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Firing Community Managers: Stack Exchange is not interested in cooperating with the community, is it?

Less than a month ago, there was some settling of the incident with firing Monica. It's obvious that there was not a lot of approval from the community on the course of action chosen by SE, or the ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Over the past weeks, the uproar has been vast, spanning the new Code of Conduct, Stack Exchange's conduct over the years, and more. Gallons of internet ink have been spilled by everyone involved, ...
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Stack Overflow for Teams is now free for up to 50 users, forever

Today we’re launching our Free plan on Stack Overflow for Teams. We know that sharing knowledge and async collaboration is critical to companies and teams of all sizes. We also know people need a good ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

What are Stack Exchange, Inc.'s policies regarding whether and when private or sensitive information will be shared by the company with the public, and particularly with the press? By "private ...
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What is Stack Overflow's business model?

I once answered a question that asked how Stack Overflow makes money, but that was before the time of VC. Now, Stack Overflow has cash, and they have an ever-growing list of employees, but where's the ...
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Why is SE removing links and community ads about a legal fund campaign?

Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments, as well as community ads surrounding Monica's situation and reinstatement. Why? [This ...
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How can we put pressure on Stack Exchange Inc. without damaging the community?

Is there a constructive way to put pressure on Stack Exchange (the company) without putting any pressure on the community in general and the moderators in particular? Goals Give Monica her diamond(s)...
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Why haven't the statements to the Register been retracted?

Why haven't the statements made by the Stack Exchange director of community: In response to an email from The Register, Stack Exchange director of community Sara Chipps said, "On Friday, we ...
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Could Stack Exchange be less American-centric?

In the loop survey, a question wrecks my mind: Note that this survey has been updated; the original version had far fewer options which staff explained was a mistake. Of course I selected Other: ...
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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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A general call for increased transparency from Stack Exchange, Incꓸ

As everyone who has so much as glanced at Meta.SE or any of a number of site metas over the last few days knows by this point, there has been a lot of controversy over the demodding (which many have ...
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What does the recent sale of Stack Exchange mean for the community?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Stack Exchange has been sold for $1.8 billion. What does this mean for the community as a whole? Are there any changes coming as a result? If so, can we ...
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Is Stack Exchange still planning to respond to the community's open letters?

On October 6th, moderators, ex-moderators, and members of the community published two open letters to Stack Exchange Inc.. These letters have, as of today, been signed 768 times (general letter) and ...
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Make public Q&A a nonprofit

It is not news that the relationship between the community of invested Stack Overflow users and the company is at an all-time low. The core reason is arguably an unresolvable tension between their ...
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Once Jeff Atwood left the company, who became "in charge"?

Now that Jeff Atwood has moved on (see Joel's blog, and Jeff's own), who succeeded him as the ultimate authority over feature requests, change requests, cross-site policy, and the like? To be ...
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Has Stack Overflow requested a retraction of The Register article?

Obviously, the details of the settlement with Monica are not public, but has SO made the public action of requesting that The Register's article about the mod situation be removed or modified to not ...
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The new CEO discusses his vision for the growth of SO, in an article behind a paywall

Yesterday I stumbled on a Facebook post by SO, which quotes the new CEO: If we did not not have our community, we would not exist. It's very much part of our DNA. Further on the Facebook posts ...
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Will we hear from the Director of Public Q&A regarding current events?

As one of the primary participants in the current drama theatre that is MSE, will the Director of Public Q&A direct her efforts to the public Q&A (not Twitter)? I hold hope that if / when she ...
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What happened with the Stack Overflow layoffs (2017-11-02)?

I’m curious as to why Stack Exchange laid off 20% of its staff, and crucially why there is a discrepancy between the PR statement “we cut sales and marketing” and the apparent reality of lots of ...
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Is Stack Exchange interested to learn from another similar case at GitLab?

I've seen a bunch of things lately and finally this is my last thought on this process. Stack Exchange sites are communities: we're not one community, but multiple which overlap in myriads of manners ...
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We need to stop hoping for change in, or help from, SO Inc

This is a message primarily aimed at the avid SE users. Those of us who spend several hours, most every day, asking or answering or editing or closing or reopening or otherwise contributing to the ...
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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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New VP of Community, plus two more community managers

In May, I posted a job for a VP of Community because we decided that adding that role appropriately reflected the importance we place on community and the Community Team’s role as a voice for our ...
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To stay or to quit: a conflicted user's guide

I've been a Stack Exchange user for over five years, and a moderator on one Stack Exchange site for three and a half of those years. In that time, there have been occasions when I've entertained the ...
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What is the role of Director of Public Q&A?

