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Stack Exchange has a policy for how users are dealt with when they break the Code of Conduct. It's a policy that involves communication followed by a "cooling off" suspension (the words "cooling off" are actually used in the suspension templates). If the behaviour doesn't change after the first suspension happens, another (longer) suspension is often ...


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I wasn't planning on writing an answer, but the so-called official response (copy one, copy two, all answers in the order I saw them, not the order in which they were posted - feels nice to be addressed personally, doesn't it?) was the triggering event for this answer. Magisch sums up this mess perfectly: That is incredibly weak. It would have been ...


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I've been asked a few times why I stood down as a moderator on Meta Stack Exchange. The simple, honest answer is simply that... I'm tired. The past few days has been an emotional roller coaster. As a moderator, I've always felt an essential part of my role was to bring a community together. To help build bridges, and to heal rifts. To let folks know before ...


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I wish I could share some of what's been happening in the moderator chat, but suffice it to say that Stack Exchange has gone beyond the pale in the "1984" abuse of language and thought/speech crime department. Even so, it's not clear that Monica violated the new guidelines (yet) -- but I didn't do a comprehensive search. The only good thing about this is ...


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I don't see how we even have a "problem" at all. I think that is the fundamental divide that SE does not seem to understand and why their whole "welcoming" move is met by so much resistance and frustration. On one hand, we have the technical sites. Those are there to answer User1248346's programming problem. Background is not required nor requested. ...


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Is Stack Exchange Inc still interested in cooperating with the community? What is the vision for this relationship? Obviously, no. Kicking Monica out is the last straw for me. I'm done giving SE any kind of help and won't report any bugs, request any feature requests, or do any moderation actions like review or cast close votes from now on. I won't give a ...


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tl;dr - I mod 6 sites: Security, Music, Parenting, Outdoors, Sound and Video - I'm suspending all my mod activity on them until SE sort this out. I am just one voice among many, but I hope I add to the clamour. I have been hovering in TL hoping someone from Stack Exchange would come in with any information on what they are going to do to improve things. Yes,...


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Is Stack Exchange Inc still interested in cooperating with the community? It seems that they lost any interest long ago. They are following a pattern. 1) October 2018: Twitter Driven Development Part 1 Someone complained on Twitter about titles of HNQs, especially questions on IPS. The issues with HNQ had been discussed on that site's meta before, but no ...


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tl;dr I am a moderator on Unix & Linux, Ask Ubuntu and Bioinformatics. I am stopping all moderating activity until further notice. I too will be suspending modly activities for a while. I am 100% in favor of just about any measure I can imagine that would make any marginalized group feel more welcome. This is a position dear to my heart in real life and ...


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tl;dr I am a moderator on Parenting.SE. I am stopping all moderating activity until further notice. From a tiny minnow in a pretty large pond: I spent the better part of a day reading many days worth of transcripts from the TL in which the issue originated. While I take no issue with the only proposed change in the future CoC that I know of, I do believe ...


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I am suspending my activity as a moderator. Combined with the fact that some of my fellow moderators on my site have also suspended their activity (Rand al'Thor and Kevin), this means Science Fiction & Fantasy is currently without its three most active moderators. SE has acted deplorably in summarily removing a respected moderator in order to make an ...


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I have been thinking of posting my thoughts and feelings for a long time, but I have never done so because I didn't want to hurt people. But since there are a lot of active users are opening up and posting their story, I feel I have put in mine. Is Stack Exchange Inc still interested in cooperating with the community? What is the vision for this ...


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Official Responses Sara Chipps ♦ - An Update to our Community and an Apology David Fullerton ♦ - An apology to our community, and next steps Sara Chipps ♦ - Iterating on Inclusion (blog) Cesar M ♦ - Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes News coverage of the situation: The Register: "The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in '...


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We re-examined this issue recently in light of Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide. We concluded that, for a site like ours, a formal policy or process around memorializing the accounts of the deceased might do more harm than good. Here's why: On a site like ours, it's not as necessary as it is on more social networks. For many, sites like Facebook serve as ...


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I guess you can add my name to the "suspended activity" list. There's been a hell of a lot of conversation in TL in the last few days, more over an extended period than I've ever seen before in 3 years there. But still there's no clear statement from staff on exactly what the new updates to the CoC will require. I know that I'm willing to do at least one ...


