Can a system of duress codes be designed for the remaining moderators to signal if, when, and where from any directives are being forced on them?
The post that prompted this was from StackOverflow's meta. Specifically, this one: I'm resigning as a Stack Overflow Community Elected Moderator
The entire question and its subsequent discussion is powerful reading. I've lurked here for a few years and have come to appreciate George Stocker's presence more recognizably than most. This departure announcement has led me to break my silence.
By all appearances, the remaining mods are greatly restricted in what they're allowed to say. Given SO's willingness to go to the press with what seem to be misdirections and half-truths (AND letting those go unretracted for 2+ weeks and counting), I would not be surprised to learn of the existence of significant dirty leverage. Has more doxxing been threatened? Are there lawsuits being waved around?
All trust I've ever had for SO has been shattered and scattered to the wind. As someone who controls the budget for my IT Department, I can safely say that there is no possibility of my ever adopting Teams now. It's a non-starter unless I see a massive turnaround in behavior from SO here - not just saying "we'll do better next time" but actually fixing the damage from their speaking with The Register.
Barring that, I would like to see if we can get an inkling of the nature for the perceived threats over the existing mods. It seems like we should be able to do something of this nature - https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CovertDistressCode?from=Main.DuressCode