I'm a newer contributor, but a long time visitor. As a result, my view is more of an outsider's view. Take my points with that in mind.
Stack Exchange appeared to flourish under the direction of meaningful development guided by community feedback. Community elected moderators were the bridge between the user base at large and the community managers. Those community managers then relayed the feedback we gave to the development teams, who tried their best to ensure a smooth user experience.
All was (relatively) well.
Now, however, it seems as though we're stepping backwards. Leaping backwards, almost.
With the recent departure of two monumental community managers with next to NO warning, and a rather disastrous series of events, Stack Exchange is demonstrating to me that transparency is a thing of the past... And I feel absolutely helpless as I watch it fade into the night.
We've tried giving feedback on what we would like to see from The Loop, which was meant to be a "foundation in listening."
Yet I, and I'm sure many others, feel woefully ignored.
We've tried writing open letters from general users, and we've tried writing another letter specifically from community elected moderators - who, with power users, are the pillars of the community.
Yet the response is not detailed enough to address close to the number of concerns that have been raised.
All of these questions, all of this feedback, and yet I, like many others, are still under the impression that the response is hollow.
I want to be useful. I want to contribute meaningfully to the site that has helped me in many times of intellectual need when I was a silent reader. The recent changes have me very worried for the future of the community here.
While it feels to me as though we've very clearly placed the ball in their court... My question/discussion topic is, simply:
What more can we do? What more can I do?