I gather that the company that runs the Stack Exchange network of sites has a role with this title. What is this role about? Is the job description published anywhere?
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Please apologise properly to Monica

Teresa Dietrich asked moderators who have resigned or suspended activity to post on Meta if issues remained unaddressed. I haven't resigned or suspended activity but I am a moderator and as indicated ...
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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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How does one join the new "working group"?

In today's blog post Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening, it is mentioned, That’s why we’re creating a working group of users made up of people from all corners of the developer ...
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Moderators don't hunt down "questionable grammar"

In the description for the job opening Vice President of Community Management - which I'm glad to see you're hiring for - there's this line: We have a network of over 500 volunteer moderators who are ...
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As a regular user, what is my incentive to continue to contribute?

I'm a half active user who has been mildly contributing to SO and SE, and I have watched the recent conflict arise over the last few weeks. Frankly, it disgusts me. I'm not your top-of-the-bar high-...
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Kings, Farmers, and Moderators

I spend most of my SE time on Worldbuilding and rarely post or even spectate over here. But after taking a three-month hiatus changing locale and jobs in the real world, I logged back onto SE only to ...
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Can a fired moderator be elected as a moderator?

While this question is inspired by recent events, it is an independent question and not tied down to any specific moderator or situation. There's precedent for a moderator who resigned their diamond ...
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We’re looking for a new Vice President of Community at Stack Overflow

You might have noticed that we posted a VP of Community job description on our “Careers at Stack Overflow” page. It’s a big role, and important here at the company. As we move forward in the process ...
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Who in the company is responsible for accessibility?

We've had a number of accessibility concerns/complaints lately: "The Loop May 2020" contains inaccessible image with no transcription (May 26, 2020) Changes to the close dialogue have ...
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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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Please open up hiring Community Manager positions to experienced members of the community

There have been some recent hirings for new Community Managers and the Community Team in general recently, including Ayo and Rosie, which is great! The CM team has been severely understaffed for years ...
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Has anyone tried approaching any of the investors to improve community-company communication?

We've had woefully poor success attempting to dialogue with the company through Meta, a petition, email, phone, and the Contact Us form. What attempts, if any, have been made to reach out to members ...
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What will be Teresa Dietrich's new role at Stack Overflow?

It was announced today that Teresa Dietrich will be joining Stack Overflow as a Chief Product Officer. When reading the website, there seems to be little to no information regarding this function. ...
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Is SE admitting they don't deem recent issues as important?

In this recent blog SE lists out some of the problems with meta. They make some great points, but this one in particular stood out to me: Meta requests don’t integrate with any existing ...
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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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Is it time for Stack Exchange, Inc and the community to legally separate amicably?

There's no need to rehash the issues that have led to a lack of trust between the employees of Stack Exchange, Inc and the members of the community. Suffice it to say that astoundingly they continue ...
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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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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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Have there been any statements from the CEO in relation to the current crisis of confidence?

I have just read the blog post, An Interview with Stack Overflow CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar. The interview contains nothing in relation to the current situation where moderators are resigning and at ...
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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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SEI's recent business decisions and concerns about its long-term financial stability and growth

Over the last several months, we've seen a number of events transpire that reflect an aggressive effort by Stack Exchange, Inc (SEI) to monetize its platform. The removal of Monica as moderator, ...
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Social media disclaimer policy for SE Staff

The most recent SE incident (as well as several others earlier) was largely inflated by the interaction of SE/SE Staff with the press and some social media interactions (tweets/re-tweets, in ...
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Is Stack Exchange staff removing GoFundMe links?

According to this announcement, Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments Yet browsing around Meta Stack Exchange, I still ...
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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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How does Stack Overflow plan on increasing traffic and user base of other Network sites?

As an answer to another question I wrote out an analysis that, effectively, Stack Overflow is likely close to the point of saturation. Consider the following: According to Evans Data Corporation, ...
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