I'm a half active user who has been mildly contributing to SO and SE, and I have watched the recent conflict arise over the last few weeks. Frankly, it disgusts me.
I'm not your top-of-the-bar high-rep user, I'm just an averagely contributing user, with a few answers here and there and some edits occasionally. I enjoy this casual participation and I have for the past year.
With the recent events I've started to lose faith in the platform. I positively contribute, like millions of others out there, and yet the company releases outlandish decisions and fails to listen/respond to the community. It's getting harder and harder for me to do my traditional contributions knowing there is a fire in the background that just keeps growing.
Here's my question that I'm asking as an average (not significant) contributor. What is my incentive to stay and continue to participate?
The reason I used to stay was because I liked the platform and I liked how democratic it was. But recently it seems like it's gone all down the drain. There's definitely better uses of my time and I can help others on other platforms more effectively.
This question really addresses the company as a whole: if you expect me to help others on your platform, then why won't you treat me (and the other users that do a whole lot more than I do) correctly?
Note: I'm not expecting a response from SE here. It would be great if they responded but that's probably not going to happen. So I'd also like to hear the community's thoughts.