One of my goals as a meta moderator has always been to try to nudge the company in the right direction and to try to help keep ties between the company and community strong. I've pushed for a good many things and I feel like I failed there.
With that said, it is clear that the direction the company is taking is not aligned with the community, and with the removal of Catija, V2Blast and ... god knows who else, strong internal community voices are lost. We literally seem to have lost multiple people we trust: Shog, Robert and Nicolas, and now Cat and V2Blast almost at random. This isn't something that builds trust or shows care for the community.
These are mistakes and ones that hurt us as a community. The company seems intent on repeating the same cycle of chasing distant dreams and forsaking the community that built it up to where it is.
Staff are also users of MSE and I feel that if the company doesn't protect its own staff, and preserve the community interests, I cannot in good conscience remain as a moderator on meta. I don't feel like I can continue to clean up the messes the company makes, and the damage it does in the process to the community.
The community's voice in many ways is clearly ignored, and these actions are not an investment in the community.
To our community members and customers reading this note: you are foundational to our success. Thank you for your continued partnership as we enter this next phase.
We certainly don't feel that way as we've lost advocates and parts of the community within your company.
I do care about my communities — and while I don't see SO inc as being a good steward of it, believe that staying active as a user, and remaining as a moderator on Super User and Pets is the right choice for now. I may revisit that based on future actions.
I'll continue to be active on Meta as long as energy, spoons and life lets me, though clearly until the company sees the light, I can't promise how effective I'll be.