Questions tagged [stack-exchange-team]

For questions about the team of people behind the Stack Exchange network (developers, community managers, etc.), also known as employees of Stack Overflow (the company). They can be identified by an orange "Staff" badge on their user profiles.

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Why is SE gutting the CM team?

It looks like SE has fired two of the most experienced CMs just now. What does this mean for the community, and for the plans SE has for the future of the network? In a blog post about new feedback ...
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

The title says it all. Thank you, Robert Cartaino, for everything you did for SE and the community. I don't post much on MSE, but have been a mod for about eight years. There is a lot that can go on ...
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How long can Moderator Resignation notices be featured?

How long are moderator resignation posts allowed to be featured in the sidebars of our sites?
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Change in roles for Jon Ericson (leaving SE)

It’s a bit surreal to be writing this post—not many people can say they left their dream job twice. Today is my last day as an employee of Stack Overflow. I’ll be joining College Confidential as their ...
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Thank you, Shog9

@Shog9, a longtime Community Manager here at Stack Exchange, has just tweeted that he is no longer working at Stack Overflow: @shog9: Well... I suddenly find myself in need of work. If anyone's ...
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I am sorry. Please, accept my apology

To the Community Team and those behind them. To the developers and those who assist them. To any Stack Exchange employee who might have read something I said out of anger and took it personally. ...
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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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Goodbye and thank you, Jaydles!

Today is Jay Hanlon’s (aka Jaydles) last day at Stack Overflow. Since I’ve been working with him for nearly 7 years now, I wanted to take a minute to wish him a public goodbye. Jay joined us way back ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

In a completely hypothetical situation wherein a known employee of Stack Overflow takes public actions that are objectively detrimental to both the company and community, and for which actions shows ...
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How to find all recent posts and comments by SE staff?

How might I review all staff posts and comments published since late September? If that's not possible, then how about just the posts?
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Where can I access a list of users who are Stack Exchange employees?

I checked multiple related questions and the only answer I found is a now defunct link: https://stackexchange.com/about/team. It redirects me to https://stackoverflow.com/company (which is weird in ...
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Why are moderators who become Stack Exchange employees required to resign as moderators as a condition of employment?

In an answer to a related question I asked yesterday, a Stack Exchange community manager said: Remember that when a moderator is hired as a Stack Exchange employee, they have to step down as a ...
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Are non-diamond staff subject to the community-elected moderators?

It has been mentioned in several places (for example here) that not all employees of Stack Exchange receive moderator diamonds on the sites. Are non-diamond staff subject to the regular community ...
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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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How exactly does the moderator inactivity process interact with employment at SE and employee moderator rights?

I had previously asked a question about the procedure for removing moderators who become inactive from moderating their site, and the answer basically boiled down to this: a moderator has to take at ...
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Are there any guidelines for changes of this magnitude?

By now most people are aware that the value of question upvotes was changed, and millions of reputation points were retroactively awarded. For the purposes of this question let's ignore any debates ...
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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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How can one appropriately and constructively criticize or complain about a Stack Exchange employee on Meta Stack Exchange?

Related: Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee? In an answer to the question above, Shog9 ♦ mentioned that calling for a staff member's immediate removal can be ...
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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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How do users escalate concerns about an abusive employee?

Is there a formal grievance policy for reporting incidents where you believe an employee of Stack Exchange has been malicious towards a user of the network? I'm looking for some official, ideally ...
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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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Following up issues that former employees were handling

I was led into a trail of investigation into a UI issue from this post on Meta Stack Overflow Review queue showing review alert for users who can't review, that led me to this post Please don'...
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Does or should the Stack Exchange team serve at the pleasure of the community?

Does the Stack Exchange team serve at the pleasure of the community? If so, what can the community do to hold the Stack Exchange team to account? If not, are there any plans to give the community ...
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Allow staff members to opt out of reputation

Related: How do downvoted questions/announcements affect staff/moderators? I have wanted to post something like this at least since I saw a staff member drop all the way to one reputation on the ...
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Avoid “shipping” news on a Friday evening

We learned (or were painfully reminded, rather) to never ship at 6 PM (EDT) on a Friday. We didn’t follow that rule last week and as a result there was a lot of confusion over the weekend. Even more, ...
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Can the Community Team lift a post ban?

On Meta Stack Overflow, a user reported that they had been Question Banned on Stack Overflow as a result of apparently abusive voting activity. A moderator replied with the following comment: I am ...
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Can employees please provide some indication that a lower-priority request is being looked into or has been internally reported?

This is not a duplicate of Can we have a guaranteed pipeline for responses from Stack Exchange?. That specifically refers to high-profile requests that receive a lot of votes, and the answer there ...
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Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator

Starting today, all staff member accounts will have "Staff" next to their name on their user profile. It looks like this: For reference, it used to look like this: We took our cue from the existing ...
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Should staff be allowed to vote, edit votes, and change sites?

