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The latest podcast mentions again that there are "community members" that get to talk to SE Inc., for example via streaming during the SE Inc. "come together" in Austin lately. Also the "post loop" blog post mentions that part about "user research".

I am simply wondering: is anyone amongst us who is in that group of people SE Inc. is talking with? Or at least: do you know someone who is?

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    Have you looked at George Stocker's prediction on what's coming for SO in 2020? If not, I suggest you do. Based on this, I would predict that people hanging out on Meta.SE are not the [main] target of this initiative, so I would be [pleasantly] surprised if any of us had been approached. Or at least non-mod people. I might be totally wrong though, I'll admit that. – Laf Jan 21 at 14:46
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    @Laf-ReinstateMonica I wrote an answer linking to that twitter thread ... yesterday already. meta.stackexchange.com/a/342545/285661 ... so yes, I have seen it. And I agree, I consider it unlikely that people were just waiting to be asked such a question to speak up. Nonetheless, I think that a few "top contributors" might also read/write here, thus I see a certain chance that we have people amongst us who were contacted by SE Inc. – GhostCat salutes Monica C. Jan 21 at 14:51
  • I caught this thread from Shog's twitter, totally missed your answer (just threw an upvote at you for it ;) ). Sorry for pointing you to it, hopefully it will be useful for other readers. Your question is still a good question though, I'm curious to see if anyone in here was contacted. – Laf Jan 21 at 14:56
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    @Laf-ReinstateMonica You are very welcome. And some links can't be made public often enough anyway. And I am not talking about the ones to my own content ;-) – GhostCat salutes Monica C. Jan 21 at 14:57
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/q/339750/282094 – Rob Mar 24 at 18:34
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To answer the question directly (at least I think I can do this to an extent):

  • I have been contacted by Stack Exchange, and have had high level talks with two of the highest ranking officials at Stack Exchange, for a total of 90 minutes, between October and November 2019.

  • Both talks have been via telepresence, with webcams on in a professional manner that I'm accustomed to when working via telepresence.

  • I delivered and expressed my opinions on the matters facing the exchange sites at the time.

  • New circumstances arising recently have led me to pause interactions.

I will not be answering or commentating any further on my personal interactions out of respect for the two one-on-one's I've had.

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    Thank you. A precise statement, more than I hoped for. – GhostCat salutes Monica C. Jan 21 at 19:06
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    This is great, thanks for sharing. If I may ask just one question: how was the dialogue initiated? For example, were you sent a "You have been randomly selected..." type email, or was it something more hand-picked? – user56reinstatemonica8 Jan 21 at 21:01
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    Was this something you applied for? Did it happen "by hand" via mutual social networks? Is an audience with the company now an automatic perk that comes at a specific reputation level? – Robert Columbia Jan 21 at 21:26
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    @user56reinstatemonica8: It felt like it was more hand-picked more than anything else, honestly. I can't really describe any heuristic or any motivations other than that. – Makoto Jan 21 at 22:08
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    @RobertColumbia: I never applied for it or made any overt indication that I was seeking communication in this fashion. Don't know if it comes at a rep level or not. Maybe it's due to how active I've been on Meta over the last six months? Dunno. – Makoto Jan 21 at 22:08

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