As of June 5th 2023 a general moderation strike is in place across the entire Stack Exchange Network. There are two key documents that should be read to understand the background and reasoning for this strike:
- Moderation strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers This letter, published on Meta SE gives great details on the background of the strike as well as the demands of those who are striking.
- An open letter to Stack Overflow, Inc. An open letter addressed to Stack Overflow, Inc. that has been signed by the many who support the strike effort. (You may also sign this to demonstrate your support...)
But how will this affect the day to day running of Ask Ubuntu?
Firstly there is a guarantee that there will always be elected Moderator coverage for any emergency situation. This sort of emergency would include a threat or risk in such situations as people being perceived as suicide risk, or the publishing of CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material).
The open letter covers specific areas that will however not be addressed during the strike by those participating:
- Raising and handling flags.
- Running SmokeDetector, the anti-spam bot.
- Closing or voting to close posts.
- Deleting or voting to delete posts.
- Reviewing tasks in the various review queues.
- Running various other bots designed to assist in moderation, such as detecting plagiarism, low-quality answers, and rude comments.
Difficult times ahead and there at the least be some turbulence in our normally tightly run part of Ask Ubuntu. I believe this short term difficulty is a sound investment in the future of Ask Ubuntu and I ask for your patience and of course your support in these difficult time...