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@Shog9, a longtime Community Manager here at Stack Exchange, has just tweeted that he is no longer working at Stack Overflow:

@shog9: Well... I suddenly find myself in need of work.
If anyone's hiring: C++, JavaScript, C#, SQL + solid background in social software, community-driven development.

In light of this, I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you.

Thank you, Shog. You've been an integral part of Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network since the very beginning. You were among the most helpful people on the network, especially for moderators.
Losing your sense of humor, unique sense of communication, and point of view is a deep blow to SE.

Thank you for everything you've done for SE and the community. Good luck in whatever you choose to do next. *salutes*

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    Not enough sad emojis for this :( – Machavity Jan 13 at 16:51
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    I'm simply reeling. What the heck is going on? – Rubiksmoose Jan 13 at 16:54
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    Also destaffed: Robert Cartaino – John Dvorak Jan 13 at 16:56
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    One of the most professional, well-spoken staff members... Gone. Such a loss. – Spevacus Jan 13 at 16:57
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    Darn it, Shog, I thought you said you wouldn't die on that hill. What happened? You said something, right? – Frédéric Hamidi Jan 13 at 17:05
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    Is it too soon to say "We're sorry to see you go"? Bravo SE, Bravo. – David DPG Jan 13 at 17:28
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    Am I the only one who thinks SE just doesn't care about community's opinion anymore? Obviously, this is an internal matter; but after all we've been through, no sane company would let one of few employees who is in good terms with the community go. I suppose they think they already have enough material to stay alive without our contribution. – M-- Jan 13 at 18:27
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    This hits me far harder than any moderator resignation. Up until now, I could convince myself that things could get better, since at least one intelligent and trustworthy person still worked for Stack Exchange. – mmyers Jan 13 at 20:19
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    I guess that's it then. Journey over. Time to log out for the first time in nearly 10 years. – ben is uǝq backwards Jan 13 at 21:59
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    Half of meta consists of Shog contributions. At least sometimes it feels like this. His contribution to what StackOverflow made great is unmeasurable. Thanks Shog, for everything. – Trilarion Jan 13 at 22:30
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    Shog, what are you guilty of? Being intelligent? Being reasonable? Being patient? Willing to listen, to talk, to discuss, to explain? Putting your heart and soul into everything you do? – Fabio says Reinstate Monica Jan 14 at 0:37
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    I clicked this thinking this would be a nice post from one of the CMs thanking Shog for many years of service and that he announced he was moving on. I am.... disappointing to say the least. – David says Reinstate Monica Jan 14 at 2:45
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    @problemofficer - Yes. – Mithical Jan 14 at 8:05
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    Shocked but not shocked. Shog9 has always been the pinnacle of professionalism and community spirit, and SO has been moving further and further away from those things. Saddened to see you leave, but I know you will be successful wherever you end up next. The impact Shog9 has had on this community should not be underestimated. – DavidG Jan 14 at 10:34
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    Seems well-spoken to me, @Möoz. Very clear and concise. Quite elegant by my standards. It helps to understand that moderators don't arrive at decisions like that on a whim, so seeing a message like that makes it very clear that there was an eternity of nonsense that led up to the decision. At that point, one really appreciates someone like Shog who knows where to draw the line, who doesn't waste his time with things that aren't worth the time. The site, and all of us, were better off for it. The plain-spoken honesty was a nice refreshing treat, too. – Cody Gray Jan 14 at 23:33

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Shog, in the hopes you read this.

My heart goes out to you.

Words do not do justice to the feelings that are swirling through my head. The questions this raises are another matter...

Many of the times we interacted together revolved around bad activity.
We have fought whole sock drawers together. We banished countless spammers (remember "I LOVE CORN SO MUCH").
You have been a rock that us mods could always trust and call for help. You have been the cool and clear head and the firm and direct one. Truly this is a loss for the SE community. Shog you did so much. You had a reputation for saying the things we wish we could say. You were always "the one" we could ping, it seemed you were always here.
You touched so much of this network, so many of us.

Your absence is going to leave a big hole to fill.

However this really went down, we will never know - it sucks.

So Long, thanks for everything, and all the fish.

Farewell

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    Reminds me of something like "farewell winter bash" – U10-Forward - Reinstate Monica Jan 14 at 6:52
  • In reality it's all just one spammer that loves food :P – user651518 Jan 15 at 1:25
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A true anchor of sanity and constructiveness.

A couple of years down the road we'll suddenly see something incredible like Microsoft's Q&A finally starting to make sense, or a completely new but long awaited thing will come to life, and it's going to be no surprise it was the work of a certain someone.

Good luck on your future endeavours! And don't forget to take a break when needed.

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    An acquisition of Stack Exchange by Microsoft (like GitHub) is much more likely than an IPO. – Peter Mortensen Jan 15 at 5:57
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I've come late to this, and I've just OK'd the "This question has more than thirty answers already: make sure you're adding something new" message.

That there are already thirty answers saying much the same thing speaks volumes.

What this says to me is that the company thinks it knows the cost of everything [although recent events may give the lie to that] and definitely does not know the value of anything.

A huge loss to every SE community, and the company -- in that order. A huge gain for whoever snaps Shog up, which I trust will happen quickly.

Shog, you've been kind to me in the past; you've been blunt; you've always had your head screwed on right, as we say here. I hope everything works out.

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Shog, big surprise to me!

Thanks for all you help to SO,

I always thought you were a fixed staff on SE, I always lookup to you as a very good staff doing all the jobs correct!

