October 5, 2019

Dear Stack Exchange, Inc.,

We, the undersigned moderators and users of the Stack Exchange network, feel that it is necessary to elaborate on a few points that were omitted in our general letter, in order to keep that letter focused.

We are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and we are hurt.

We are hurt that in the time since the announcement in the Teachers’ Lounge was made, we have seen an outpouring of transphobic behavior from both other moderators and the community at large, under the guise of ‘friendly’ discussion.

We are hurt that over the years, there have been multiple users and moderators who have stepped away from using the site because they felt unwelcome due to anti-LGBTQ+ behavior by the community (and sometimes even moderators). The affected users and moderators have given multiple testimonies to that effect, yet have received no response from Stack Exchange, Inc.

We are hurt at how long it has taken for us to be heard, and hurt by how now that we are being heard at all, it has been tainted by mishandling by Stack Exchange, Inc, causing the community to be doubtful of our goals.

We are hurt that resignations from LGBTQ+ moderators have only started to receive notice due to the uproar over a correlated issue.

We are human, we are hurt, we are tired, and we ask that Stack Exchange, and the community as a whole, listens to our concerns.

We ask that several things be done:

  1. We ask that Stack Exchange, Inc does more to pay attention to the complaints and requests of the LGBTQ+ community and does more to ensure that rules are properly applied such that LGBTQ+ people are treated with the same respect everyone should be treated with.
  2. We ask that the consequences for not respecting members of the community be more explicit, and be consistently carried out. Too many times have transphobic or homophobic comments gone by with no response from the Community Team, leaving LGBTQ+ individuals to explain their validity again and again and again.
  3. Moderating is hard, and the LGBTQ+ community has been underrepresented in media for long enough that many moderators do not know how to handle some specific situations. Some moderators have requested sensitivity training. This would help those who work so hard on behalf of the Stack Exchange community to receive the support and guidance they need to carry out their duties.

It is time for something to be done about a situation that has become, frankly, untenable. Please listen to us - each of us, individually. The ways we have been hurt vary, and the things we feel could improve the situation vary. Too many of us have already left because nothing has been done. Thank you.


We, the undersigned, support the sentiments expressed in this letter, and join with its authors in asking that Stack Exchange take steps towards fostering community spirit once again.

rob
Oct 8

jcolebrand
Oct 7

Rory Alsop
Oct 7

gung
Oct 7

Kit Z. Fox
Oct 7

yannis
Oct 7

Madara Uchiha
Oct 8

Charo
Nov 11

Mithrandir24601
Oct 7

Scortchi
Oct 11

Michael Hampton
Oct 10

sztupy
Oct 7

terdon
Oct 6

whuber
Oct 10

ArtOfCode
Oct 6

StrongBad
Oct 7

HDE 226868
Oct 6

Wrigglenite
Oct 7

Anton Menshov
Oct 7

rolfl
Oct 6

Mark Booth
Oct 14

Xander
Oct 6

hichris123
Oct 7

Bryan Krause
Oct 7

avazula
Oct 7

Web Head
Oct 8

Robotnik
Oct 7

Vogel612
Oct 6

Cyn
Oct 13

Matt E. Эллен
Oct 8

nitsua60
Oct 7

Wrzlprmft
Oct 7

heather
Oct 6

Daniel Fischer
Oct 7

Emilie
Oct 7

Helmar
Oct 15

Cascabel
Oct 8

AviD
Oct 6

Paul White
Oct 6

fedorqui
Oct 9

Glen_b
Oct 7

Wipqozn
Oct 7

Em C
Oct 6

rubiksmoose
Oct 7

Denis Nardin
Oct 8

random
Oct 7

V2Blast
Oct 7

user58
Oct 7

glenh7
Oct 7

Gilles
Oct 7

Tensibai
Oct 7

Aza
Oct 6

Carlos
Oct 9

Linny
Oct 8

Nate Strickland
Oct 7

JIMMYPlay
Nov 15

senia
Oct 7

Laure
Oct 9

Richard
Oct 9

weegee
Oct 7

Ash
Oct 7

cs95
Oct 25

Bookman B.
Oct 15

Derek Pollard
Oct 7

Andras Deak
Oct 6

bjb568
Oct 26

agucova
Oct 7

Memor-X
Oct 7

aloisdg
Oct 14

sourcejedi
Oct 11

Ave
Oct 7

Mr.Mindor
Oct 7

Zoe
Oct 7

gadzooks02
Oct 11

briantist
Oct 9

angussidney
Oct 7

ABoschman
Oct 17

a3nm
Oct 12

ElizB
Oct 7

camille
Oct 7

Isaac
Oct 10

coagmano
Nov 5

bruglesco
Oct 6

Sam
Oct 8

April
Oct 7

Makyen
Oct 7

Patrick Q
Oct 9

GodEmperorDune
Oct 7

PatJ
Oct 25

benknoble
Oct 7

Christoffer Lette
Oct 7

T. Sar
Oct 9

GhostCat
Oct 7

Worthwelle
Oct 19

shellster
Oct 11

Anne Daunted
Oct 8

Mari-Lou A
Oct 7

FreezePhoenix
Oct 7

yivi
Nov 7

AProgrammer
Oct 9

Jenny D
Oct 13

Gavin Yancey
Oct 8

Todd Wilcox
Oct 9

mx. sparks
Oct 10

Magisch
Oct 8

PM 2Ring
Oct 7

tripleee
Oct 7

duplode
Oct 6

rahuldottech
Oct 10

Chappo
Oct 8

Max Vernon
Oct 7

TemporarilyAnon
Oct 17

IEatBagels
Oct 7

qharr
Oct 7

Lordology
Oct 21

Lamak
Oct 7

ypercubeᵀᴹ
Oct 7

FryAmTheEggman
Oct 7

John Omielan
Oct 7

Bart van Ingen Schenau
Oct 7

Nij
Oct 7

Rietty
Oct 19

OnStrike
Nov 2

Secespitus
Oct 7

Suraj Rao
Oct 7

David Bowling
Oct 10

Derek Adams
Oct 19

Austin Hastings
Oct 9

Zanna
Oct 10

Nick A
Oct 25

amon
Oct 7

Konrad Rudolph
Oct 8

joelostblom
Nov 5

Charlie
Oct 7

Shree
Oct 7

cat40
Oct 7

kylefairns
Oct 17

knrumsey
Oct 18

mason
Oct 16

nobody
Oct 26

bdares
Oct 9

SaintWacko
Oct 7

Ankit Sharma
Oct 7

Ilmari Karonen
Oct 7

Unionhawk
Oct 7

Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog
Oct 6

Elise M
Oct 7

franka waaldijk
Oct 20

Raaja
Oct 8

rene
Oct 7

GypsySpellweaver
Oct 7

legrojan
Oct 21

edchum
Nov 7

Michael Campbell
Oct 9

Eliah Kagan
Oct 21

r.uckus
Oct 17

March Ho
Oct 8

muru
Oct 7

Josh Caswell
Nov 10

BlackShift
Oct 15

connectyourcharger
Oct 9

Daniil
Oct 7

Jehoshaph Akshay Chandran
Oct 18

ckitching
Oct 22

O.O.Balance
Oct 7

LinkBerest
Oct 8

Martheen
Oct 7

Nog Shine
Oct 7

stajs
Oct 8

Obscerno
Oct 17

parttimeturtle
Oct 7

Ælis
Oct 7

Marcpusu
Oct 7

puzzlepiece87
Oct 7

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