It has been near three months now since the tipping point of the community. Many of us are still very not happy with SE.
The situation with Monica is at an impasse SE has told us:
"We aren't going to re-litigate the past." - Sara Chipps
"We’ll be reaching out to her directly to apologize for the lack of process, privacy, and to discuss next steps." - David Fullerton.
Monica's "Last resort" post was over a month ago... in that post she says:
"I posted it here because I have exhausted all known private communication channels available to me short of legal proceedings. I would have preferred a private conversation, which I have asked for repeatedly. I remain open to that option." - Monica Cellio
"we are not able to respond to anything regarding Monica's situation. We will not be answering any questions or comments about that going forward." - Juan M
There was a GoFundMe page set up by Monica for the impending legal battle and links were removed.
Other actions SE has taken include making a "no comment" policy.
"Moving forward, we will release an official process around removing moderators." - Sara Chipps
Which they did in the Moderator review and reinstatement processes.
They completely rewrote the FAQ for pronouns
"Going forward, we will be working with the community to overhaul how we gather input and feedback from our moderators and members of the community to make sure that your voices are heard and involved in the process, not just informed after decisions have been made." - David Fullerton
In the spirit of better communication SE started a new blog series The loop explaining how they make decisions and gather user input.
In short SE's actions have been spurned this year, here is a screen shot of the lowest voted question on meta as of this writing.
Don't forget about another unpopular one that would be in second on that list.
Meanwhile scores of mods have left; hundreds of users have indicated support for Monica ; many letters to SE have been written; users have started to build alternative Q&A platforms. The community is not happy
So the question is what do we (as the unhappy community) do now? What are our next steps? We don't want to just sit here and hope everything gets better, or do we? Is it better to wait (who knows how long) for some legal decision between Monica and SE? Or do we finally say enough is enough and walk away?
SE has been rather clear about their next steps and actions, what are our next steps and can we take them?
Sorry for the original title, it was never my intention to mislead anyone or impersonate the staff (not that I'd want to), it was simply a play on two famous titles from this saga.
I did not mean to simply rehash old hurt and bring all those feeling back again. My purpose in asking this is because it is a question I'm asking myself.
A while after the mods of BSE went on strike, we had a talk in our mod room about when will it end, what do we do now etc. I still do not have a good answer. I know it is silly to think SE will "reinstate Monica" now (why I outlined the history above) so us users who took a stand against SE's firing of Monica - I have to figure out what are my next steps.