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404: Q1 2022 Community team roadmap not found

Since we are now on our way into the second month of the Q2 of 2022, it is time to address the elephant in the room: where is the Q1 2022 Community team roadmap? It hasn't been published on the blog; ...
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When is the "happy anniversary" banner displayed?

I have noticed a banner saying "Happy 10 year anniversary!" in the right sidebar on some sites recently - on Sports and on Academia. Questions. Is this something which has to be requested ...
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Could the company explain how their recent actions fit in with the stated "commitment to rebuild relationship with our community"?

SE inc. has stated that they're committed to rebuilding a relationship with the community. Given this fact, I would like to ask the company to explain certain recent events. If you haven't already, ...
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Can communities come up with their own site design?

What if a formerly beta site itself (on the site meta) comes up with a temporary design and provides all the needed images in the required formats and resolutions? Would Stack Exchange consider such a ...
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Can communities object to their sites being sponsored?

On Super User, it was announced that the site would be sponsored by Amazon Web Services beginning September 27. I can see the announcement wasn't popular (it had a score of +3/-9 at the time this was ...
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Community team Q4/2021 Roadmap

This is just an FYI: I've just published the Q4 2021 Community team roadmap on the blog (and it's early, even!). I'm taking questions or comments here, or over there. :-)
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What makes a community healthy?

Continuing my series of questions to the community here: Shifting back to community theory a bit, because I’m a geek that way… How do you define a healthy community? By the standard that you just ...
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MSE Feedback post: Feedback on Q3 2021 Community and Public Platform Roadmap

Reposted from the Stack Overflow Blog Hello everyone – for those who don’t know me yet, I’m Philippe, and I’m the new VP of Community here. Long time listener, first time caller… I’ve been working ...
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How'd you get started?

OK, it feels like this is tapering off a little, so I'm going to do the same thing as last week ... I'll still check in here and read, but I'm probably not going to post much more here. The next ...
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The 2021 Community-a-thon has begun!

Today is the first day of the 2021 Stack Exchange Community-a-thon event (the event will continue for the next four weeks). The Community-a-thon is an event for staff of Stack Overflow where employees ...
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What should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

Updated note (with the original post still below the line)- Thank you, very much, for the time you've spent answering these questions. I learned a ton. In fact, as I've hinted below, I'd like to do ...
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State of the Stack Q2 2021 Blog Post

I’ve just posted my Stack of the Stack blog post for Q2 . I cover the Prosus announcement and address questions you’ve raised about what this means for Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange. I also ...
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Best practice about average time to accept an answer and accept answer decision [duplicate]

What is the common sense for the time to accept a user answer? For example, I usually think that I need to wait, for example, 1 week or more, because some questions have more than one answer and I ...
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Are communities ever merged? If so, what is the process?

I was surprised to see we have separate communities for bitcoin, ethereum and perhaps other individual cryptocurrencies, and no overarching cryptocurrency site (we have cryptography but not quite the ...
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What *does* a community manager need to be?

UPDATE 5/5/2021: I had someone from SE management reach out and apologise for the wording of the communications with me. They've clarified that the reasons are entirely geographical and time zone ...
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MSE Feedback post: Q2 2021 Community and Public Platform Roadmap Blog Post

We just posted to our blog about our The Loop: Our Community & Public Platform strategy & roadmap for Q2 2021. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community and Public ...
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State of the Stack Q1 2021 Blog Post

I just posted my first quarterly blog post. I cover what I have learned in my first year at Stack and what the team has accomplished in Q4 and is working on in Q1. I welcome your thoughts and ...
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Am I a Moocher? If so, what can I do about it? [duplicate]

I am sorry to say my answer to question ratio is not very good. It is not because I don't enjoy helping others, but just because I don't have the expertise of many of the other members. I have no ...
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Who is the chief executive officer of Stack Exchange?

I am a new contributor to Stack Exchange, and it has so many websites... the tour page explains it all. I've been through some sites, such as Stack Overflow, and it is well designed! It's almost like ...
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Community Manager Tips from the Community

With the arrival of valued associate #820, it seems like we really need a community-based list of tips for new Community Managers to know when they take up their new mantle with a mega-diamond. What ...
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What is a Curator? What is the Curator Team?

The recent Stack Exchange platform roadmap makes many references to "Curators", a "Curator Team", and a "Curator Support Team": https://stackoverflow.blog/2021/01/28/the-...
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Oh CMs where art thou? (Reprise)

It's been somewhere close to 6 months since I last asked about this, though I've alluded to aspects of this in my response to the latest roadmap. We're hearing a lot of grand plans of eventually ...
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MSE Feedback post: Feedback on Q1 2021 Community and Public Platform Roadmap

I just posted to our blog about our The Loop: Our Community & Public Platform strategy & roadmap for Q1 2021. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community and Public ...
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the evaluation of posts edited by the user Community in SO

From this question: Include posts edited by the Community user in searches with wiki:yes/true/1 What are the purposes of posts edited by the user Community, rules, value of those type of posts etc.? ...
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To answer or not: What makes the difference?

The statistics show that Stack Exchange family websites have a lot of users. For example, Stack Overflow has more than 14M users. However, it seems that the majority of answers come from only a little ...
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How can a Stack Exchange site expand scope significantly, where the scope expansion implies a new name and URL?

