Linked Questions

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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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We'd like your feedback on our new Code of Conduct! [duplicate]

TL;DR: We've put together a code of conduct (CoC) that is a bit more comprehensive than our existing be nice policy because we feel that our current policy isn't meeting our needs. Some ...
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The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review

You provided us with some really helpful feedback on our first draft attempt to expand our 'Be nice' policy into a formal code of conduct, and we're extremely grateful for your time, patience and ...
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A Pronominal Proposal

The recent Code of Conduct change and, more specifically, the associated FAQ (now deleted; Wayback Machine copy here) have not gone down well. (For the avoidance of doubt, linking to those does not ...
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Handling Calls to Remove a Moderator [duplicate]

This discussion informed our process for seven years, but eventually required updates and augmentation. For discussion regarding the successors to this process, please see: Feedback post: Moderator ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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We need “assume good intent” back in the Code of Conduct

AT some point - "assume good intent" was removed from the CoC. It's a key pillar of the social contract and how we choose to deal with each other. It belongs in the Code of Conduct. PLEASE add this ...
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SE Inc. Director of Public Q&A retweets bad-faith, misrepresentative tweet

As we all know, SE Inc. has engaged in highly problematic and widely criticized actions against the SE community and specific moderators. Earlier today (Oct 11th, 2019), Ms. Sara Chipps, "Director ...
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Are there specific issues with unwelcoming behavior toward LGBTQ persons on Stack Exchange?

Ever since the mass moderator resignations started, there have been hints that it is somehow related to how LGBTQ members of the community are or should be treated or welcomed. For example, in her ...
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Open hostility from SE staff towards the community - trying to understand it

Upon multiple occasions SE staff members have expressed open hostility towards the community as a whole, as well as towards specific members of the community. Specific references are avoided here ...
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Change rep required to downvote on MSE

To make your opinion known on MSE you need both up and downvotes. Given at the moment you need 125 rep to downvote on this site, the voting patterns will be skewed positive because not everyone is ...
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Did the Stack Exchange staff members assist in the apprehension of Ross Ulbricht?

The recent arrest of someone behind Silk Road is in the news today, he was arrested in a San Francisco public library. A couple of background articles here and here. To what extent, if any, did ...
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Bye Stack Exchange, I'm done. Coerced speech is incompatible with freedom

From your official FAQ (now deleted and replaced, see update below) about the Code of Conduct revisions (I've bolded the parts that I find objectionable): Q9: Do I have to use pronouns I’m ...
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Let's take a look at the interaction between staff and the “power users” of the network

Recently, it was announced that the "Hot on Meta" questions would no longer show up on the SO sidebar. Sara Chipps elaborated a little bit on why: Stack Overflow Employees have panic attacks and ...
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Is there a good term/phrase to denote the “current events”?

I just answered on Warning potential new moderators? and people (rightfully) rejected my first version where I spoke about "the Monica situation". I agree, we shouldn't associate the name of a ...
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How to disentangle the CoC discussion from the Monica issue?

The last question in the unofficial and awesome Pronominal Proposal is Q30. I heard that someone was removed as a moderator for pronoun-related behaviour that seems, according to the above, as if ...
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What is on the mind of Stack Exchange management?

I can understand that as a for-profit and venture backed corporate entity, Stack Overflow Inc. has to make money and/or make a nice exit, even if it means ... antagonizing the very community that ...
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Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about the LGBTQ+ community?

Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about us? Because it doesn't feel like that. Meta is burning with hatred and heinous speech and SE Inc. is nowhere to be seen. Sure, they made a post that ...
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Define “gender-neutral language”? (CoC FAQ)

From the FAQ regarding the new CoC Q6: What should I do if I don't know someone's pronouns? When in doubt, use gender-neutral language or refer to the user by name. What is "gender-neutral ...
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A storm in a teacup, please calm down [duplicate]

EDIT 2020-01-14: With the firing of community managers, I no longer believe this is a storm in a teacup. Dear friends across the Stack Exchange network. Can we please calm down a bit about the Code ...
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Is the current outrage by the long time community contributors really about pronouns/trans people/Monica? [closed]

This question has nothing to do with whether or not SE wants to fix things or engage with the community, the answers to that are already known: ‘nothing to fix’ and ‘no’. This is about the origins ...
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How should we refer to members of the SE network in a neutral way, and will we be punished for remaining neutral for all reasons?

According to the new CoC: Q9: Do I have to use pronouns I’m unfamiliar or uncomfortable with (e.g., neopronouns like xe, zir, ne... )? Yes, if those are stated by the individual. Q10: ...
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Make viewing deleted posts and vote counts more widely available on Meta SE

Meta SE is where a lot of discussion about things that affect the entire network take place. While most privileges should be locked behind the usual rep progression, there are some that shouldn't be. ...
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May I put my pronouns in my username?

I want to include my preferred pronouns in my username. Is that allowed? Allowed but discouraged? I just want to make it easier for everyone to know, so there's no faux pas.
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0

Effective today, all Subscriber Content on Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network will be available under the terms of version 4.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) ...
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Could all of the “confusion” around pronouns have been avoided if instead it was deliberate misgendering that was targeted?

I think it worthwhile pointing out that the deliberate misuse of pronouns is often a specific instance of misgendering. But not every case of misgendering is pronoun "abuse". In almost all content on ...
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A New Code License: The MIT, this time with Attribution Required

Update: January 15, 2016 Thank you for your patience and feedback. The changes proposed here have been delayed indefinitely - we'll be back later to open some more discussions. Important ...