Thanks so much!

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Well. I guess that's that.

Lights out for the last time

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    It is both very funny and very sad at the same time. – Peter Mortensen Jan 15 at 6:00
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Farewell, Mr. Shog.

We're sorry to see you go.

*bursts into tears*

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    Boromir: Our people... I would have followed you, my brother... my captain... my king. [dies] – tchrist 2 days ago
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@Shog -

Thank you Shog, you are a true idol of knowledge.

Shog was the heart of the community. Everyone here adores the guy, and not without good reason. He is an oracle, and wise beyond his years.

@SE -

WTF.

Honestly, I didn't really think it was possible for this much momentum to be interrupted over time, but this is truly a sobering act. Time for people to step down or get removed by the Board. You are lucky this thing isn't a public entity.

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    "Everyone here adores the guy". Which is probably why he had to go. – Andras Deak Jan 14 at 22:22
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I never directly interacted with you, but, over the years, more than hundreds times I read your comments or answers. It helped me a lot to understand how things were supposed to be around here, and improve. Let me tell you this straight: you're the "the best damn cooler in the business". OK, you certainly deserve more than an excerpt of one of the Top 10 best worst movies of all time :-)

But, still, you were one of the leaders of the pack when it came to use common sense, decency, and just needed to Be Nice. You could chill out and keep a cool head when things heated up. That's why people liked you, respected you, and listened to you. That's why people like you, respect you, and listen to you.

As a non-native speaker, I had to search for "shog", and look for (what I thought were) hidden meanings, play-on-words... I found that, actually, it was a real noun/verb: here and here. So, let me tell you that seeing you go, Shog, was a real shog. But I have no doubt that you can now, head held high, shog.

You helped build and keep this community afloat and warm for almost a decade. For this, thanks. May you find a calm and light blue sea and favourable winds. So long.

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    I always thought "Shog" referred to Shoggoths from the Cthulhu mythos. IIRC his profile once read... "if I die in R'lyeh, at least I will die free". – S.L. Barth - Reinstate Monica Jan 14 at 18:38
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    @S.L. thanks! From Lovecraft, I know only the name, never read anything, I'll check this in the future. I guess you're closer than me on this one :) – OldPadawan Jan 14 at 18:46
  • You're welcome! Just warning you, Lovecraft was a master of horror stories... don't read him in the evening if you value your sleep! – S.L. Barth - Reinstate Monica Jan 14 at 18:52
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Reading through other answers, I must say that I envy those who know Shog. I am not much of a frequent contributor and didn't have interactions with him like others, but from what I have seen here and there, he is a great guy and working with him was an honor for whoever had the chance.

I don't know you, but I'll miss you too!

And now that he has decided is forced 😞 to leave the company, I see this as the Captain leaving the ship.

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    I don't think he "decided" to leave the company ... his tweet reads more as if he was fired. – Rand al'Thor Jan 14 at 12:06
  • @Randal'Thor well then, that's worse than I thought – polfosol ఠ_ఠ Jan 14 at 12:07
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    More like thrown overboard than leaving and more like Steward and Machinist than Captain but otherwise spot on. :) – Trilarion Jan 14 at 12:10
  • @Trilarion Luckily for Shog, he has a large inflatable life raft in his pocket, and there will be plenty of non-sinking ships passing by. – jpmc26 Jan 15 at 15:51
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Sad to see you go, but to be honest you are better off not working for a company that will fire its longest serving and hardest working employees, but defend to the hilt (with large cash payouts, no less) somebody who has broken the law whilst acting as a spokesperson for the company.

You will easily find somewhere else where your talents are appreciated. Good Luck!

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SE is strategically ridding themselves of people who are able and willing to deliver substantial critique to the decision makers.

They are dumbing themselves down: The remaining court of yeasayers will render SE incapable of necessary course corrections.

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    I suppose that there is more behind such moves than just changes to the company atmosphere. What about this: Cutting off those mods who have strong ties with the general public and have the most contributions to lose, then move everything to subscription-based, or some other legal form of commons-grabbing. No proof, just an attempt to find a rational motive. – ccorn yesterday
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    @ccorn It does not make sense alienating a whole community before driving in a subscription-based model. – Rui F Ribeiro yesterday
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One of the most effective mentors I had known within the Stack Overflow/Meta and Stack Exchange network. It is sad to know that you are moving on. You will be missed.

No doubt @Shog's dedicated all around efforts in building and maintaining this network will be always remembered.

Hats off to you @Shog.

I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

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I'm not sure whether we interacted directly, but I've always found your posts insightful, helpful, calm and incredibly professional. At a time when the community is up in arms more than not, that's surely an incredibly valuable skillset in its own right, so I'm stunned to see you've been let go.

That being said, I imagine you'll be snapped up rather quickly, and rightly so. You'll certainly be missed here, but I'm sure you'll reach new heights elsewhere. All the best on your new adventure.

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I am sorry that I had to write an answer this late. I was literally speechless when I saw this meta post and immediately logged out. Today I have logged in again to say Thank you.

Thank you Shog for everything.

I learnt a lot from you. You have been my idol on Stack Exchange.

You were one of the best writers I have ever seen.
I learnt how to talk when our mind is not calm.
I learnt how to talk less yet impact more.
I learnt how to moderate.

Nog Shine will not be the same without you.

Your impact will be there on me wherever I be. Thank you again!

You have truly been my Good Friend!

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