The recent blog post, which I don't even want to link to, made it perfectly clear for me. Joel left, and with that SE as we know it died. It will take a while before it's totally gone, but it will go eventually.
Now we already saw some cracks appear when Joel was still factually in charge, but to me it really feels that the last of the good old SE left with him.
Some things that strike me as odd:
The new CEO mentioned that our community is the most important part of the SE network, but yet didn't have the courtesy to acquaint himself with said community. He didn't even bother to introduce himself here on MSE.
SE as a company has grown tremendously over the last 6-8 time units, however it failed to retain the community spirit that used to be between the company and the community. It might be due to the hiring practices (hiring people with certain skills, more than people with a certain mindset).
SE failed to hire someone that majored in community building, or even basic communication. All its communication has been really top-down lately. Which caused disgruntled META regulars, which caused a disgruntled director of Q&A, which caused disgruntled META regulars, etc., etc.
Now I know a growing company comes with all the growth pains, just as a regular teenager growing up. But I feel somewhere along the line the company lost touch with its community. And the most recent blog posting feels they have found the solution to remedy these pains by taking "the cause" away, the MSE community.
Am I the only one noticing this? What are your thoughts on this?
P. S. causation ≠ correlation