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As part of the strike negotiation results, several changes to the Moderator Agreement were agreed upon. These include:

  • A mandatory review period for binding policies
  • Stack Exchange, Inc. staff cannot mandate moderation actions be taken without a public policy supporting those actions
  • Updating the Press Policy surrounding statements on moderation
  • Determining if Stack Exchange, Inc. violated the Moderator Agreement

At the end of May, a new Code of Conduct was released. As the Code of Conduct is considered to be part of the Moderator Agreement, moderators need to re-agree to the Mod Agreement every time the Code of Conduct is updated. (The same applies to the Terms of Service.)

Re-acceptance of the new Code of Conduct was pushed off during the strike and negotiations in anticipation of changes being made to the Agreement, and wanting to avoid having to re-accept the Mod Agreement multiple times in a short period of time.

I'm aware that during negotiations, and for a good period afterward, Philippe (Vice President of Community at Stack Exchange, Inc.) was out of office. (Which was necessary and encouraged by myself, and this is not meant as a criticism of that in the slightest.)
At the end of September, I commented that I was expecting that the changes to the Mod Agreement would have to wait until Philippe was back, which was confirmed by a then-CM (moderator-only link). That milestone has long since been passed.

It is now almost December. It's been half a year since the new Code of Conduct went live, and moderators still haven't re-accepted the agreement. It's been close to four months since the negotiations were concluded and the changes to the Mod Agreement agreed upon.

Last week, the company accidentally violated the Mod Agreement by pushing a change to the Terms of Service without a review period by moderators, which is a violation of the agreement even under the current version, v2. They quickly recognized the mistake, rolled back the change entirely, and posted a public apology to Meta.SE, which is what was agreed upon during negotiations for violations of these kinds.

This incident did serve as a reminder that that negotiated agreement, along with the other negotiated changes to the Mod Agreement, still have not been officially added to the text of the Mod Agreement. There have been no posts about it in the Mod Team or on Meta Stack Exchange, as far as I've seen.

All this to say: What is the current status of the negotiated agreements for changes to the Mod Agreement? When can we expect the changes to the text of the Mod Agreement to be posted for review?

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  • I imagine not until next year. The next business day isn't until later today (UTC) and there are only a dozen or so left in the year. Nov 27, 2023 at 8:03
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    @Sonic Better spend those remaining days at genAI. Nov 27, 2023 at 8:31
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    It will be done in 6-8.
    – dan1st
    Nov 27, 2023 at 8:50
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    @dan1st Decades? Nov 27, 2023 at 9:21
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    @AndreasmovedtoCodidact Do you expect me to know that already?
    – dan1st
    Nov 27, 2023 at 9:24
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    Maybe the delay is a practical effect of the October 2023 layoff ("You can reasonably expect some delays as we adjust.") Nov 27, 2023 at 11:49
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    @dan1st My bad. I'll write a script to ping you in 6-8 centuries to see if you know by then. Nov 27, 2023 at 14:21
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    @NoDataDumpNoContribution - Presumably that's a factor, but no mention of it for four months isn't exactly great communication.
    – Mithical
    Nov 27, 2023 at 17:33
  • I would have hardballed and asked for a deadline for when they'll get it done.
    – starball
    Nov 27, 2023 at 18:44
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    @NoDataDumpNoContribution if the practical effects of the layoff can excuse something like that, they will continue as long as SE exists.
    – dan1st
    Nov 27, 2023 at 19:18
  • I'm guessing the answer is "largely forgotten", except when they get prodded about it. It was, after all, merely a sop to get the strikers to stop making noise
    – Richard
    Dec 1, 2023 at 18:56

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On February 6th, 2024, a draft of the updated Moderator Agreement was posted to the Stack Moderators private Stack Overflow for Teams instance, with an orange diamond notification to every moderator on the network.

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  • Does that mean the [status-review] is no longer needed?
    – dan1st
    Feb 7 at 13:44
  • Will it also be posted publicly once Stack Moderators have had a chance to review it? I may no longer be a moderator, but I would be interested to see what changes have been made.
    – Mark Booth
    Feb 7 at 17:12
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    @MarkBooth - I don't know if the plan is to have the wider community give feedback before it goes live. I hope so, but I can't guarantee. Once it goes live, though, everyone will be able to see it at v3 of the Mod Agreement.
    – Mithical
    Feb 7 at 17:40
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    We do plan to go through a round of feedback after concluding the round of mod feedback, and before shipping the new version live ^_^
    – JNat StaffMod
    Feb 7 at 18:03

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