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No... Thank you. My head's still spinning; nothing lasts forever, but... Sometimes we fool ourselves thinking it might. But one thing I know: I'm deeply, sincerely touched by this thread. I've always considered y'all - the people who make up Stack Overflow - to be my boss, my leader in this job. And... shit... y'all have been the best boss I've ever been ...


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We’re seeking to align the company so that it can continue growing in 2020 and we continue to be committed in investing in the community and ensuring that it has a seat at the table as we keep moving forward. These changes are a part of that process. (source) In other words, you feel that the best way of ensuring that the community has a seat at the table ...


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I write this post with tears literally in my eyes. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, especially Mi Yodeya which I cherish and have helped build for close to nine years, I have decided I must leave the Stack Exchange network. I became a user on my first SE site in 2011 when Mi Yodeya launched. For most of the time since then I've been an ...


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Nowadays I'm always logged out of Stack Overflow so I'm not tempted to contribute, but I have logged in for this. The world must be crazy. Shog9 is, in large part, the embodiment of what I find amazing, inspiring and humane in this community and in Stack Overflow in general. I can't believe any sane company would let him go away. A few things I really want ...


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I worked with Jon for a long time. He joined the company 6 and a half years ago, but I had already been working with him for a lot longer than that. Even though we didn't really know each other or particularly even care to know more about the people behind the names in those days... We had been working together since the very beginnings of Stack Overflow, ...


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This action and the response from SE are an insult to every meta user's intelligence. I refuse to accept that someone would actually think that firing the people that could hold this community together after all that's happened would be the right move into investing in the community. I don't know why you folks at management are doing what you're doing, but ...


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Shog, You taught me how to conduct myself in a written form. You taught me how to convey compassion and empathy. You taught me the value of a subtle take. You taught me how to help open minds to change without trying to bend them to my will. You taught me how to moderate. You taught me how to make mistakes gracefully, and how to own up to them to ...


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It's such an amazing honor for me to join Stack Overflow and the Community Team. I've long respected their work and I look forward to sticking my oar into things, figuring out what needs help, and being there to at least listen, but hopefully actually act. I know that the Network is a complicated place with a varied collection of needs and that what works ...


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We’re seeking to align the company so that it can continue growing in 2020 and we continue to be committed in investing in the community and ensuring that it has a seat at the table as we keep moving forward. Bummer. And I just decided to get up, and leave my chair at Stack Overflow. Last summer, my plan was to double my reputation to at least 250 K ...


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I know I won't be the first or last, but I just wanted to say thank you for everything, Shog. I'm going to share one of my favorite memories, too many Shogs. May all those Shogs live on forever on Stack Exchange.


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Logging in for this. Shog, if you're reading this, I know what you're going through and I'm here for you man. You make up a big chunk of my fond memories of SO's early years. You have shown me true kindness and humility. I have great respect for you as a coworker and a friend. We bonded over food many times. I wish you the best in your future adventures. ...


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There are folks I can't imagine this network be without. (and at this point, a few people I imagine we would be better off without). I think its pretty clear which one I consider Shog to be. You will be missed - you had a gift for understanding the community and people. I've often said SE needed wisdom, grace and courage, and you're one of the folks who ...


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College Confidential is a good site and it will be even better with you on board. (I can't help but wonder what factors might have led you to this decision, but of course it's up to you how much or how little you want to share.) Update: Here is an excerpt of the Jan 17, 2020 blog post Jon published called "Why I left Stack Overflow": In September and ...


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This isn't a good news to hear at all. I'm definitely trying my best to hide my tears. Starting from when I was a new Stack Overflow moderator, till now, Shog has been a mentor and a role model to me and to others in the mod chat room. I would definitely miss Shog, and I am sure that he can never be replaced. Shog used to work multiple extra hours just to ...


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Shog, the opportunity to work with and learn from you was a highlight of my 2019. Really sad to hear this news. I can't even imagine how different my experience (and hence the community's, too) would have been without the influence and wisdom you generously and patiently shared daily. The next team you work with will be a lucky one. Take care.


