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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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I think the obvious answer is "Yes". SE, as a company, is very clearly in the process of re-thinking their core competencies, in ways that make them attractive to investors. That was, after all, what the whole battle for inclusivity was about, and to some degree, why they took such radical action against Monica. There is a determined effort to Prove the ...


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No The CEO (who has not spoken to us ever) recently stated in the press that this is "a new era for Stack Overflow" while hiring a Chief Product Officer to replace two Community Managers. I really think that's the only answer you'll get. Furthermore, Meta is an echo chamber: these questions will not be read by the executive. So there's little point in ...


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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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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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Funny thing is, I still have an old, tattered shirt I got almost a decade ago that I often joke is the reason I'm here. Its the first bit of swag I got from SE, and it has had a fair bit of sentimental value for me over time The value of swag isn't monetary - it is in terms of recognition and goodwill. I got my shirt for being on the front page of users. I ...


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Q: Can we go back to this please? Time travel sadly doesn't exist. We can't really 'go back'. Things have happened, and as long as that's in the collective memory of a lot of people, they won't be forgotten. We can only work from here, but we can make a measure of working side by side with SE a goal to achieve, if that's what we want to do. I'm ...


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I'm not capable of answering the question you want to hear answered, but I am capable of not stoking any more conspiracy theories. I will state, though, I don't believe that it'd be a wise move to shutter the smaller sites. I haven't been to Area 51 since Anime and Manga SE was pioneered, but it's often the case that people come to this site looking to ...


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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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I'm not very good at reading Twitter, so this may not be complete. Shog9: I have to say something. I don't want to, but I fear my silence is harmful here. Some of you are angry, hurt, afraid. I feel that way too. It is natural. But please, be careful how and when you express those feelings. My former colleagues have an amazing skill: they ...


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Old Stack Exchange: The value is created by users solving programming problems. Our software should support them in doing so, collecting all their valuable programming solutions on our site. New Stack Exchange: The value is created by the Q&A software. When users are using the software programming solutions fall out. Getting a higher absolute number of ...


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Don't take this personally. This isn't about you, or any other asker. This is a long-running issue with thorny and overt implications on how we can cleanly interact with the company. I consider myself to be quite optimistic on a lot of these things, but even on its face there there are a lot of decisions made without what I'd consider to be adequate time ...


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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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I received some swag once from one of the network sites I'm on so I'm biased in really liking the idea of swag. I also know that shipping is expensive and people tend not to use the actual swag that much. However, there is a fairly cheap solution out there: postcards! Think along the lines of the QSL cards that shortwave radio operators value and will get ...


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In light of this, can we trust the impartiality of answers on the Stack Exchange network anymore? Is it a cause for concern that many of those who used to work on keeping quality high are now gone? Well, the one actually answering the vast majority of the questions is the Community, and not (necessarily) the SE staff. The fact that Stack Exchange, Inc. is ...


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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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For those looking for a "too long, didn't read" explanation, here is the most succinct description of the events surrounding Monica I have read: Transgender and non-binary-gender individuals can be helped to feel more welcomed without driving out other individuals who believe gender identity is not a fundamental existential property. This is (part of) the ...


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On StackExchange.com which lists Hot Network Questions: the gravatars appear to be wrong (might be related to the Great Firewall of China or maybe there's dubious Internet where I am) the list changes depending on which page you are on a user can appear multiple times there's no reason to re-list the users Since Hot Network Questions are now tracked, I ...


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As a moderator, and engaged user, I worry that you may be viewing Stack Exchange sites as: forums rather than focused Q&A sites; and/or social networks My understanding is that the company and communities that designed and developed these sites have always wanted them to be very distinct from both of those things. That is a large part of why I think ...


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You question could also be on-topic in The Workplace. Be sure to read the tour and how to ask so your question is well-received and you may get help. There on TWP you can ask almost anything that is workplace-related, and that includes internships (we even have a tag for that). Just, make sure you ask something answerable. If you pretend to ask "Where can ...


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Your question may be on topic on Academia If you have a question about a decision you need to make, please focus on how to make the decision, the pros and cons of a certain choice, or what relevant aspects you should consider. We cannot possibly know or judge all the details of your situation, in particular your personal preferences and the quality of ...


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Oh, I was thinking about decentralized platform many times and here what I think. Decentralized platform is extremely difficult to create speaking about technology. Decentralized database, blockchain, online consensus, problems with domain name, open protocol, hackers who will have a lot of fun here... I don't say it's impossible (see Diaspora for example), ...


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