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.

Michael Hampton
Oct 10

Wrigglenite
Oct 7

random
Oct 7

nitsua60
Oct 7

V2Blast
Oct 7

Xander
Oct 6

rob
Oct 8

Kit Z. Fox
Oct 7

yannis
Oct 7

StrongBad
Oct 7

jcolebrand
Oct 7

Denis Nardin
Oct 8

whuber
Oct 10

Wipqozn
Oct 7

Charo
Nov 11

Cyn
Oct 13

Helmar
Oct 15

Matthew Read
Jan 2

terdon
Oct 6

sztupy
Oct 7

Robotnik
Oct 7

Madara Uchiha
Oct 8

heather
Oct 6

HDE 226868
Oct 6

rolfl
Oct 6

Rory Alsop
Oct 7

avazula
Oct 7

Bryan Krause
Oct 7

Scortchi
Oct 11

AviD
Oct 6

fedorqui
Oct 9

Glen_b
Oct 7

Emilie
Oct 7

Daniel Fischer
Oct 7

Anton Menshov
Oct 7

Cascabel
Oct 8

gung
Oct 7

Paul White
Oct 6

Vogel612
Oct 6

Wrzlprmft
Oct 7

Mithrandir24601
Oct 7

hichris123
Oct 7

Matt E. Эллен
Oct 8

Web Head
Oct 8

Mark Booth
Oct 14

rubiksmoose
Oct 7

ArtOfCode
Oct 6

Em C
Oct 6

Aza
Oct 6

Gilles
Oct 7

user58
Oct 7

Tensibai
Oct 7

glenh7
Oct 7

Ilmari Karonen
Oct 7

Jake
Jan 17

Worthwelle
Oct 19

John Omielan
Oct 7

T. Sar
Oct 9

shellster
Oct 11

briantist
Oct 9

Chappo
Oct 8

IEatBagels
Oct 7

isherwood
Jan 16

Jenny D
Oct 13

bruglesco
Oct 6

PatJ
Oct 25

Ave
Oct 7

r.uckus
Oct 17

Nog Shine
Oct 7

Andras Deak
Oct 6

nobody
Oct 26

March Ho
Oct 8

Eliah Kagan
Oct 21

April
Oct 7

Mari-Lou A
Oct 7

Owen Blacker
Jan 14

Raaja
Oct 8

Nij
Oct 7

realityChemist
Dec 19

rahuldottech
Oct 10

Jehoshaph Akshay Chandran
Oct 18

Marcpusu
Oct 7

angussidney
Oct 7

JIMMYPlay
Nov 15

sourcejedi
Oct 11

Gavin Yancey
Oct 8

Billy Jo Ayakatubby
Jan 6

Makyen
Oct 7

Magisch
Oct 8

ElizB
Oct 7

LinkBerest
Oct 8

Zanna
Oct 10

puzzlepiece87
Oct 7

Christoffer Lette
Oct 7

PM 2Ring
Oct 7

SaintWacko
Oct 7

ABoschman
Oct 17

Nick A
Oct 25

Bookman B.
Oct 15

TemporarilyAnon
Oct 17

bjb568
Oct 26

Konrad Rudolph
Oct 8

GypsySpellweaver
Oct 7

ckitching
Oct 22

Carlos
Oct 9

Bart van Ingen Schenau
Oct 7

knrumsey
Oct 18

franka waaldijk
Oct 20

cs95
Oct 25

Richard
Oct 9

mx. sparks
Oct 10

benknoble
Oct 7

Todd Wilcox
Oct 9

coagmano
Nov 5

camille
Oct 7

Linny
Oct 8

legrojan
Oct 21

Ælis
Oct 7

edchum
Nov 7

Derek Pollard
Oct 7

Austin Hastings
Oct 9

FryAmTheEggman
Oct 7

Sam
Oct 8

Nate Strickland
Oct 7

OnStrike
Nov 2

duplode
Oct 6

Unionhawk
Oct 7

Michael Campbell
Oct 9

Derek Adams
Oct 19

agucova
Oct 7

GhostCat
Oct 7

mason
Oct 16

Laure
Oct 9

Rietty
Oct 19

yivi
Nov 7

Charlie
Oct 7

Daniil
Oct 7

Max Vernon
Oct 7

Suraj Rao
Oct 7

tripleee
Oct 7

ypercubeᵀᴹ
Oct 7

Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog
Oct 6

Isaac
Oct 10

aloisdg
Oct 14

weegee
Oct 7

FreezePhoenix
Oct 7

Ash
Oct 7

Memor-X
Oct 7

connectyourcharger
Oct 9

cat40
Oct 7

bdares
Oct 9

Zoe
Oct 7

Lamak
Oct 7

Obscerno
Oct 17

Josh Caswell
Nov 10

Patrick Q
Oct 9

gadzooks02
Oct 11

joelostblom
Nov 5

a3nm
Oct 12

Shree
Oct 7

stajs
Oct 8

qharr
Oct 7

Elise M
Oct 7

Anne Daunted
Oct 8

BlackShift
Oct 15

Martheen
Oct 7

kylefairns
Oct 17

Ankit Sharma
Oct 7

muru
Oct 7

O.O.Balance
Oct 7

David Bowling
Oct 10

AProgrammer
Oct 9

rene
Oct 7

GodEmperorDune
Oct 7

parttimeturtle
Oct 7

amon
Oct 7

Mr.Mindor
Oct 7

Secespitus
Oct 7

Lordology
Oct 21

senia
Oct 7

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