I know this question isn't going to change company policy externally, much less internally, but I think it's very important that the community gets a voice in this. Should Stack Exchange staff be ...
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Are staff members marked as moderators for every site they join?

I looked at Catija's profile and noticed that she was a staff member. I also noticed that all of the communities she was part of (even the one's with just 101 default rep), she was marked as a ...
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Can we have a square or triangle or heart or *something* after employees' names?

Given that not all employees have a diamond: All Stack Overflow employees aren't given a moderator diamond; the Community team has tightened up internal policies regarding who gets one and who ...
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How to search for questions from ♦ users (moderators / Valued Associates <— employees )?

We have announcements on Meta SE but it could be used by anyone, by the other hand we have featured on Meta sites but it's not always used and it isn't kept forever. Is there a way to search for ...
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Keep “Employee” on the profile of SE employees on meta [duplicate]

Currently, SE employees are given diamonds wherever they need them. I agree with Jeff on this to some degree, employees shouldn't be treated any different. But... on meta, employees are different. ...
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How can I verify an account as belonging to a Stack Exchange employee? [duplicate]

Recently on Meta SO, someone reported an animated ad. Someone using the name Will Westendorf responded, with the claim that they are an official Stack Exchange employee. However, their profile does ...
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What happens to a user who has received a ton of downvotes?

I was always curious to what happens to users that have a ton of downvotes on their question/topics. Maybe I'm just finding this unfair for this guy. After all, he is just doing his job to post an ...
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Is there a way to appeal decisions made by the Stack Overflow Support Team team members?

I made a support request with the Stack Overflow Support Team on May 14th, 2019. The team member responded to my request the next day. I believed that the course of action proposed by the team ...
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Who are the users that work for Stack Overflow?

I know Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky are the owners or creators because I came by the site from reading their blogs. Who else works for Stack Overflow in here? Does Jon Skeet? There's also a fair ...
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Who fixes issue reports of Stack Exchange?

There are moderators who apply a "status tag" (also known as red tag) on questions tagged as bugs and feature-request, e.g. (status-completed, status-declined, status-norepro etc.) Are these ...
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What super-powers does SE staff have, that diamond moderators do not have?

What super-powers do SE staff have, that diamond moderators do not? See also: Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role? Differentiate between employees and moderators
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Working for Stack Exchange, who and how? [duplicate]

I would like to know, how can a user become a Stack Exchange employee? What if I've asked a lot of questions and earned good badges and a lot of points? How is it possible? I've read Stack Exchange ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a policy of forcing its employees into Mandatory Arbitration over Sexual Harassment claims?

I was just reading this article released today by the Intercept GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK ENDED MANDATORY ARBITRATION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS. WILL WORKERS OUTSIDE THE TECH INDUSTRY BENEFIT? And, ...
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What privacy expectations are moderators who gain privileges by being SE employees subject to?

The moderator agreement, located at https://meta.stackexchange.com/legal/moderator-agreement, has the following text at the bottom: I acknowledge and agree that I am an independent volunteer ...
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Is there a page that allows mere mortals to know who actually works for Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

So, there are mods, and there are Mods - by which 1 mean the 101 diamonds / actual Stack Exchange employees who have access to the devs, etc. By playing around regular input and activity on the ...
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Do all of the Stack Exchange staff have access to a user's information?

When a user of Stack Exchange runs into trouble, e.g. gets into an argument with another user or moderator and incurs a suspension, I understand that volunteer diamond moderators and some Stack ...
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What are the specific hours of the day that remote Stack Overflow staff work?

How are the different time zones of remote team members at Stack Overflow accounted for? In a recent interview Joel Spolsky mentions that remote work is best done within similar time zones to allow ...
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Staff members who aren't moderators should have binding edit privileges here on MSE

Recently, many staff members who lack moderator diamonds have been posting here. Such staff members have a secret "staff" flag on them, which allows them access into the staff-only chat rooms on Meta ...
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Is the Stack Exchange team now getting paid more than slave wages?

Since the beginning of Stack Overflow, Jeff Atwood has been saying that the team have been paid slave wages. With the success of Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User et al has this ...
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Hire one (or more) “official” lawyer to roam the [legal] questions on the SE network

IANAL et al. is usually the start of answers to [legal] questions on any SE site (e.g. this). You usually end up with personal opinions which sound sensible and the accepted answer is often the one ...
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Given that the team@ email addresses are publicly exposed, who is responsible for them on the team?

Given that the team@ email addresses are publicly exposed, who is responsible for them on the team? Who should we expect to be handling the email addresses, and what's the usual turnaround time if we ...
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Jess Pardue has a wrong link!

In http://stackexchange.com/about/team, if account is linked, it linked to network profile. Hers is uncaught exception - it links to MSE profile.