Across all Stack Exchange network sites I have seen a lot of users with "Reinstate Monica" in the username, and I am not sure what this means.

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    The close reason here is a bit mired in the larger politics. For a more specific reason/clarification, here is Monica’s post on the Judaism meta that explains what happens. Yes, it’s only her side of the story, but it is well laid out and fairly simple to understand. – JakeGould Dec 23 '19 at 1:55
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    This answer is the post that specifically asks users to adopt this in their username. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Dec 23 '19 at 4:18
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    TechnicGoblin5R - The shortest possible answers is: because the company decided to remove a moderator. A thorough explanation and understanding of each of the more than 2 sides of the story won't be gleaned by reading a couple of links. Here's one Q&A with 'reinstate group' posts not listed above. There are also groups (renamers) whom return weekly/monthly to explain that they will never come back. There are more sides than a disdyakis triacontahedron. – Rob Dec 23 '19 at 7:31
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    I see a non-sequitur between "Monica was mistreated" and "why someone adds 'Reinstate Monica' to their username". Why this issue? Why don't usernames instead say e.g. "Reinstate CC-BY-SA 3.0" or "Remove Inappropriate Advertising" or "No Mandatory Arbitration"? – Rebecca J. Stones Dec 23 '19 at 8:26
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    @RebeccaJ.Stones No one bothered to make a post here urging people to change their names to support those causes. Also, there are holes in those cases: some people believe the license change to be legal, the six-month advertising test has since ended, and there is a way to opt out of arbitration, but there is no excuse for terminating Monica. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Dec 23 '19 at 9:52
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    I'm just explaining why I feel this question (currently closed as a duplicate) is not answered by the duplicates and thus should be reopened. – Rebecca J. Stones Dec 23 '19 at 9:55
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    @RebeccaJ.Stones cause its easier to rally around someone folks know and respect - even many of monica's detractors are uncomfortable with the manner she was removed – Journeyman Geek Dec 23 '19 at 15:38
  • This latest post explains more of it as well: Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio – JakeGould Dec 24 '19 at 22:38
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    The "agreement" post explains little to nothing; it's just legalese saying that they admit nothing and only regret that there was blowback. – treat your mods well Jan 13 at 1:10

Here's a good deal of insight:

In a nutshell:

Monica Cellio was fired from her position as a volunteer moderator for requesting clarification on a topic that was important to her. The request for clarification was taken the wrong way, and she was removed from her position as a moderator. She and other users want her back as a moderator and show their opinions through their usernames.


Thinking about it, there is even a much shorter and straight forward solution: turn to the profile pages of such users. Or at least, it should be that easy!

I do think that the large majority of users with such "Monica nicknames" also updated their profile page to explain the why!

Actually the whole point of the logo and nickname change was to get people to read the additional information given on the user profile. I admit that it doesn't work for all such users, but for many it does!

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