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I'm a moderator on Security.SE, and have been for almost 9 years - since its very first days of closed beta. TL;DR I am suspending my mod activity on Security.SE immediately, will turn this into resigning depending on how/if/when SE fixes their s**t. I'm joining this thread rather late - between Sabbath and Rosh Hashana (Jewish High Holidays), I've been ...


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It's an "us vs. them" bunker mentality We've seen it developing and festering for at least two years now, and it has now reached a really critical point. It started as natural growing pains as the company grew. In the early days, senior community members and staff members were so close, it was difficult to remember which diamond was which. Then, after a ...


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I want to know if the main moderation team at StackExchange (someone other than the current involved moderators at Phys.SE) can intervene and solve the issues. We really need help. Be careful what you ask for... The last time we had to step in and help moderate Physics.SE (as in, daily flag-handling, support, etc.) we ended up having to suspend one of the ...


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We can support the Lavender community of Stack Exchange and protest SE's treatment of Monica. As a queer cis woman and SE moderator, I support the policy (which SE has stated they will add to the CoC) of using the pronouns that an individual requests. I also feel that SE has handled this situation extremely badly. They can fix it but they need to take ...


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Update: I resigned, see under the horizontal line I'm a moderator on stats SE. I'm suspending my moderation activity while I consider my position. I don't need to go over the events; they're well discussed, but I should at least be clear if brief (I'd say a bit more but other things are about to intervene and I won't be able to be online for a while). ...


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This spurred a lot of related topics everywhere else in the network. To not lose sight of posts about the controversy and make things more searchable, I'm adding links to other related questions here. This post is community wiki, feel free to edit. In site alphabetical order (with MSE at the top) and then in chronological order. ✭ one star per 200 ...


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I am also recording as inactive as a moderator on Spanish.SE. Count me in the "suspended activity" list. I do feel things are not being handled right and agree with what Gilles explained in his resignation notice: I have witnessed a disagreement between moderators where both sides made some good points. Both sides deserved and requested respect. One side ...


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Update 10/10: I am resigning today: I disagree with forcing people to use pronouns as requested in the CoC/FAQ. One thing is asking people to be nice, another having to force them to talk in a specific way. There is never only one side to things. I've seen no goodwill in cooperating with Monica, in fact, I've seen her treated once more with contempt. ...


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Unlike the past, SO has changed a lot. It feels like they're focusing on how to earn more $$$ than anything else. This isn't the site where I signed up six years ago. I never seen this as a site. I saw this as a community of professional as well as newbies, learnt a lot, and got a chance to interact with many people around the world. Two years ago, I spent ...


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Community contradicts profitability. There is a lot of sense in this question from two years ago: How much is a Stack Exchange reputation point worth, roughly, to the company? By far the largest proportion of the brand's value is in the work done by the licence givers. The deal is basically that the licence givers work for the company in return for being ...


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As of today, I'll record myself as inactive along with my fellow Spanish.se moderator fedorqui. When I learned about this issue I tried to gather as much info as I could, which was challenging because many posts across the whole site were just repeating or referencing what had been said in other stacks. I decided to write to the Community Managers (not ...


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Recent events make me (I believe) uniquely suited to address your question. I haven't talked about it much publicly, but I didn't resign as a moderator due to personal pain, nor do I think the events that led to my resignation preclude me from participating in the network. The simple fact is that the new CoC, and the heavy-handed way the network has chosen ...


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I am a moderator at Computational Science SE. I was patiently waiting for any official response or action for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I am very thankful to many community managers who were nothing but supportive in those very dark and sad times. However, I still do not see any intent from SE to react to those events in any constructive manner....


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I have experienced problems at SE around the use of gendered pronouns. Background: I am a female SE participant who works very hard to remain gender neutral on SE. When I was getting started at a particular male-dominated SE site, I found it quite beneficial in building up reputation and respect to fly under the gender radar there. I was careful to avoid ...


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I will bring a point not talked in other answers. Is Stack Exchange Inc still interested in cooperating with the community? What is the vision for this relationship? No, Stack Exchange has two points to solve at the minimum. A. The handling of a situation not wanted by the site CMs is awful and chaotic. Stack Exchange needs to re-do its thinking when ...


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