Less than a month ago, there was some settling of the incident with firing Monica. It's obvious that there was not a lot of approval from the community on the course of action chosen by SE, or the settlement.
Today, we are seeing a new wave of SE actions targeted on work with the community: firing/letting go/agreeing to separate (the actual term is unknown and can remain an unknown forever) two very knowledgable and very trusted community managers: Shog9 and Robert Cartaino:
- Shog9's tweet about suddenly being in need of new job
- Robert updated his profile indicating he is no longer with the company
- Thank you, Robert Cartaino and Thank you, Shog9! – meta posts from the community
The following change in SE staff happened shortly after this event:
- Jon Ericson leaves his position as a Community Manager (but explicitly says that "I made this decision in December and it's not correlated with the recent CM team changes". Jon wants to apply for the moderator diamond back and continue participating). His blog post indicates that his decision to leave was connected to the incident with firing Monica.
The following moderators resigned shortly after this event:
- resigned: nhinkle on Super User
- resigned: El'endia Starman on Christianity (explicitly stating that firing CMs was the final straw)
- resigned: Hatchet on Language Learning (explicitly stating that firing CMs was the final straw)
- resigned: Madara Uchiha on Stack Overflow (explicitly stating that firing CMs and the lack of resolution with Monica were the final straws)
- resigned and deleting accounts: Web Head on Arts & Crafts
- resigned: dmckee on Physics
- resigned: StrongBad on Academia and Expatriates (irreconcilable view on the role of the community and SE policies)
The following moderators suspended their activity shortly after this event:
- suspended activity: called2voyage on Space Exploration and Astronomy (explicitly links the suspension with firing CMs and preceding sad events)
2020-01-13: Firing (for the lack of better term) of community managers Shog9 and Robert Cartaino. Shorty followed by an official dry reply
2020-01-15: George Stocker starts a GoFundMe campaign to thank Shog9 for cultivating StackOverflow
2020-01-16: Official policy on limiting featured ing the moderator resignation notice to only 24 hours
At the bare minimum, as a result:
- Area 51 does not have any active moderators (Shog9 and Robert were moderating it)
- Ask Patents does not have any active moderators (Robert was moderating it)
- Space Exploration has only one active moderator left (with a low activity level). The upcoming moderator elections will be problematic due to low expressed interest and candidates suspending their intentions.
- Astronomy has only one active moderator left (with a low activity level)
- Arts & Crafts has only one active moderator left
- if there is any plan on the SE's side to actually be involved in the building of the community?
- who is now responsible for community building and interaction of community/moderators with developers and upper management?
- if the remaining CM team will be re-staffed since it is already heavily understaffed in my opinion?
- is there an intent from the company to at least thank the CMs that served Stack Exchange many-many years? Even if it is a dry lawyered-written "thank you".
I am devastated. Both as SE user and SE moderator.