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After a long gap away from SE, I have returned to find innumerable requests to reinstate someone.

As you can imagine my curiosity is piqued but, more importantly, I would like to know enough to form an opinion about the matter.

Clearly this concerns what journalists would describe as "public interest" - indicating that publication may be justified even at the cost of betraying some confidences.

It seems that the matter is already out in the open but without those in the know explicitly describing the events.

Is it acceptable to ask what happened and why?

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