Seems like pronoun clarification and proper use of them is very important to the staff of Stack Overflow at this time, based on the firing of a mod over the issue, resulting apologies, scrambling to deal with fallout, stressing of the new CoC and the specific FAQ about pronouns. And yet, SO staff don’t seem to have clarified their pronouns in the ‘About me’ sections of their profiles. Doing so would help normalize pronoun clarification clarification and set an example for real cultural change.
In addition, it seems like many responses to the CoC, and particularly the pronoun use aspect, have been highly negative, and yet there don’t seem to be SO staff defending the CoC.
Finally, beyond the CoC and some dubious machine learning stuff, it doesn’t seem like anything real is being done at SO Inc., such as hiring consultants or experts in culture and inclusivity, conducting internal training, etc. I suggest the situation with Monica Cellio was handled so badly because of a lack of training and understanding on the part of the SO staff that led to what was essentially a panic reaction.
So what is really being done about the culture? Has it just gotten lost in the noise and I missed it?
This post from more than a year ago (and referenced again recently) seems to recognize the problem but mainly calls on the users to act differently to fix it. It only mentions creating and internal team of existing employees to work on it.
This one mainly seems to talk about new tools, and also seems to put the onus on the community. I don’t think tools create culture.
And this one talks about machine learning, the new CoC, and changing site interactions and other technical elements. There’s no mention of how any of these could help with bigotry, holocaust denial, sexism, exclusionary language, or the understanding at the very top of how we got here and what experts say should be done about it.