There's no need to rehash the issues that have led to a lack of trust between the employees of Stack Exchange, Inc and the members of the community. Suffice it to say that astoundingly they continue to assert that they know better than the community about how its sites should work and, instead of apologizing and reinstating Monica have demanded that she go through a process with no transparency, due process, or involvement from the community. Monica has refused to participate.
Has the time has come for Stack Exchange, Inc to spin off the community and all the data needed to keep the sites running to a separate non-profit, who would then in turn license the software from the company?
What's in it for the community?
- The community can practice self determination for issues from as basic as the number of moderators they have to as fundamental as the policies they enforce.
- If the company development continues to be unresponsive to the community's needs, the community would be able to develop its own open source software that would meet its needs.
- They can find their own funding model instead of having ads imposed on them.
What's in it for the company?
- Community actions will no longer reflect on the company.
- Interaction with the community as a customer may come more naturally to current leadership than the present paradigm.
- They don't have to worry about paying for the community's operating expenses.
- They can focus on doing one thing well.