I read SO (pun intended) much negative stuff about the company behind Stack Overflow, that I am starting to wonder if Stack Overflow is dying. It seems to me that most people in the community are very negative about this platform. Most of this stuff is somehow related to the resignation or firing of moderators. Every story is the same: they blame bad politics and misbehaviour of the company's staff. Is the company behind Stack Overflow really that bad?
Here are some examples (I read a lot of negativity, also between the lines):
- Are SE donations happening this year?
- Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!
- Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?
- Will Meta Stack Exchange be removed now?
- Open hostility from SE staff towards the community - trying to understand it
- Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes
- Dear Stack Exchange: a statement and a letter from your moderators
And from this last link:
We would like to see the company explicitly acknowledge and apologise for the shortcomings and failures that have occurred - the lack of bidirectional communication, the mishandling of situations, the failures to address the pain of marginalized and disadvantaged groups, and the unseemly willingness to speak to the press about matters of user moderation that do not need to be spread outside the network.
This looks severe! Can somebody explain what is going on and/or shed some light on the future? Is an Exodus upon us? Starting an alternative platform with 800 mods looking for a fair environment seems feasible/realistic. Is this likely to happen?