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Yvette Colomb is no longer a Stack Overflow moderator
 
 
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@410 I woke up and read this as "embeddable hostile audible sound clips", and was like... okay...
The Insticator ads are annoying though :)
 
 
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curious why this one wasn't posted by the Feed...
 
5:14 AM
@MetaAndrewT. I don't think the "SO-specific" blog posts are intended to be posted here
 
5:34 AM
batch of two ^, needs 1 moar /cc @bar @sha @son
 
@rene Deleted
@rene Already voted
 
\o/
@MetaAndrewT. works
 
 
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6:39 AM
hopefully TGIF...
 
yvette resigned on SO, so this day sucks
in fact, it sours this whole month
 
@MetaAndrewT. Depends... do you really need a Friday at this point?
 
I need i... whoAaAaA~
 
7:48 AM
@Magisch sorry to hear... Any context? TL;DR for that?
 
8:00 AM
@ShadowTheDragonWizard I have exactly as much info as you do on that
still sucks
 
Thanks for all the (rather original ;)) name suggestions, @Mith especially, and others... Decided to go with a less drastic change. Will be glad for avatar suggestions though. Cheers! πŸ₯‚
@Magisch I don't browse MSO at all
So she just resigned out of the blue??
 
@ShadowTheDragonWizard Something like this?
 
@ShadowTheDragonWizard I don't know. I know she had some issues and the constant attacks mods are suffering were getting to her, and there was some kerfuffle involved, but it's best not to go into speculation
 
in The Meta Room on Stack Overflow Chat, 8 hours ago, by Yvette Colomb
For the record I stepped down as moderator. If you have any other questions about the post or anything else aslk Tim Post. I won't be on the site again any time soon. There's nothing I want to talk about at this stage. Good luck to everyone.
 
you know, out of respect. It still sucks and sours this friday and the whole month for me
 
8:04 AM
@Tinkeringbell yes! But better with some relation to πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ, and without watermark... ;)
(current avatar is coffee I made myself)
@Magisch kerf what? Anyway... Yeah it sucks. :(
 
@ShadowTheDragonWizard Oh, there's espresso patronum stuff with Harry potter on it out there too, lemme see ;)
 
 
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1:27 PM
> It's all fun and games until some website loses a moderator.
(from a comment on meta.math from long ago, I can't find it anymore)
Naturally, prolonged participation tends to affect the perspective of some folks. Someone just recently compared quitting SO to suicide, and the denial of account deletion request to a suicide prevention measure.
It's just a wobsite.
 
yet here we are ;p
Its not about just the website though
On one hand, people can be a wee bit dramatic about their online spaces
 
I'm not getting off the lawn.
 
on the other lots of corners of SE have tightly knit, really vibrant communities
and people are passionate about it, and what they want from it
I'm not going to speculate on why a moderator left unless she wants to share it.
but its worth considering that its a lot of time, and energy and peole hurding
 
@410 "Just a website" can have a lot of sentimental meaning, depending on who you ask
 
exactly
 
1:33 PM
Might not be much to you, but it might be the center of someone else's life. But communities tend to do that more often.
 
@Olivia exactly
SU has a bunch of folks who end up hanging out outside SU
and a few other community cores "moved out" of their SE sites and still hang out on slack
so often its "not just a website". Its people
 
Keep in mind that there are anticyberbullying laws in some jurisdictions, that if someone entices someone to commit suicide through the Internet, that person can legally be held responsible for that person's murder
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog not what we're talking about though
at all
 
^
 
@Aibobot And at this point, she (if I got it right) is not willing to talk about it.
 
1:37 PM
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog yup
so - its worth not speculating. If it needs to be talked about she will
 
I meant to ask her about something else, but now it might be too late. A while ago, she got her old MSE posts from a previous account re-associated with her current account after a discussion with the CMs. I was wondering, how exactly did she start the discussion?
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog I'd say the contact us link
I would assume its a 'simple' account merger
 
@Aibobot As far as I'm aware, simply asking for this flatly will just lead to a quick denial given the current policy (and looking through emails, what I was told at the time my previous account was deleted). Maybe there's something else she did to get them to proceed anyway.
@Aibobot No, employees had to re-attribute everything to the new account.
To put it simple, I'd like to know how she got an employee to do the manual work.
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog well, I think we can rule out mailing them cookies
 
(Also, to make it clear, I haven't decided yet whether to fully proceed with it. I just want to know how she started the discussion and got past the "flat denial" phase.)
 
