They don't care about power users or mods or even take us seriously.
This is illustrated by the fact that they don't reply properly to any concerns or queries raised whenever a situation like this occurs.
They care about bringing in new users or finding new ways to monetize what they currently have, no matter the cost.
It's completely fine to malign power users and mods.
It's completely fine to outright lie to the press.
But we dare you to be "unwelcoming" to new user users.
They've forgotten that it's the community that makes these sites thrive, not the empty suits. But it seems that with time - and money no doubt - they've forgotten this.
This isn't the first time they've thrown us or our opinions under the bus, and it won't be the last.
I'll be surprised if they even reply to this post.
Walk away. It's not worth it.
Let's see SO invest in proper moderator teams instead of relying on the good graces of volunteers.
Going forward, we will be working with the community to overhaul how we gather input and feedback from our moderators and members of the community to make sure that your voices are heard and involved in the process, not just informed after decisions have been made.
An apology to our community, and next steps
We want the relationship between the company, the community and its moderators to be based on open, transparent communication that will be made in good faith. I believe the deterioration of communication and trust has been a problem for quite some time. I believe that re-establishing transparency and open, two-way communication will be a key ingredient in rebuilding the relationship between the community, moderators, employees and the company.
To all of the moderators who have resigned or suspended your activities over the past few months: your presence and impact is missed. We value all of your work to keep your sites clean and communities healthy. We understand the many reasons why you felt that it was necessary to step down and that it was a painful decision. We are working on many of the issues that influenced your decisions to leave, and we aim to back these intentions up with actions, accountability, and consistent open communication. If you feel that your issues continue to go unaddressed, I invite you to post about them on Meta in a respectful way. And if you choose to apply for moderator reinstatement, we look forward to hearing about this as well and to seeing you back on your sites.
The company’s commitment to rebuilding the relationship with you, our community
We care about the concerns of the community [...]
I can't be bothered finding more examples. Feel free to add them in. Maybe this could be added to The Many Memes of Meta.
Who knows, if I'm still around I'll catch you all at the next inevitable fiasco and we'll rehash it all, once again.