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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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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Add an immediately visible indication that a user is a staff member or an employee of SE

With the recent change in the moderator privilege distribution among staff members, not everyone gets an immediately visible diamond symbol next to their name. Hovering over a user card is not the ...
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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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Constable Grace Note?

Stack Exchange employee Grace Note appears on the list of Constable badges for Literature SE. She was never a moderator there, neither appointed nor elected. This must be some sort of bug in the badge ...
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What privileges and tools do Stack Exchange developers (not merely staff) have access to? [closed]

In the spirit of What privileges and tools do staff members without a diamond have access to?, I'd like to ask a similar question, but for users with the developer bit specifically (not just the ...
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Can admins see who downvoted them? If not, do developers with DB access look it up?

I have always wondered, do SO/SE employees/admins have an ability to see who downvoted them? For example, I can see my own downvoted questions on my reputation tab. Does this interface look like it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What privileges and tools do staff members without a diamond have access to?

I noticed that Teresa's recent announcement's first revision was posted with the featured tag. As we know well, this tag is a moderator-only tag. Regular users cannot apply this tag to a question. ...
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Would like to see more employee animations [closed]

There was a recent change in the design of the team page, removing all animations. This request has become irrelevant due to this. Thanks for all the supporters! In the team page, 40 employees got a ...
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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, "...
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Can the combined flair restriction of 200+ rep on at least one site be lifted for a Stack Exchange employee?

I just went over the list of Community Managers and this caught my attention: Different look and feel, too gray... poor Ana deserves more in my opinion. I went and dug up her combined flair just to ...
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Does Stack Exchange have any testers?

I was viewing Stack Exchange profile on Careers and I found that SE had 10 out of 12 in the Joel Test. The interesting thing that I find here is that the SE does not have testers. For a company that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is the Stack Exchange Meta site advertised?

I've noticed that there are a low number of users on Stack Exchange Meta, compared to other SE sites, such as Stack Overflow. Do the Stack Exchange Team ever advertise this site?
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What recourse do I have if I believe an SO employee has unfairly declined a feature request? [closed]

I made a feature request a while back, and a Staff-marked user (who is a paid employee, as I understand correctly) marked it status-declined before the community had voted much on it (must have been -...
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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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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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Post-mortem or root cause analysis of the recent issues (late 2019-early 2020)

Teresa Dietrich recently posted regarding her and the company's efforts to restore community trust and repair the recent unpleasant issues. Now that the company is making at least some meaningful ...
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Text color change for “Staff” and “Moderator” indicator [duplicate]

As per the post, Employee profiles are marked with a "Staff" and "Moderator" indicator. The below screenshot was taken from the announcement post. The below is the current screenshot taken from ...
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Strange blue line in profile page of relatively new staff member [duplicate]

The profile page of this staff member has a strange blue line next to the Staff indicator: Looking at the HTML source, I presume this is because they're not ranked yet: This only seems to happen for ...
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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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Why was “An Update to our Community and an Apology” deleted?

Recently, Sara Chipps posted her message Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. After reading it, I wanted to compare it with her previous post about this subject. It turns out that she deleted it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...