Eight years. All the way from September 2011 to today, I never once imagined that I would be writing this resignation notice. I can hardly believe that I am writing this now.
Through the whole absolute train wreck of a fiasco that was SE forcibly stripping Monica Cellio of her diamonds and then effectively slandering her publicly, among quite a number of other injustices, I firmly believed that once the whole situation had been resolved one way or another, then SE would learn their mistake and make an effort not to repeat it again. I was pissed, to be sure, but I still had a modicum of hope.
This morning... sigh ... Shog9 and Robert Cartaino were fired. Much like Monica too, in fact - suddenly and with no warning whatsoever. Shog and Robert were two of the the most respected and admired Community Managers, and both have worked for SE for 9+ years. In particular, I've respected and admired Shog from day 1 and I have always found his advice to be immensely valuable. I hold him in high esteem as both a manager and a person.
That Shog could be fired was literally unthinkable for me. The possibility never once crossed my mind, even for a fraction of a second. For SE to do this and simultaneously claim that they're doing this to ensure the community has "a seat at the table" (yes, really!) indicates to me that the higher ups at SE are 100% out of touch with the community. There is zero sense in pursuing better community engagement by firing the two people most responsible for the fact that said community is highly engaged. Shog and Robert were indispensable when it came to starting communities such as this very one and keeping them together despite myriads of issues that threatened to rip them apart.
I bow to you, Shog9 and Robert Cartaino - thank you so much for your service.
I bow to you, good people of Christianity.SE - it was a great honor to serve.
I have found StackExchange the company to be unwelcoming, unrepentant, and deaf, so I will shake the dust off my feet.
P.S.: I can be reached at my Gmail -
lee314b or on Discord as
El'endiaStarman#8918. I will probably also continue to hang out in a few SE chat rooms, so you might find me if you look hard enough.