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Why is SE Meta so downvotish?

I see many questions on Meta SE that are very interesting to me but many long-time users are so quick to down vote. Why can't Meta SE be more inviting to new members and give real solutions to improve ...
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We spent a sprint addressing your requests — here’s how it went

You may have noticed posts getting status-completed at an unusually high rate last week — there’s a reason for that, which I’ll get into further down. But first, some context for those who might need ...
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The state of the stack a year on : A retrospective on "Stack Exchange is failing its community"

I'm pretty sure I don't want to do this every year, but I've been randomly reminded of my old post after the downsizings before last… about 4 times in the last two weeks. It seems like a sign. I feel ...
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Options when locking an official discussion post that keep communication avenues open

We're all struggling with communication and community stress. Trust is low and people are concerned. There are lots of changes occurring and it's not always easy to follow along or keep up-to-date. ...
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Changing how community leadership works on Stack Exchange: a proposal and rough timeline

For nearly fifteen years, Stack Exchange community leadership has taken a very simple form: there is the community-at-large, and there are moderators elected by ranked-choice voting. This system is ...
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Please bring back the Community Roadmap posts

When I began work on the now defunct Community Leadership Team in early 2020, one of our early initiatives was to share details on the work being done for the community from both Community and ...
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2023 Community-a-thon recap

I announced several weeks ago that the company was holding its fourth Community-a-thon event and that after the event I’d be posting a recap as we did last year. This year’s event was different from ...
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Lack of Company follow-through / Company failure to meet expectations

Update 2024-07-19: Last Friday, the company announced unpopular changes to the Creative Commons Data dump, and used the same playbook whereby the Company has asked employees not to engage on the Meta ...
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Let's talk about (community) health

In my team, we spend a lot of time thinking about the nebulously defined concept of "community health". It seems to be one of those things that everyone knows is important, but nobody can ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

Obviously, being there and seeing for myself is ideal, but with a network as big as ours, that’s not always possible. So please tell me: what’s one thing that you think it's critical to know, in ...
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What is the best way to keep Stack Overflow strong now that we have ChatGPT? [closed]

I saw an article, After ChatGPT disruption, Stack Overflow lays off 28 percent of staff. Stack Overflow helps me a ton. I suspect many AI's knowledge comes from user-generated content on the Internet.....
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Community-a-thon 2023 kicks off on October 13th

TL;DR: Our fourth Community-a-thon will kick off on October 13, 2023 and continue until October 18th, 2023. This is an annual event where staff at Stack Overflow are encouraged to participate on the ...
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Will there be a Community-a-thon 2023, and if so when will it begin?

After reading Rosie's post about sunsetting Winter/Summer Bash, I wanted to know if Community-a-thon will continue or not. Also, are there any pre-defined dates for Community-a-thon? Community-a-thon ...
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Community Health Dashboards

This is based on a recent Meta Software Engineering question. It would be interesting to expose, to the community, information about community health. The Meta Software Engineering question asked ...
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Moderation strike: Conclusion and the way forward

Negotiations between strike representatives and Stack Exchange, Inc. have come to a close, with a mutually acceptable agreement being reached and announced. With that agreement being reached, we'd ...
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What do you feel like is still missing to end the strike?

The negotiations have ended and the Moderation strike: Results of negotiations post has been received overwhelmingly positively (at the time of writing this post +359/-3). That being said, it seems ...
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Moderation strike: Results of negotiations

We have reached the following conclusions during negotiations between community-selected strike representatives and representatives of Stack Exchange, Inc. This aims to address most of the concerns ...
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What is "Community" in the Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow context?

I've been reading a bunch of messages from assorted staff. Some internal, such as on Meta, some in the company blog and other annoncements, and some on media releases. Most from the CEO, or C-level ...
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Why has only a minority of SE moderators indicated their support for the "strike"?

As of the time of writing, 113 out of 538 total Stack Exchange network moderators have signed the open strike letter, a percentage of 21%, and this number continues to grow." This is claimed ...
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Do basically all ~1500 people on strike need to separately enter into "mandatory arbitration" after 90 days?

