A new article about the strike was posted on The Verge. In it, it is revealed that a statement by Philippe was issued, and claims the following:
When asked by The Verge about the contrast between Stack Overflow’s embrace of AI and the dissatisfaction expressed by its moderators, Liuzzo declined to answer. Later, Stack Overflow sent The Verge a press statement from its VP of community, Philippe Beaudette, criticizing moderators for levying “unnecessary suspensions” on users. One of the strike’s elected representatives, Mithical, told The Verge that the company’s characterization was incorrect and that it had failed to provide any actual examples of incorrect suspensions.
The statement itself is significantly more expansive, and as previous, tries to downplay the impact of the strike while criticizing moderators at virtually every turn. It plays a game of statistics to hide the outsized impact the strike has on content curation (with some obvious spam posts on SO taking nearly an entire week to be closed - and the irony is that a large chunk of it appears to be AI-generated), downplays both the insight and expertise of moderators, promotes the same vacuous talking points that SE refuses to walk back on or even reconsider (as evident by the complete lack of feedback to GPT on the platform: Data, actions, and outcomes, despite some very high-quality and detailed answers).
This is the third disparaging statement to the press about this issue. This is important, as some important guardrails were put in place to avoid this exact thing repeating after the issues that happened in 2019 - Stack Exchange staff speaking to the press instead of the community being a great way to track back on this.
Your own moderator agreement states the following:
Stack Exchange, Inc. agrees that it will:
- Get your explicit written permission before commenting to any media (including media outlets controlled by Stack Exchange Inc.) or independent reporters about you or your moderator actions as per our Press Policy.
Your own code of conduct states this:
- We also do not allow causing or contributing to an atmosphere that excludes or marginalizes.
- We do not allow any content that promotes false, harmful, or misleading information that carries the risk of harm to a person or group of people.
When will you abide by your own rules?