to be able to help people who need heart surgery, I'm not qualified to actually do such surgery. The best I can do is point someone to a qualified heart surgeon, and maybe I can help them pay for it. I wouldn't attempt to do heart surgery if unqualified, as managers of a major web presence shouldn't take on social engineering without knowing what they're doing.
So, as my faith in the staff to bring us to the other side of this issue wanes, I'm asking about whether anyone actually has any formal training or credentialing in managing such situations (maybe something like restorative justice practices)? The FAQ, to me, looks like the chosen management approach to the new sentence in the CoC (which in and of itself, seems fine, but the devil is in the details) will cause more conflict than it solves, and it looks like this will get worse before it gets better.
If the right expertise is not in place, I humbly suggest that it's time to find some, maybe the right contractor, maybe a staff member. Indeed, we're looking down the barrel of three issues as major as I've seen in years on the stack; the CoC, the license change, and inappropriate ads for revenue. It simply doesn't feel like we're (i.e., the community, of which I consider myself a part) are properly geared up for this level of conflict.
So, as a member of the community who is feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the direction I see the community going, can somebody convince me that we have the collective skills to see us through this?