People need to argue the validity of whether or not the network is breaking the law and if this ok and what should be done about it. Discussion about my intentions, motivations or personality are off topic for the purposes of this discussion.
This question is the next step from this:
and in a similar spirit of this:
As mentioned in this answer, taken from New York State Department of Labor - Division of Labor Standards Frequently Asked Questions:
Any argument defending the Stack Overflow company that the moderator volunteers served for possible education reasons, would be countered by the fact people profited from the site.
It would seem that under the laws of New York, where the company resides, utilising a volunteer or unpaid workforce is contravening the law. It seems moderators should be paid a minimum wage.
Should the people who have worked on the site as moderators form some type of union and take action against the site seeking remuneration?
What are people's thoughts and what should our next steps be?
in response to comments:
It's not a burn the house down sentiment at all.
It's a simple case of finding out if the business is breaking the law and that if they are, this needs to be rectified. If they are breaking labour laws, this is not ok. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of the law.
If the company is breaking the law, they shouldn't be breaking the law. It's that simple.