Earlier this year, we hired Philippe to join me on what was the newly created Trust & Safety subteam of the Community Team. He then promptly left me alone again and became VP of Community instead. Jokes aside, Philippe was of great help and has been a great person to work with, and we got many things kick-started together. But today I’ve got new friends in town, I’m very excited to announce that we have two new CMs joining me on the team.
Bella has been working in Community Management for 15 years. Starting her career with Myspace, Bella moderated the Religion and Philosophy areas, as well as the Arts and Literature forums until their close. She continued to manage multiple communities - both large and small - throughout her career. In her most recent position, she managed a community of over 1 million unique users dedicated to comics and movies. Bella is passionate about how online communities mold the real world around us, and believes they are to be protected and tended with care and respect.
In her free time, she likes to read and study languages. She is currently learning Korean, and has spent some time answering questions on both the Korean Language and Language Learning Stack Exchange sites.
Salmon is only a little new to Stack Overflow. They have made use of the site’s vast stores of knowledge in their studies (including the very last Flash course given at their school), but have only recently begun to add to the hoard here.
Their community management career began with volunteer moderation and eventually community management for game platforms, but they have a long career in caring and customer service roles as well. Salmon also volunteers for a few small gaming conventions and cannot wait to be part of those communities again.
They leap from interest to hobby quite frequently, but they can currently be found learning to work with deaf dogs and playing bluegrass standards. Past hobbies include playing music journo, chainmailing, and dog photography. (Yes, they would like to see a picture of your pet.)
Both Bella_Blue and Salmon have been incredible during onboarding so far and I’m looking forward to getting to work more with them. If you’re curious about what the Trust & Safety team is responsible for, here’s a nonexhaustive (nor exclusive!) list of things we’re looking at: compromised accounts, spam waves, code of conduct violations, technical investigations, improvements to tooling, policies and enforcement process, as well as consulting on privacy, data handling, and compliance. Bella and Salmon will report to me in my new role of Manager, Community Trust & Safety.
Please give them a warm welcome, and to quote Philippe, new CMs are friends, not food!