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After this day, I think the most likely answer to this question is: because they can! The fine words and apologies we heard early on last year when the whole mess started, those were all just appeasement. They meant nothing. Empty slogans, uttered to calm down uproar, never intended to be lived up to. The company can do that because the community has no ...


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Teresa, thank you for the re-introduction, and for your confidence in me. And I would also like to thank the many people who were involved in the interview and selection process for this role. As Teresa said, I’ve been working with online communities for nearly 25 years, and the one thing that I know to be true is that - while I’ve had a lot of experience ...


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It isn't. There was no statement from a higher up to this thread, not even saying "That's our internal thing and we won't discuss it publicly, we'll do this and that to improve community", or no statement at all (company shouldn't discuss employee terminations after all, but it'd be nice to show some community building plans, if any exist). The ones at the ...


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I wish I could say I didn't see this coming. But I did. Not exactly this, but the continuation of a series of mistakes. How did we get here? Mistakes happen, nothing new. But when they do, they have to be fixed; otherwise new mistakes tend to accumulate over the old ones. This is what is also happening here. Mistakes were made, but they were never properly ...


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While it is rather common these days to wave goodbye to old time builders of this very site we are in, I cannot get used to it. It seems to me that instead of giving a good tribute to the creators of all of this, we are making them run away, when not firing them. So hard and sad. Since last year, many of the members of the core of Stack Overflow are gone: ...


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One thing that you would advise me (in my role as VP of Community here) never to touch. I'd like you to safeguard one of the ideas these communities are built upon: that these sites are meant to be libraries/repositories of knowledge and expertise, in Q&A form. You know, that bit that's at the top of the tour page, being drowned out by the big bold 'Ask ...


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Shog9, It's hard to imagine what this community would have been like without your guidance over the years. There's probably not a single other person who has had the same influence that you've had. Thank you for spending the last decade writing literally thousands of answers to our questions on this site specifically, and across the entire network. Thank ...


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We may not always have seen eye to eye, but to me that's part and parcel of life. To me, you are a huge part of what makes/made Stack Overflow (and its friends) what it is. You will absolutely be missed. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!


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As I've continued to say: It's time to leave the Stack Exchange network. This post only further fuels what I and many others are feeling about the direction Stack Exchange has been going recently. This isn't the Stack Exchange network I signed up for, and it's not the Stack Exchange network I intend to stay in. It's time to send a message: Going down this ...


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Today is Tisha b'Av, the date the ancient Jewish temple was destroyed. (I promise this is relevant.) According to our tradition, the second temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, sinat chinam. Among all the problems of the time, one incident stood out as the precipitating event: A wealthy man held a party and sent his servant to invite his ...


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I always thought you were too ingrained in the woodwork to leave, Tim. The hole you leave behind is too large to be easily filled. I mean, you gave us hammers, measured responses to legal questions (that also affected you personally), and cheese boards. What more could we ask for in a Community Evangelist? It seemed of late that you were stretched thin, ...


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I just want to say thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! Do expect me to show up around some meta sites, sites proper and some chats as I get acquainted with everything - but please give some time before we take off the training wheels. :) In the coming days, and probably weeks, I'll be immersing myself on all things exchange - that said, feel free to ...


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No idea. But now it would be a good time for remaining CMs, particularly those higher up in the food chain (like Jon Ericson or Tim Post) to post a few words beyond the sad excuse for corporate boilerplate Juan M. was "able to share". Even if, as has become standard these days around here, we can't ever read the whole story because of "reasons", at least a ...


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I know I have been saying this out loud to everyone that I already met, but I just can't say enough how happy I am to be here! This is all very new to me, as I was a Database Administrator before falling from the sky here like an angel. As someone that have been working in the tech field for so long, Stack Overflow has been my buddy! I can't tell you how ...


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One thing that you should never touch? That's a difficult question, and I don't have an answer for that at the moment, but here's a stab at the other question. One thing that you think I should change as quickly as possible. This is going to be not so easy, but... if you have any influence, the company culture in its interactions with the community. ...


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