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Nothing. Not one thing. We collected ideas up and down. Dozens of users (some of them being important contributors) went "on strike". Others changed nick names to create awareness. To a certain degree, protest was raised via other channels. Most importantly, plenty of elected moderators resigned or suspended their activities. And the results? Nothing. Not ...


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In the end, we keep mixing observations and interpretations. But the latest statements by Jon and shog9 stand out here: Typically, people are really careful about criticizing former employers, to not cause the impression to future employers that they lack loyalty. Yet, very clear statements from both. From that point of view, it is pretty safe to assume: ...


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It's strange how well the couples allegory works for me here: I've invested too much, even emotionally, here. I'm not ready to see it losing interest in me and telling me I don't matter anymore. But the thing is that it doesn't tell me directly, it spins around and hurts me, mining all of the relationship bit by bit. So in the end the best thing to do is ...


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The Q&A format we use for meta support plays a lot of roles it wasn't really designed to handle seamlessly, but we've mixed and reused these tools to get a lot of functionality out of this site. In this case, the post wasn't so much a "question", but an announcement informing folks of the agreement reached. The Q&A format allowed folks to react and ...


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Change in course is now pretty much clear and in the open. There is no doubt about it, it is planned some time ago and we are just now putting together pieces of a puzzle. ... so why bother? At this point, it is pretty much take it or leave it situation. In any other place I would now be pretty much ready to pick up my things and go. But that is exactly ...


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TL;DR: don't bother. From the very beginning of the crisis (with Monica, not talking about earlier events), I decided that I wasn't going to spend time trying to figure out ways to "help SE". I could tell anyone in advance that SE isn't going to listen to any such advice; it was clear to me. SE is not misguided. At this point it's clear to me the actions ...


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What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to contribute to a community? You can do that now, and the actions that have taken place over the last few months can be...largely ignored. Heck, most of Stack Overflow's contributors don't really know what happened here, and aren't that in-context to what's going on now. Do you want to provide valuable ...


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We can do this. We can use a community wiki post to design the survey questions, but let's not use Q&A to conduct the survey. It's the wrong tool. There are plenty of free alternatives online for conducting surveys, such as SurveyMonkey (we may have to search around if their free plan doesn't meet our needs, perhaps we can find a volunteer to host a ...


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I will leave the judgement to the public and especially MathSE users. I think this literally spells out why the post was meant to be deleted. "To the public" - meta is not a place for trial by public opinion. "especially MathSE users" is why that question's topic is only applicable to one specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. I was quite frankly ...


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Let's use a "school with after-class activities" analogy. We've been going to this school for almost a decade. It's been rough at first, but then we all became good friends and learned a lot from each other and shared good memories together. Then the school board decided they want to focus on profits more than offering the best education and activity space ...


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Stack Exchange interacts with the community via The Loop, a system whereby hand-picked individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds who are excited about the growth of Stack Overflow are given the opportunity to provide feedback about some parts of the Stack Overflow functionality. The other Stack Exchange websites are not currently represented. You can ...


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What you linked to: "Thank you, Robert Cartaino" is a thank you to a departing employee. Technically (strictly) speaking thank you comments are against site policy; but many enjoy receiving them all the same. The correct procedure is an upvote, accept, or manually award a bounty to a specific answer. That post is quite different. Some have received an ...


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You and I can't do anything. At one point I thought that pressuring through social networks may have an effect, but now it's absolutely clear it won't. On the other hand, moderators and employees can do something. Stack Overflow Inc pretended to not notice 50 moderators resigning. It just wrote them off as if they never existed — decreased the stats and ...


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Rant: what kind of "rant" does one see here?! That is the essential point: this seems to be a very complicated story, and the author of the question only gave their interpretation of it. Whilst using strong language to denote the other side (for a serious contributor, the term troll is a real insult). This becomes painstakingly obvious when reading the ...


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What did I do so wrong that a moderator need to delete this post on meta? This is Meta; even if the question is closed, people are likely to discuss at length in comments. Just closing and comment-locking it might not suffice. Furthermore, suspension details usually aren't discussed in public and this should not be an exception. I'll give you credit that ...


