It is difficult for me to write this. I regret suspending my activity in this way. However, I cannot continue at present with the ongoing situation and Stack Exchange's actions (or lack thereof).
I had hoped that the situation would be resolved. There has been plenty of time, and it doesn't seem that hard. The (second) apology appeared sincere and implied that this would quickly be sorted out. But as time continues to pass, I'm left with the impression the apology was really a stalling tactic in the hopes that this would blow over.
The status quo is untenable. The firing and subsequent treatment of Monica have been atrocious. No supporting information is publicly available. The issues revolve around a question asked on the moderators' teams site, and in a variety of conversations in a moderators-only chat room. I have read those and I cannot find anything that constitutes a clear violation of the then-existing code of contact. This seems to be a nearly consensus position among the moderators who have access to this information and who have examined it. There were also some emails that only Monica and SE employees have seen, but given the reliabilities of the two parties, it is hard to imagine there could be anything there that justifies how she has been treated.
The new CoC was to be discussed with the moderators before publishing. I couldn't find anything, nor had I heard anything, so I went looking. I found an old chat message with a link to a Google document with the text. I doubt more than a small percentage of the moderators contributed. I, and other moderators, argued that the language should be softened in specific ways to avoid the appearance of coerced speech. Those changes were made. When the new CoC was published, a FAQ was published alongside that doubled down on the coerced speech, nullifying our contribution. The moderators had not been aware of the FAQ before it went live on meta.SE.
I want to make three things clear:
- I intend this status to be temporary. Although I haven't committed myself to a particular date, I won't remain as a (self) 'suspended' moderator indefinitely. At some point in the near future, I will either return to full moderator activities, or resign. Note that (yet another) promise has been made that things will move forward very soon.
- I continue to care about this community. It isn't easy for me to do this, but I simply cannot continue as though nothing is happening and thereby lend my tacit support. Even if I resign, I am not currently intending to boycott the site or delete my account.
- There are trans users on CV, and I stand with them. They should not be targeted, and they should not be made to feel unwelcome. Part of the tragedy of this is that SE is now a worse place for trans users than before (cf., 1 and 2). And yet, SE refuses to take action.
It is time for me to temporarily stand down.