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 unknown forever) two very knowledgeable 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 left his position as a Community Manager (but explicitly said 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)
- resigned: Mad Scientist on Skeptics and Biology
- resigned: David on Blender (Shog and Robert were the last nail and final straw)
- resigned: iKlsR on Blender
- resigned: anongoodnurse on Parenting (explicitly stating that firing CMs and the CEO's blog post were the final straws)
- resigned: DJMcMayhem on Code Golf
- resigned: lois6b on Stack Overflow en español
- resigned: James on Worldbuilding (explicitly connecting the resignation with firing CMs and the preceding events)
- resigned: Tim B on Worldbuilding (explicitly connecting the resignation with firing CMs and the preceding events)
- resigned: Sam I Am on Politics (explicitly connecting the resignation with firing CMs and the preceding events)
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, has since resumed moderation activities)
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 Stack Overflow
Official policy on limiting featured ing the moderator resignation notice to only 24 hours. Rendered inactive on 2020-02-10.
2020-02-10: Update of the official policy on handling featured posts. While the previously introduced 24-hour policy (see item above) is rendered inactive, the new policy covers a much wider range of cases when and why the post can be unfeatured or deemed unable to be featured
2020-02-20: Teresa Dietrich, the new Head of Product and Community, has posted a message (and response, of sorts) to the community.
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's upcoming moderator elections will be problematic due to low expressed interest and candidates suspending their intentions.
- Worldbuilding has only one active moderator left
- Expatriates has only one active moderator left
- Christianity has only one active moderator left
- Arts & Crafts has only one moderator left
- Code Golf has only one 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
- if there is an intent from the company to at least thank the CMs that served Stack Exchange many-many years, even if it is a dry lawyer-written "thank you"
I am devastated. Both as an SE user and as an SE moderator.