Currently there is an ongoing strike (Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers) which has led to (as at the time of writing) 124 ...
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What happened to the Moderator Council?

The Moderator Council was introduced with some fanfare in 2020 in the aftermath of the Monica Cellio controversy, but I hear it is no longer active. What activities did it engage in (if any) and what ...
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Would the striking moderators welcome a user strike? Should we, the users, go on strike?

As we know, there is a call for a strike from the moderators on the entire network. I support the moderators. It occurred to me, perhaps a little late, that my participating on the site as usual — ...
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Moderation Strike update: Data dumps, choosing representatives, GPT data, and where we’re holding

Update On August 2nd, 2023, negotiations between community representatives and representatives of the company concluded with an agreement being reached. The details of the agreement can be found at ...
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Price of AI floodgates inaction

I was going to post this as an answer (among many) under @Philippe's Statement from SO: June 5, 2023 Moderator Action, but that's currently locked, apparently due to concerns about the title, out of ...
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This community is the Stack Exchange network

I am relatively new to the Stack Exchange network, I've only been active on Stack Overflow for a few months now. I must say, I have been consistently amazed by this community and everything it does. ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Update On August 2nd, 2023, negotiations between community representatives and representatives of the company concluded with an agreement being reached. The details of the agreement can be found at ...
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Is there an external space dedicated or strongly related to Stack Exchange Community?

The chat initially referred to as "the third place", Web-based IRC for the Trilogy?, for whatever reason, has been left at the bottom of the feature-request queue. I'm wondering if there is ...
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How is SE justifying the new AI policy?

Yes, the new AI policy is bad. However, on top of that, I am not convinced the company has any right1 to try to impose it. The first thing claimed in the Tour page of all sites is (emphasis mine): $...
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Stack Exchange is failing its community

I guess this is very much an intervention. There's a few policies in the pipeline - here's one, and there's another one that's not been officially announced that a good many moderators are opposed to. ...
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Why ask for questions and concerns if you aren't going to address them?

On May 3rd, staff posted an announcement on the Software Engineering Meta saying that additional ad space would be added to Software Engineering in the next week and to raise and questions or concerns....
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How should mods of per-site-meta with low / slow participation handle posts that if posted here will be negatively received?

TL;DR: I'm a moderator in Web Applications, and I was elected in 2020. When I have considered to take a tough decision, like suspend a user, I have discussed it privately. One of my major concerns is ...
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Maybe we need a 'generic' account for some staff activities

Every year, we end up needing to get community managers to get someone to change the selected answer for this post. If I understand correctly, this needs a bit of a special tool or developer time. We ...
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Who is "The community team"? [duplicate]

The answer stated: The community team periodically looks at the work load... For me it's not clear who is "community team" for each particular SE site.
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What about the introduction of a new feature which raises the requirement for moderators to close questions from experienced users? [closed]

There were already similar questions back here in 2011 here in 2009 respectively. However, this issue must be raised again in slightly different manner because the SO platform functionality has ...
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Are spammers and trolls part of the community?

This is a much more philosophical question than most. It is inspired by the question Is "the community" an arbiter or an authority of "belonging" on the site? as it relates to the ...
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Is "the community" an arbiter or an authority of "belonging" on the site?

tl;dr version: Is "the community" a legislative body or a judicial one? In What topics can I ask about here? there are a few guidelines right at the top that ostensibly inform you whether or ...
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Demonym (nickname) for a Stack Exchange user? [duplicate]

I wonder if there is a noun meaning a person who uses Stack Exchange. Please see this question. What is the equivalent of a demonym, but for organizations?
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2022 Community-a-thon Recap

In October we announced the beginning of our third Community-a-thon event. The event took place between October 19 and November 8, 2022. The goals for the event are similar to those from the previous ...
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Help us identify new roles for community members

Update 2 (March 6, 23) We made a shortlist of the most promising suggestions from the answers provided, and we then shared our findings with Philippe Beaudette, our VP of Community. After some ...
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The 2022 Community-a-thon has begun!

Our third Community-a-thon kicked off today. This is a three week event that will continue through November 8th. This is an event we hold for the staff at Stack Overflow. During the course of the ...
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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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