The phrase “dumpster fire” gets bandied about a lot, but such is the current state of the venerable StackExchange network. In the past two months, the leadership team has clashed with the longstanding community:
- Raising questions about policies on obnoxious advertising.
- Unilaterally (and possibly illegally) changing the licensing agreement for all user-submitted content.
- Aggressively pushing its paid “Teams” product.
- Making a new email newsletter opt-out rather than opt-in.
Now, new CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar fiddles as Meta StackExchange burns down over the latest controversy: the abrupt and unexplained termination of a community moderator. This action has led to the resignation of close to 80 other moderators, and caused some to question whether the corporate leadership is listening to the SE community.
What’s the latest casus belli?
I’ve never heard of such a brutal and shocking injustice that I cared so little about!Zapp Brannigan, Futurama