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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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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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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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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Did the Stack Exchange staff members assist in the apprehension of Ross Ulbricht?

The recent arrest of someone behind Silk Road is in the news today, he was arrested in a San Francisco public library. A couple of background articles here and here. To what extent, if any, did ...
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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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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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What happened with the Stack Overflow layoffs (11/2017)?

I'm curious as to why Stack Exchange laid off 20% of its staff, and crucially why is there a discrepancy between the PR statement "we cut sales and marketing" and the apparently reality of lots of ...
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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 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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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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Does Stack Exchange offer internships?

As a high school student, a future college student, and someone who loves coding and answering questions on SO, I was wondering if there was a Stack Exchange internship, or perhaps something similar, ...
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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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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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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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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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Hide employee reputation points on per-site Metas

Stack Overflow is growing, and an increasing number of employees do not have a lot of reputation points on the SE main sites. Many of them are interacting with the community on the respective Meta ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I destroy SE employee accounts which are incorrectly listed as moderators on a meta site?

We have some employee accounts that are erroneously listed as "moderators" on our meta site. This has caused confusion multiple times. These accounts have no contributions and only a handful of votes....
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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 ...
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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 does duct tape refer to?

Korneel Bouman is listed as Duct Tape. Whats that?
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Who are Stack Overflow Valued Associates?

I have seen "Stack Overflow Valued Associate" on many user profiles. What does it mean?
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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 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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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 ...
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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 ...