Consider Freelancing SE as a hypothetical [for now!] example. Freelancing has been in beta for 7+ years. Given its narrow scope, it doesn't get many questions each year, and that number is shrinking. ...
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Is everything OK at Stack Exchange now?

Background As a 31-year-old male that is emotionally stable (I think...), I just spent the last two hours with tears running down my face as I read 10+ Stack Exchange (SE) posts, blog posts, GoFundMes,...
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CEO Blog Post: Feedback on "Communities and Connections will Power our Growth in 2021"

It’s been a year since I had the honor to join Stack Overflow as CEO. We’ve made a lot of progress in that time, and also faced challenges unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. I’m immensely proud of ...
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MSE Feedback post: Feedback on Q4 2020 Community and Public Platform Roadmap

I just posted to our blog about our Fourth Quarter Community Roadmap for 2020. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community and Public Platform teams aim to deliver this quarter....
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What materials are in Stack Exchange's diversity & inclusion training program?

Recently, Teresa Dietrich said that: All members of the Community Team and selected members of the Public Platform Team have already taken 13 hours of Diversity & Inclusion Training. This ...
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Responding to the Lavender Letter and commitments moving forward

I want to start by acknowledging the hurt and exhaustion that the members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies have experienced in our community as moderators and users. We have read the ...
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Feedback for The Loop, September 2020: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids

September’s Loop Blog post was just published: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids. In this post, we go over the Summer Bridge program that we got to be a part of! The purpose of the program is to expose ...
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Oh CMs Where art thou?

I've been waffling a bit about bringing this up - but what are the plans/status on the new CM hires that were mentioned in the post about SE raising funds? There's certainly demand for their services, ...
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Feedback for The Loop, August 2020: Community-a-thon recap

In this month’s “The Loop” blog post, we did a deep dive and recapped our Community-a-thon event from our Q2 roadmap. I know that the Community has been eager to hear about how the event went. We ...
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Should there be a higher standard for moderating election-related content?

I am cross-posting this (with some edits) here to get a wider audience on this matter as it can be an issue for other communities. In that sense, consider this incident as an example and try to ...
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CEO Blog: Some exciting news about fundraising

I’m really excited to share with you the fact that Stack Overflow just raised $85 million in our series E round of funding. I've written about the investment in detail on our blog. As I said there, ...
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The Q3 2020 Roadmap is up on the Blog

I just posted to our blog about our Third Quarter Community Roadmap for 2020. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community and Public Platform teams aim to work on this quarter. ...
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Stack Overflow 2020 Q1&2 Company Commitments Report Card

Five months ago, Teresa Dietrich posted an introduction and a mission statement of sorts, laying out some admissions of past failures, and intentions for the new year. This was followed by two ...
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Feedback for The Loop - June 2020: Defining the Stack Community

June’s “The Loop” blog post was just posted: Defining the Stack Community. In this post, I attempt to define the term “Community” as it is used on our Public Platform. My overall suggestion can be ...
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The Community Teams @ Stack Exchange and how we work together

I wanted to share with you about who the people that work on our Community are, and how we are organized. For context, I (Teresa Dietrich) am the head of Product, Community, Design and Engineering, a ...
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Policy for SE employees influencing community decisions using mod powers

Under what conditions, if ever, is it acceptable for SE employees to influence community matters on the Meta site of a community they do not actively participate in by upvoting or downvoting posts? I’...
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What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I escalate them?

For context on how this process came to be, please see our initial commitment to responding to Meta and Mods, our guidelines for the testing period, and the results of the initial test and next steps. ...
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How can a site without moderators start the process to get elected and/or appointed moderators?

In a chatroom, someone mentioned having trouble with an aged away spam flag on Ask Patents (the spam is still there as of the posting of this question, weeks after it was posted), and another user ...
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2020 Community-a-thon: Increasing SE staff engagement with our sites and communities

This event has ended, for more info, please see our recap in The Loop, August: Community-a-thon and in our MSE feedback post. As was announced in the Q2 roadmap and subsequently discussed on MSE, we ...
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Meta escalation/response process update (March-April 2020 test results, next steps)

In the beginning of March, I shared a process by which posts that need staff attention could get escalated, and a plan to test it out between March 16 and April 30, 2020. As promised on that post’s ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Hello members of the Meta Community - Hope you all are staying safe during these unprecedented times. I wanted to share my quarterly blog post that I wrote today: The Way Forward: Three months ago,...
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Exactly how much support is required for a feature request to meet the criteria for escalation as per the new procedure?

Looking into the criteria for requesting escalation on meta posts (i.e. to add the status-review tag), it says: For any new question posted during the test period (anything posted from March 16, ...
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Feedback on Q2 2020 Community Roadmap

I just posted to our blog about our Second Quarter Community Roadmap for 2020. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community team will be delivering this quarter. We are ...
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Should stackexchange have a constitution?

Countries, societies and clubs have constitutions. Why not stackexchange? Over the last several months we've seen stackexchange "the company" use/abuse power, push/disrespect boundaries, cause ...
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(How) is the covid-19 situation affecting the 1Q20 timeline/roadmap?

The Q1 2020 Community Roadmap is on the Blog gave a dense timeline, with plenty of actions planned by SE Inc. to happen in March 2020. That post was written 20 days ago, and for many people (at least ...
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