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What can/should we do about the homepage currently being flooded by 'housekeeping'?

Right now, staff members are performing a cleanup of various status-review and status-deferred tags for functionality which is no longer supported (think legacy Jobs, Winter Bash). While some ...
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Indicator on Meta next to the display name of former Staff and/or Mod users for actions performed with that status

When a staff member or a mod posts or performs an action on a site (like commenting, reviews, revisions) their status as Staff and/or Mod status is clearly identified using symbols or text set next to ...
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Farewell Yaakov and thanks for the haiku!

You may soon notice one fewer diamond around the site. The amazing developer, tech lead, and community advocate Yaakov Ellis - user 51(!) - has taken an opportunity elsewhere and today, December 7th, ...
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Thank You, V2Blast

V2Blast is one of those folks who - to me represented a rare mix of skills. I knew him before he was hired and I often found he was a tireless advocate of the places he community managed at and ...
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Practical effects of the October 2023 layoff

I hope that by now you’ve all had a chance to read and digest the announcement and the blog post about today’s layoff. This was not an easy decision to make, nor is this an easy conversation to have. ...
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Thank you, Catija

I've had the pleasure of working with some great community managers here. Cat is one of those folks who's always been cheerful, and deeply cared about this spot. We often nagged her to go to sleep ...
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Community notice: October 2023 layoff announcement [duplicate]

I’d like to call your attention to today’s blog post from Prashanth. Unfortunately, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by roughly 28%. There are more details at the blog, and I ...
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Blog posts by former staff members are missing attribution

Certain blog posts written by members of staff that are no longer with the company seem to be missing the attribution for posts that they wrote. For instance, JNat and animuson: workin' on ur problemz ...
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Which questions are eligible for tagging [status-review] if latest available list is outdated?

The question What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I escalate them? has a list of posts which should be taken into account before escalating bug or feature-request ...
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Why is accounts merging only possible by staff? [duplicate]

To merge several accounts into single one the actions from staff side is needed. Regular user need to request it by contact page, moderators have another special page for this. But in both cases this ...
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Why is SE staff violating SE policy by un-featuring posts about the strike on per-site Metas?

There have been several cases where SE staff has removed the featured tag from per-site Meta posts in relation to the strike, despite no (public) statement from SE regarding that. Unless there is a ...
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Do staff that leave SE still participate in the community or do they just keep their rep/status and become regular users?

I've seen a couple of Farewell posts. Do staff with high or low rep keep it after they leave the company as a status/symbol, or do they come back as regular users and just help the community?
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May 2023 layoff impacting 58 SO/SE staff

A few minutes ago, CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar posted a note to our blog to share the news that Stack Overflow has made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce by 58 people, or about 10% of our ...
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Former(?) staff member still listed as moderator on Area 51

It seems Nicolas Chabanovsky left the company? I am not sure if there will be an announcement like this one – if not, спасибо Nicholas for all the work you've done! Let me honor you with a bug report: ...
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Announcement: Teresa Dietrich leaves Stack

Some of you know Teresa Dietrich, our Chief Product Officer. Teresa’s last day with the company was Friday, April 21st. In the 3+ years that she was here, Teresa had a huge impact on the company and ...
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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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Comment author's username shifts downward (compared to the rest of the line) on narrow screens

On narrow screens (e.g., Android Chrome), the username of a comment author is displayed shifted downward in the comment section (especially for users with the "Staff" and "Mod" ...
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Staff label is not shown beside the staff username in 'Recent Badges'

This is how the 'Recent Badges' section looks like in MSE home page: (you have to hide hot network questions in the profile settings in order to see it) When I saw a particular user, whom I did not ...
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Has a mandatory comment for the vote system ever been trialled?

I have seen discussions of a mandatory comment system for downvotes discussed both on and off Stack Exchange sites. Take for example this community wiki discussion. The accepted answers raises some ...
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Is Stack Exchange going to limit content related to work about open-source code or statistical data likely to be under a ban in the United States?

The Office of Foreign Assets Control which is the agency for managing sanctions, took sanctions not only against the organisation of an open source project, but made it broad enough to target the open ...
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Consider having someone spot-check the rendering of blog posts after they are posted [duplicate]

We've had a few bugs about issues with the rendering of blog posts, including unloaded characters in the blog post title, broken links, HTML entities appearing in the text, etc. After discussing the ...
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Do we really need "new contributor" messages for Stack Exchange staff?

From this Chess.SE meta post we have: It feels a bit mismatched for this message to pop up for Stack Exchange staff. Question: Do we really need "new contributor" messages for Stack ...
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What is a "valued" associate in 2022?

