On October 6th, moderators, ex-moderators, and members of the community published two open letters to Stack Exchange Inc.. These letters have, as of today, been signed 768 times (general letter) and 173 times (Lavender community's letter).
On October 8th, SE's Director of Public Q&A commented:
I said this in the thread on Teams but wanted to say here as well. Thank you for getting this together, we are working on a response. – Sara Chipps♦ Oct 8 at 2:32
I pinged @SaraChipps a week later for an update and this was her reply:
Hi Nate, we are working on the draft now. We want to be thoughtful in how we approach just as you were all clearly very thoughtful in putting it together. Some of that involves changing how we do some things, so we're getting our ducks in a row to make sure we can back up any commitments we make. – Sara Chipps♦ Oct 15 at 18:49
Then, on October 17th, @CesarM posted a partial response to the letters, basically stating that SE heard our concerns, and promised to respond more fully later (emphasis mine):
Thank you for writing to us about this. This isn’t our final response here, but in the interest of being transparent and keeping lines of communication open, we wanted to respond with something as soon as possible. While this isn’t the answer you’ve been looking for, we wanted to update you on some of what we have been doing and what we have been working towards as an answer to these letters. ...
It has now been more than a month since this last post, and despite many pings to Sara, there's been no answer if SE is still planning to respond further, or about an ETA of when that response might come. (To be fair to Sara, she's had zero network activity since that last comment, so it's possible she hasn't seen the pings).
In mid-November, however, SE has posted they're removing links and discussion about a certain fundraiser, and for legal reasons are unable to answer any further questions. Some have speculated that this may also apply to any further response to the open letters, but so far SE has not clarified that.
Therefore, the question is,
Is SE Inc still planning to respond further to the community's open letters? If not, why not -- have SE's lawyers advised you not to? Or if a response is still planned, when might we expect it?