I can understand that as a for-profit and venture backed corporate entity, Stack Overflow Inc. has to make money and/or make a nice exit, even if it means ... antagonizing the very community that forms the bedrock of its success.
But recently, watching all the dramas unfolding, I have the feeling that Stack Overflow the company is hell bent on antagonizing the community for the sake of... antagonizing them, no other purpose. Its recent actions certainly don't help them winning more sales and money. It's as if the Company has been taking a perverted pleasure in inflicting as much pain as possible on the community, even at the expense of its own self.
The first and foremost example is, of course, the firing of a very popular moderator, and steadfastly refused to explain to her or anyone the reason while at the same time, pouring dirt on her in the public.
What could Stack Overflow Inc. hope to gain from this?
And then, a few days after the incident, a Stack Overflow employee came out with a non-apology "apology" that "promised to do better next time", which I (and maybe a lot of other people also) interpreted as another veiled attempt to justify the firing ("we did the right thing but chose the wrong timing"). Considering that this was the first post five days after the incident, one can conclude that the management had thought long and hard about the issue. The post is just a summary of their stand.
But again, I don't see the purpose except to just inflame the community.
The whole brouhaha started because of the gender neutral pronunciation issue; apparently Stack Overflow Inc. deemed that the issue of misgendering on the sites are serious enough to demand an action (why Stack Overflow Inc., a network of Q&A sites mainly focus on technical questions, should even care about gender pronunciation, is completely beyond me) . And then mod firing controversy arose out of it and to many (including me), it became a much bigger issue that the Company should tackle, if the Company has not lost a sense of priority.
But before the Company had conclusively resolved the burning issue, it came out with a change in the Code of Conduct; the Company should know full well that it would generate a lot more questions because it was done without proper consultation with the community, despite its earlier promise to do so. Unsurprisingly the announcement garnered a lot of downvotes.
Why push out a change in Code of Conduct so hastily?
What is happening to Stack Overflow Inc.? Can the management explain what is going on in their mind, so that we are better prepared next time for the whatever that come may?
Note: this is not a question with opinion-based answer—because all it takes is that one definitive answer from the management.