Two days ago, Emerson joined the T&S team. As the title suggests, he is considered as a "valued associate". This led me to the question: What is a valued associate and do you have "...
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Old account of new staff member is showing up as a moderator here on Meta

As another result of an account merge gone wrong, and similar to Who is Samuel Ordonez and why are they a moderator here?, the old account of new staff member @Emerson is showing up as a ♦ moderator ...
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Inconsistency in reputation (history) for new hire

There seems to be something wrong with the vote-to-reputation converter or whatever it's called. This answer by the new Valued Associate received 12 upvotes so far: but his reputation is only 21, ...
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Add a date range filter to the mass URL replacement tool

Stack Exchange staff has a simple search-and-replace tool to rewrite (broken) links without bumping the post. Can it be extended with a date range filter, so that it can update posts which were ...
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How are 'status-deferred' and 'status-declined' used by staff?

This isn't covered by How does Meta Stack Exchange work?, as that just explains the tags, but I want to know how they are used by the staff. From experience this differs from the tag description. As ...
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Announcing our new Manager, Community Trust & Safety: Cesar M

When I joined Stack Overflow (the company, not the site), I was initially asked to work on a nascent Trust and Safety team. This was a new team for the community department, just formed, at the ...
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Are we celebrating Marc Gravell's farewell on /users?tab=moderators page of every site? :)

While checking the list of moderators on a main site, I'm surprised to find the name of a staff member! Yes, Marc Gravell is appearing on all sites. Here is a screenshot of /users?tab=moderators page ...
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Thank you, Marc Gravell!

Today, valued associate #6 Marc Gravell announced he's leaving the company: Excited, scared, happysad. The end of a personal era; after over 11 years (https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/06/09/welcome-...
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Does Stack Exchange have a mechanism to ask users about changes? [duplicate]

Sometimes we get fait accompli declarations like We’ve removed the option to disable the fixed top bar which turn out to get lots of downvotes. I am sure that I don't need to quote more than just ...
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Thank you, Jarrod Dixon

Jarrod Dixon, Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00002, announced yesterday that he is no longer working at Stack Overflow: @jarrod_dixon: After over 13 years at @StackOverflow, today is my last day :( ...
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What's one thing that you wish we remembered?

Twice this week, I heard some permutation on the phrase "if only [they (mods, staff)] knew that we...." In the first case, it was "if only the staff knew how much time we spend on sock ...
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Farewell, Brian!

Thursday we said goodbye to Brian Nickel, the dev largely responsible for the (sadly, now de-listed) Stack Exchange iOS app... but he's done much more than that in his time here as a valued member of ...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish Nick Craver!

Some folks tend to leave an indelible impression on the spaces they've been in, whether or not they're noticed. While admittedly, most of my interactions with Nick have been off the sites proper - ...
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Staff members no longer have Staff labels on their main sites profile page

Here's what the username line looks like on RPG main And meta (sorry @Slate, I just happened to spot it on your profile): From a brief investigation, this appears to affect all staff and ...
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What are the criteria for becoming an employee of Stack Overflow?

I am new on this site and was reading this question. First of all congratulations to user Slate and user Charlotte. I have some questions: If someone wants to become a Stack Overflow staff member, ...
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Constable Grace Note?

Stack Exchange employee Grace Note appears on the list of Constable badges for Literature SE. They were never a moderator there, neither appointed nor elected. This must be some sort of bug in the ...
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Are Philippe and Rosie doppelgängers?

Looking at the profile of Sara Chipps ♦ (our Director of community), something struck me as odd. She has recently posted, amongst others, two posts welcoming the latest additions to the CM team, ...
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New Community Managers have no "staff" indicator in their profile

Since July 2019, Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator. This worked well and people working for Stack Exchange back then indeed got the indicator, however looks like it stopped ...
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What's the difference between a regular CM and a Staff CM?

I noticed there was an opening for a Staff CM on the work here page. Broadly speaking - the requirements are identical to our regular CMs. Requirements seem the same, with the 3-5 year experience ...
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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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Is the SE feature request triage team overworked?

This feature request has been out there for 6 months with no real answer. It's not a major enhancement - it's just reversing a (seemingly useless) change. I don't expect an immediate change. But after ...
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A big thank you, Tim Post

As you may have seen, this was Tim Post’s last week at Stack Overflow. To say that he has been a staple of this company for a very long time is an understatement. Tim has served as a community manager,...
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Thank you, Tim Post [duplicate]

https://twitter.com/tinkertim/status/1326989993928237057 Tomorrow is my last day at @StackOverflow. I can't begin to say how grateful I am to everyone that made the last (almost) 8 years of my career ...
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Thank you, Geoff

It seems that after 11 years, Geoff Dalgas - "Valued Associate #00003" - has decided to hang up his hat as a developer at Stack Exchange. That deserves... Some recognition and gratitude! Let'...
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What exactly is the Community Evangelist role and what does it mean?

There is a Stack Exchange staff member with the role "Community Evangelist", as mentioned here: This person is not part of the Community Management Team, where their role is explained. What ...
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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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We need a "former staff" account flag

Not too long ago a flag in user accounts was added to help denote SO staff The catch here is that it doesn't indicate who was previously staff. This problem was originally limited to tertiary ...
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