1:42 PM
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog uhm
here's the fun part. I can't remember if my suspecion is public or not
 
@Aibobot What's "suspecion"?
 
or if its something worth pointing out in the current time/situation
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog get used to typos
 
@Aibobot I'm used to typos; there are two possible ways to interpret that so I'm asking which is the correct one
 
its a typo
i sispect something
suspect
*glares at keyboard
ANYWAY
 
I don't normally ask if there's only one possible way to interpret it (90%+ of the time), but in this case there were multiple possible ways
 
1:46 PM
anyway
you won't know unless you start the conversation
and are convincing
and probably easier if there's already conversations over other things going on
 
Bringing bribes cookies are also recommended. :P
 
5 mins ago, by Aibobot
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog well, I think we can rule out mailing them cookies
 
that was kinda the joke ;p
 
I might try stroopwafels if enough of them were Dutch :) (yes, I know it was a joke)
 
also the fact that a significant part of the Community team seem to be enthusiastic/good cooks
 
1:48 PM
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog Put sprinkles on the one for Shog, just to ruin any chance you had further :P
 
I have a feeling that spice mixes might make better bribes ;p
 
@Aibobot Americans don't like spices that much
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog Silly 'Muricans.
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog eh, depends
depends on where and who I guess
From twitter - I suspect Tim Post would be ok ;p
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog uhm
Are we trying to increase the drama quotient here?
 
@Aibobot Um, no, just passing it on.
 
2:20 PM
We've typically had a policy over not speculating over moderators resigning
even if they talk about it offsite
 
@Aibobot I'm pretty sure that posting a bare link to an offsite page where they talk about it isn't speculation.
Nowhere did I ever say, "she resigned because..."
 
Its an invitation to
and kinda gawking
So... not cool man, not cool
 
Alright, I get it.
 
also, while I don't have a quarter hour to watch the video...
if someone needs a break, asking them about site mechanics is not cool either
let the lady have her break, no matter what the reasons
 
@Aibobot it was this or The Best Drama Supplements 2019:tm:.
 
2:33 PM
@Olivia sigh
@Olivia there's a lot of it right now
and a lot of work ahead
 
yep.
 
I'm personally pretty worn out by a bunch of things going on right now
(and with some things - I might agree with SE but not how its handled)
 
Me too. I hope some of it gets sorted out soon, because it's starting to be too much
 
granted
I also dreamt of raising helpdesk cases
@Olivia quite
 
I'd rather have functioning communication
If we have that, stuff can actually improve
 
2:40 PM
@Olivia oh that's kind of where I feel we need to start
But also wondering where stuff went wrong :/
Or if I'm having some kinda rose tinted idea of times before
 
I don't really care where it started going wrong. Stuff has changed since whenever that was
At this point, we need to fix it. Whatever that means
 
@Olivia I think its pretty important in terms of accepting stuff's broken
 
Acceptance is easy. Repairing is not.
 
you can't fix things if you're not willing to accept its broken and the bedroom is filling with water ;p
 
It's pretty hard when the room is almost full and the release valve is at the bottom.
 
2:42 PM
yup
 
@Aibobot Tell that to Maduro
 
and I'm not sure where exactly it is
 
But the door isn't water-tight and it leaks into the rest of the house, so it's a pretty hopeless situation
 
I don't like the term hopeless
 
Me neither, but what else would you call it?
 
2:43 PM
almost as much as I dislike "People who disagree with my worldview are always the enemy"
If its hopeless there's absolutely no point
 
@Aibobot Is there a point?
We're stuck. We have been stuck for a long time. Nothing has changed - if anything, it's gotten worse.
 
@Olivia well if there wasn't we wouldn't bother
@Olivia I can't disagree
but if we can't get it unstuck there's not much todo
One of the reasons I accepted being a meta moderator was well - short of being a CM, its probably the best soapbox for me to cause change
 
@Aibobot I'm pretty close to that. The situation is deadlocked. Unless something significant happens in a positive direction, I'll have to re-visit how I spend my time.
 
@Olivia and this is probably the best and worst that can happen
 
iDunno.
 
2:48 PM
Well if we had a foolproof way of doing things, this would be easy ;)
we're making it up as we go along
 
Aren't we all?
 
yup
 
Just noticed this question - We apparently need these, and they're still ignored (only two hours in though, but some other posts have sticked around for a lot longer in a similar style, also asking for clarification or reply on a different, ignored topic).
 
@Olivia well - its constructively worded
its asking legitimate question and OP has backed things up by asking it as a question
So... its totally what meta is meant to be
 
And it's still not answered.
 
