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You've proven the company is heading for changes. True. But why is that a bad thing? Microsoft was hell when Ballmer was the CEO. It only got better after his departure and changes in recent years. Stackoverflow is one of the most visited site on the planet, but only generated about $70m in 2018. Absolutely ridiculous by any measure. They have to head for ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I once earned some swag, and received a box: tee-shirt, stickers, book, bottle and a couple of more small items. That feels great! :) Really, you "won" something for being part of a community and giving a hand. Then, I realized the parcel was shipped from NY (never crossed my mind). I checked the carrier website to realize it costed around $40. Shipping was ...


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This an excellent idea. For me, the great moment was to make 100K on stack overflow. I didn't even know that they did sent you some cheap item around half the globe in earlier days, so I really didn't care (much). But I am pretty sure: if I had received a mail asking "here are 50 or 100 sites we are going to donate x $ for you, tell us which one", that ...


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Replace the swag instead of just dropping it No. It is swag or nothing. Swag is memorabilia. And as such it has value for person receiving it beyond its actual monetary value. It is token of gratitude for free work and some additional satisfaction for personal achievements. It is something you can show, a trophy of a sort. Donating money to the charity, ...


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...if a thread has prohibited content, the thread should be edited (by removing all content and replacing with something like "moderator edit" on the title, content and tags) instead of deleting it. Currently when content is flagged 6 times, it's automatically deleted. In this way, the offensive content is removed faster than if it had to wait for a ...


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Content is seldom deleted from a Stack Exchange site. It's often just hidden from view if it is deleted in the conventional way. The only time content is actually removed is if it's harmful or actively detrimental and shouldn't be shown to others after it's been dealt with. Once you get 10K+ rep on a specific network site, you can see the deleted posts ...


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Yes! There is! It’s the Web Applications Stack Exchange site. As explained in the help center for that site: What topics can I ask about here? Web Applications Stack Exchange is for expert and advanced users of web applications. If your question generally covers … Using Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google, or any other website which behaves ...


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