I care about moderators. They are here to make their community a safe and "happy" place. They help newcomers, and they make you feel welcome. They protect you against bigots and rude people. They tell you when you are being unfriendly and help you improve your behavior.
I love them for that. I love them because they will protect their community no matter what. They will make sure everyone behaves and that everything stays friendly.
They aren't perfect. They sometimes make mistakes and they sometimes get angry, just like any other human would.
But I know them, I trust them and I know they will be here for me if and when I need it. That's why I, too, want to be there for them if and when they need it.
Not so long ago, I didn't know anything about the "Teacher's Lounge" (TL). And then a friend privately complained to me that the discussion going on over there was making them feel horrible. And then, Aza resigned and after that, the whole "Monica Cellio" situation blew up.
But it wasn't over.
Another moderator that I have on very high esteem resigned for mostly the same reason Aza did.
And then I learned other stuff and I learned about how and why TL could be a toxic place sometimes.
And the issue essential boils down to what? To the fact that, in a room full of 200 people, no one had actually any moderator power (because everyone had them).
You can't just throw 200 people in the same place and expect them to behave nicely all the time. It just doesn't work.
I'm not a moderator, and I shouldn't be the one saying that. But, with the recent event, I have been made aware of an issue and I can't close my eyes to it. Because I care about moderators. Because I want them to be well and happy.
I hope SE Inc. is already aware that there is an issue here and I hope they are already working on fixing it.
But if not, please SE Inc., do something. Protect our moderators the same way they protect us, regular users.
Don't expect them to be perfect and don't expect them to keep their calm in every situation. Because they won't, and because they can't.
Please, remember that moderators are human too and put safety in place for when their humanity will take the best part of them.
I care for my moderators, please protect them.