2:55 PM
That... erm
I can't particularly help with
 
The silly thing is I'm convinced its fine according to the TOS
and I'm convinced the whole thing is people just freaking out
but... someone should actually say that
 
Exactly.
it needs a reply. it doesn't have to be what we expect it to be, but as long as it's true, it's good. Also a step in the right direction
 
and erf. I've been convinced - and have been saying that SE started out with excellent ideas on how communities should be managed
they still have good folks, but a lot of the time the messaging and the resources haven't been bad
*been there
and stuff like it isn't a bug ticket
its community ops
and I kinda feel that while we do need to serve more than the 'core' community
we can't take those 1% of noisy people on meta for granted when they're trying their best to help/act in the better interests of their community
 
The system probably worked when SE got started, but it has not scaled well. We have the same exact constraints (with some exceptions, if there's any sites running 3 CV or fewer CV experiments) on sites with 6.4k questions per day as on sites with 4.9 questions per day. Stuff needs to be improved, yes, but we need communication to get there.
 
3:05 PM
Went up to something like 15 at some point experimentally?
@Olivia they also had... 3 cms for one site
 
Dunno.
 
Communicating with your community and dealing with their issues is a core part of running the network
@Olivia well - you can't always throw more process and code at problems
While I disagree with Jeff Atwood on a lot of things...
I think a lot of this is true
 
That's still far from a communication breakdown.
 
@Olivia communication breaks down cause the people who need to communicate are not
 
Yeah.
 
3:13 PM
And sometimes people start a dialog and don't finish it
as a mod, doing that is more trouble than its worth
Even if the finish is "Ok, that's that, and this is where the penny drops
 
Yeah
 
I kinda want to bring this up on meta eventually
I'm just not sure how best to - and I certainly need a long period of normal sleeping hours ;p
 
^^"
 
Especially its a big broad issue - I consider lot of the folks who're in the community team friends, and I do want something good to come out of it
 
we could use some good
 
3:23 PM
true but part of that is also picking your battles and how you do it carefully
 
yep
 
and a critical part of this is to assume people want the same things you do, and helping folks bolster that
while not letting things get hijacked
 
@Aibobot While I agree with the post, I see them deviate from point 3 a lot.
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog if they weren't there's be nothing to talk about
 
If you're not going to do something, at least explain why or provide some indication that it's actually been considered, rather than leaving people in the dark.
 
3:26 PM
^
 
@SonictheAnonymousHedgehog in many cases
 
uhm
> Jen Weber discovered as much when she began livestreaming Stack Overflow Q&A sessions with her friend, fellow developer Chris Manson.
wait what?
how does that even work?
might check it out later
 
Hey that's that guy that caused drama over in that other chat place
 
Uhm whaaa?
smacks @KevinB with a rolled up newspaper
 
@JourneymanGeek Wait, you downvote questions by smacking the downvote button with a newspaper? O.o
 
.... the downvote button is a rolled up newspaper.
 
3:54 PM
he got kicked for dropping in and demanding the room change topics, and immediately went on a twitter tirade against it's members rather than finding a way to deal with it constructively.
 
@KevinB and if they did it, we deal with it
no point starting things before they start
(also on mobile and can't see the userlist ;p)
oh
damn, how do you even remember something like that?
 
what
 
that the guy mentioned in the blog is the same guy lol
 
i mean, it was a pretty stressful time, waiting for someone from that group to tweet at my employer because I as a RO was complicit in not stopping the conversation sooner.
 
ANYWAY, we kinda hopefully are past twitter driven moderation
meh
that's all that's wrong with the tech world some times
We're so darned confrontational over things that matter
and end up doing do little
 
410
4:10 PM
The livestream SO thing appears to be them posting a Q and then answering it.
With two people talking about it in the process.
I first imagined it as a broadcast that consists of posting a question and waiting for responses.
SOCVR folks should begin broadcasting their review sessions.
 
@410 actually that or talking people in a small community through an effective question/answer is useful
I've had a few cases where a question started off with me complaining about a problem, then working through it with someone
then turning that into a Q&A pair
 
4:27 PM
Just seems like a way to set unrealistic expectations of results.
 
@KevinB we're volunteers and we cannot be everywhere at once
On the other hand, it is a public space and I probably prefer safer, more accepting spaces for that kinda conversations...
like twitter? ;p
(more seriously - or some less public chat system)
 
4:47 PM
I was referring to the Q/A
 
@KevinB well, the process of asking effective questions isn't really as obvious as it should be
some people learn better by observing
we can't reach the people who're going to ask whatever comes to mind
but if someone actually needs that help...
 
410
That JS chat incident was in... 2018. April 27 to be precise. Time flies.
As do the ashes of the JS room.
Though they mostly settled on the ground by now.
 
Alright. TGIF!!1!
catching up the convo...
 
