I think we need to shake hands, and realize that our "communities" are going to have to migrate. It's ok. There are other, amazing platforms out there. This one has decided to move on without us, and I think that's ok.
Let me open with a statement I made in chat earlier.
I think that SE is going to survive this, unfortunately. The general user base has no idea what's going on, nor do I think that they would care. Most of the new content is homework help, or duplicates. People just trying to get a specific job done. SO will continue to serve these people just fine. They just want to remove all semblance of community, so they can get to strictly managing content, and not necessarily interaction.
Stack Exchange has made several, very questionable decisions over the past couple of years. We can argue back and forth about their different qualities, but as a business, they are free to make those decisions. Might I remind you, as well, that it is people making these decisions.
All too often do we suspect ill intent, without considering the entire picture. A business' very purpose for existing is to make money, unless you're Elon Musk. It is going to be more profitable for Stack Exchange to migrate from a community based model, to one which serves monetization and advertisements.
Can you actually blame a company for desiring to make more money? Especially when beholden to investors?
I get it, I do. This behavior feels very slimy, as they work to displace communities with profit, but this is the purpose of a business.
And hey, you know what? Discord is amazing, among other alternative platforms. It's different, I give you that. Stack Exchange currently has a unique way to deliver content and interaction. We're going to have to get used to change, because it's here.
Overall, am I unhappy with Stack Exchange's conduct? Absolutely. Should they be held accountable? In some ways, they have been. Am I willing to invest more of my emotional energy into protesting this? No.
Many people wiser than myself have already left. Let's just go build/do cool things again.