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It happens because we get a lot of blatantly off-topic questions on this site from new users. I've chronicled several reasons as to why this might happen in that post, but the most common reason is that one follows a link to this site (e.g. from a help page), and doesn't realize that they've been directed to a different site before asking their question. We ...


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One reason might be that there's a very good chance there will be no Winter Bash 2020. A staff member has stated: Chances are good we won't be doing hats next year, but finding something brand new to do. We wanted to do that this year, but wouldn't have been able to pull it off. Hats have just gotten too overdone and repetitive. – animuson♦ Dec 11 '19 at ...


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According to Stack Overflow CEO, Prashanth Chandrasekar: We want to serve all of the millions of people who use Stack Overflow, not just those who know the most about how the site has worked in the past. To be clear, this does not mean channels like Meta will go away, but they need to grow to ensure that users are heard and responded to in a timely ...


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Sadly, I no longer believe that there is any thing that us small time users can do; even the high rep users and mods don't seem to have much impact.


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The best way to thank someone for a good answer is to upvote it. The same for questions. Accepting a great answer to your question is also a good way to express gratitude. You can also assign bonuses if you've got enough rep. The reason we don't expect thanks in comment / questions is that they're a distraction from the main purpose of this site, which is ...


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Meta is not a...usual site. It's a little difficult to those uninitiated in its mysteries (but those are no secret), but fundamentally, it's a site for questions about the Stack Exchange network of sites. It's also, in a sense, a place for announcements, and other information that the community as a whole would be interested in. Considering the...less than ...


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In terms of mechanics (there was some discussion of Survey Monkey) -- the easiest approach in my experience is a Google Docs Form. I like your idea very much. If support grows for this idea, you could next post a question where you collect suggestions for specific questions. Related: Academia Community Polls Where do we go from here? Take the survey! ...


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It's only fair to see this in the proper context, although I will, unfortunately, have to extrapolate from anecdotes and subjective interpretations. The consistent "theme" with the recent unending string of dramas on SE is that they create an impression that at least SE doesn't care about the community, if not worse (repeated soulless and/or inaccurate ...


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Maybe. I'm not sure what's the normal number, but there are currently over 200 users with a reputation of 1 on MSE and some relatively active posts, of which over 20 users have a few posts with score higher than 5 and sometimes a very big absolute score. See the query 1-reputation users with a meta posts with more than 5 votes , where you'll quickly notice ...


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I'm of the inclination that we should take your first proposed option, and rename this tag. This question about The Loop survey is of rather high traffic despite being incorrectly tagged as survey. While the question mentions the 2017 Developer Survey, its focus is not upon it. In addition, the tag name itself is broad. (I mean, it's called "survey"...) It'...


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I think this is a great proposal, but I would refrain from creating a review-filter tag, as it's use is too minimal. For your Others category I'd opt to delete the closed question on the Joel Score, as it is an unanswered duplicate to a question with an authoritative answer. I think that would be more appropriate then bumping it with an edit. The other I ...


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[Under development] Meta Q&A Sites The meta sites are (or used to be) the main channel for communication back and forth between the company and community (citation needed), but the activity has declined and the atmosphere is being debated (citation needed). Plans have been made and are on the way to phase out meta in place for a more dedicated bug ...


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I think we should follow your second approach. There are not too many questions around these topics that warrant a tag for all of them, that's just creating tags for the sake of creating tags. Besides, the questions regarding the stack-overflow-developer-survey are almost all asked in '13 or earlier. We could even reason to migrate those to MSO, as most ...


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Since I totally was the one who locked it, and left a comment as a signpost - in this case, saying that I intended to use the functionality of the historical lock, that it was fine to ask new questions, but that the current post would be left as is. I also encouraged folks to ask new questions if it was a new issue. I'd recommend removing the historical ...


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Thanks to various users, the filter tag is now burninated. All that remains of my original request is the proposal for stackexchange-filter (13 questions, no excerpt/wiki) to be a synonym for tag-filters (154 questions); you can vote for it here.


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