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I'm resigning as a moderator from all Stack Exchange sites, effective today.

I didn't make this decision lightly, frivolously or suddenly. A persistent pattern of corporate missteps, and a monumentally deplorable moderator dismissal, has compelled me to re-evaluate my relationship with Stack Exchange.

The decision to resign wasn't a difficult one, from that perspective. What is difficult is that I made a commitment to this community that I must now abandon. I'm deeply sorry about that. I've been with this site from the beginning, and like to think I played some small but important part in shaping the site into what it is today.

And what a fine site it has become.

Special thanks to Shog9, Tim Post and all of the CM's, who have been nothing but supportive, helpful and educational, even when I was probably a bit more volatile than I should have been. My problems with the network have nothing to do with them.

It has been a privilege serving you.

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    Thank you for your support and for all you have done for the communities here. – Monica Cellio Sep 29 at 17:09
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    Sorry to see you go. You were one of my mentors and I’ve always appreciated your help and guidance. – George Stocker Sep 29 at 17:09
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    Holy. Shit. They've gone crazy, haven't they? – Ripped Off Sep 29 at 20:54
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    Hey @Will ಠ_ಠ! It's been awhile. – Robert Harvey Sep 29 at 20:59
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    Yeah, well, they've been going crazy for awhile. Also, I get the feeling my comments have a very short shelf life nowadays. – Ripped Off Sep 29 at 21:01
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    You are one of the moderators I have usually respected the opinion of (regardless of agreeing or not), despite never having interacted with you directly in your mod role. It takes courage and conviction to take such a step, and is laudable. – DVK Sep 30 at 1:58
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    Thanks, @DVK. It's nice to know that I appear to have made an impact during the short time I was here. – Robert Harvey Sep 30 at 2:18
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    "And what a fine site it has become." Absolutely true. And of course you played an important part in it. Everyone who contributed did. That's the power of collaborative efforts and maybe that should be the true heritage of the StackExchanges (whatever happens in the next 10-20 years). – Trilarion Sep 30 at 9:06
  • I just requested that my profile for this site ( and 66 others ) be deleted permanently. – user7519 Sep 30 at 18:13
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    @RobertHarvey learning about all this through your post. Knowing Joel personally this comes at a bit of a surprise, but I'm glad to see the community refusing to tolerate such nonsense. Quite sad to see things decay so quickly and for the community to lose one of its finest from the ranks. You've singlehandedly helped me out of many, many holes over the years with your answers and no doubt have had other impacts in many other ways. A non-trivial amount of my success is due to your unending knowledge. I wish you all the best, and offer my sincerest thanks. – Qix Oct 2 at 11:40
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    I upvoted you leaving. Not to express sympathy. Wish you the best in wherever you go, and I fully support your decision. – Evan Carroll Oct 2 at 19:24
  • Have you thought about moving #softwareengineering to an alternative host? We could move our answers across to some other platform and put links to it in the answers here – Ewan Oct 3 at 9:21
  • You deleted an answer of mine about a year after it was posted because it was meant as a comment on another answer (I didn't have enough mojo for commenting yet); at first I was ticked off, then saw the point and commented a year later. ;) I am fully on your and the other mods side on this issue; recent developments not only on this site are very concerning to me. Seems the middlepersons of ark B are trying to take over. – ENOTTY Oct 3 at 11:34
  • I'm sad about the state of the company, and I am sad that Joel Spolsky is its CEO, because I think he is the wrong person for the job. I've reached a point where I'll no longer be proud if I get reputation, or if I answer a question, because that would mean that the company makes money from me. And I don't want that. I hope there will be an alternative to the Stackexchange Network, hopefully before its current CEO retires. Joel, if you are reading this: I take this personally, I think you are the one who is responsible for this mess, and I am mad at you. – Michael Oct 3 at 15:49
  • @Qix: how can this be a surprise if you know him personally? He is doing these kind of things for years now. Just read about the 2018 twitter debacle and how it proves that SE management listens more to Twitter than to its own community. – Michael Oct 3 at 15:57
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Robert - well stated, and thank you for your service. I'm joining you in resigning from my post as moderator.

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    It seems GlenH7 has not just resigned from his moderator post, but left the site completely :-((( – Doc Brown Oct 10 at 14:04
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    I can understand. I've been contemplating leaving completely too. I've never really felt welcome in the community (in general, not this specific site) and I really don't like the turn things have taken lately. – Brian Knoblauch Oct 11 at 20:08
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    I am also considering deleting my account. – Rick supports Monica Oct 23 at 3:57
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I've been struggling to find the right words to express how I feel about this. For years now this site has been a second home to me. A place to learn and show off. A place to conect. A place to dwell. A place that you watched over.

I learned so much here because you made sure this place was about it's subject. You helped rename it. You helped redefine what it was about. You kept it tidy. You made it nice.

You taught me what it was about. Well over half of my meta questions here have feedback from you. If I've done well at all here, I owe a large part of it to you.

Regardless of the reason you now choose to lay down your big hammer, I want you to know one thing. Your often thankless work here, on what we now call Software Engineering, has been deeply appreciated.

Thank you.

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    I've waited to post a response, because I thought there might be some outside chance that there would be some redemption, that SE might see how damaging all of this is and reverse some of their actions, especially Monica's dismissal. And there might be a chance that I could return as a moderator. Instead, they've doubled-down at every opportunity, and I see that there is no chance. You'll still see me around, though at a much reduced level of participation. Good luck to you. – Robert Harvey Oct 11 at 23:25
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    @RobertHarvey it's truly sad. To the point I'm thinking about what it would take to make this place community owned. I know I'd pitch in. – candied_orange Oct 11 at 23:38
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I waxed if I should reply to this or start an entire thread by itself, but I wanted to toss this in.

I never 'knew' Robert, but he was professionally critically of a question I asked once, and at first I was embarrassed enough that I deleted the question. I realized however, the great service done upon me. I was seeking design help on building a framework for Unity, and Robert asked how to quantify what I was asking, just not an opinion but what I was actually trying to achieve.

Months later it dawned upon me that I really didn't know what I trying to build, and that redirection encouraged me considerably. I think more importantly, a question that was asked with a subjective answer in mind was not answered and I think that's critical. SO / and SE as a whole is a place to find knowledge, and I think without moderation opinion and duplication will take hold.

I fear of the communities loss Robert, and thank you not for making me feel invited, but making me feel that I needed to think more about what I was asking

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