Its saturday
 
410
Singapore Grand Prix weekend, for those of us following F1.
Which may well be just me.
 
5:07 PM
i'm gonna be building the second and possibly last floor of my jungle fortress this weekend
 
I'm going to assume minecraft? ;p
 
5:25 PM
Yup
 
I need to pick it up again, but got sucked into somewhat more... erm...
shooty games ;p
 
Currently playin on a vanilla server for a change, it’s quite surprising how much you can automate without mods
 
@410 yeah, Verstappen said he is going for a win.
 
410
shocked
 
Over confident. Just like all Dutch folks.
 
410
6:08 PM
Slightly surprising to see CodeProject saying Why I stopped posting to StackOverflow. I mean, it's a website, it doesn't really post things...
BTW what's the difference between CodeProject and DEV?
 
Is that the different version of the "jQuery on SO" meme???
 
410
Yes, updated with the modern SO interface.
Also because we don't talk about jQuery anymore.
 
or cooking on SO
 
Steak Overflow
 
@410 I think have/had an account on CodeProject ... it is a forum ... old .. pre SO
 
410
6:21 PM
I was looking for a way to compare the traffic of two sites, but it looks like by now all traffic-guessing companies require signing up to see their tea leaves readings.
All that user tracking / fingerprinting, and nothing to see for it.
Oh, and dev.to is on climate strike today.
So are some of the local students, but for them, it's more like a Friday strike.
SO is not taking a stand on climate, it seems.
Although by running on very few servers, I'd say they are doing their part.
 
I was looking for the non-constructive flag. I didn't found it. Searched it in MSE and found results. Have they changed its name, or removed it?
 
410
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Q: Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags

Shog9The problem Comments are terrible; no one agrees on what they're for, or how long they should be kept. Comment flags are equally terrible, because if no one's on the same page as far as what should be posted in the first place then no one can agree on what should be removed either. On top of tha...

 
Oh, thank you very much.
 
410
That was in 2017. Next year 2018 brought us Unkind or Unwelcoming flags.
Still confused by the authorship status of the famous audio-starting answer, which is the 3rd highest voted answer all time on Meta.
It looks like the owner's account was deleted but this page exists.
AFAIR disassociated posts display "anon" rather than "userN"
 
migration is fun
 
410
6:34 PM
Yes, it is. But ... the owner does have an account on the target site for migration.
 
but can a post be migrated if the user is suspended?
 
410
I thought that was for questions.
Why block the migration of a question if one of the answers is by a user suspended on the target site...
 
Not what I intended to mean, but instead, should the question be migrated without that answer since the user is currently suspended on the target site...
 
410
I don't know. Deleting some of the answers during migration would seem weird.
I don't know why the question was migrated to begin with.
Site issues should be on topic on the per-site meta, regardless of whether the issue is localized to that site.
 
I don't know either, but migrating an answer to a suspended site seems like a loophole (dunno if it's possible to confirm this by SEDE or not...)
and I also don't know why it was migrated, though the most plausible reason was someone flagged it and a mod agreed...
Speculation on the Meta
 
6:55 PM
Thanks Catija, I deleted the question
Another question. If I remember it correctly, Ed stepped down in 2017 or so from Mod position. But this one stackoverflow.com/users?tab=moderators shows Ed is still a mod. Also it shows elected in 2018 but the link leads to 2015 election. Would like to know what happened there (if it's not secret)
Is there a meta post about it?
 
410
Stepped up again. He was just practicing dance moves.
@OptimusPrime The update at the bottom of meta.stackoverflow.com/q/365198/11875649
Once upon a time there was a graphical timeline of SO mods.
 
@410 Didn't noticed that. Thanks for the link
 
7:14 PM
@410 for some reason I was under the impression there was an unofficial one
 
 
410
I don't get the meaning of d in the formula.
Is the formula 2*pi*(r1 + r2) / 2 or 2*pi*(r1 - r2) / 2
Probably the former. Then d is the length of the circle midway between the two rails.
 
diameter?
 
410
d would make sense as diameter, but not if it's radius times pi.
I think d is for distance here.
xkcd never made a comic about how trains are able to turn...
Trains appear around 5min mark.
 
 
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8:44 PM
Going to toss another grenade.
How many throws do I have before I'm suspended?
 
@john when users ask that, it's usually the next one. :P
 
ohno
 
9:25 PM
Its pretty hard to get suspended on MSE - unless you are intentionally posting it stuff I guess
 
i'd imagine so, due to the low frequency of questions being posted for you to act up on
 
Well some thresholds are also higher
What you get out of it though..
 
 
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11:58 PM
Since "How do I" is discouraged, and "title" is a tag, that post should be retitled as "Write good". — user315433 Feb 22 '18 at 1:27
I have no memory of writing this comment. (Under a post that just now bumped up)
"How do I do something" is an annoyingly wasteful title. Go with "How do you do" instead.
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