Recently I've noticed that since the whole Monica controversy SE has been implementing some interesting updates to the system. Here's just a few of them: (leaving out the Monica situation for now)
The Overflow, which is their latest blog-newsletter-informational-article? It was released with controversial response, especially the automatic opt-in which is even suspected to be non-GDPR compliant.
Blog posts. Lots and lots of blog posts. I see a new post on the Stack Overflow Blog almost every day now, which is very unusual, since in the past it seems like there would be a post once or twice a week.
What I want to point out above is something alarming. The majority of decisions above were made with no community feedback before release, and some of the decisions directly contradict what the community desired (like the rep inflation decision).
I believe there are other, more pertinent, issues that the team needs to focus on. As a regular user, I don't care about any of these changes and there are other issues that need to be tackled first, namely the situation that is well summed up here.
I also want to add a point I made in the comments:
What bothers me... is that these features were requested, in some cases, years ago, and they are all being handled during one of the largest controversies in SE history. Seems like a massive coincidence if I've ever seen one.
For the first time in the past month, I feel helpless. What can we do?