How to put pressure on StackExchange Inc without damaging the community?

by Eric Duminil   Last Updated October 19, 2019 23:24 PM

Is there any constructive way to put pressure on StackExchange (the company) without putting any pressure on the community in general and the moderators in particular?

Goal

The best method should:

  • be strong enough to change some of the company's KPIs to red. (Whatever they are)
  • not require any additional work from the moderators.
  • be reversible as soon as improvements are noticed. The goal isn't to permanently damage the company but to force the company to realign with the community.

Past actions

Those actions didn't seem to impress corporate very much:

What else could work?

  • Offer a platform for SE employees to anonymously share information relevant to the current problems. Some of the employees clearly feel a strong link to the community but are apparently forced to either stay silent or repeat corporate buzz words.
  • Stop using StackExchange paid products at work (e.g. Teams)
  • Advice everyone to enable Ad-Blockers on stackexchange.
  • Reach out to a prominent Twitter user and let them publicly complain about one of the many recent problems.

Any suggestion is welcome.



Answers 1


Not much of this would work sadly, not as you understand it anyway.

We're currently hearing some comforting noises but the effect is to be seen.

be strong enough to change some of the company's KPIs to red

We would need to know what the KPIs are. And well - I'm pretty doubtful that anything we do can make a massive impact on SE's revenue streams. Historically the big causes of SE not meeting performance goals was... shooting themselves in the foot.

not require any additional work from the moderators.

Literally any form of public protest involves extra moderator work.

be reversible as soon as improvements are noticed. The goal isn't to permanently damage the company but to force the company to realign with the community.

Looking at current events, well there's always a risk things spiral out of control.

Offer a platform for SE employees to anonymously share information relevant to the current problems. Some of the employees clearly feel a strong link to the community but are apparently forced to either stay silent or repeat corporate buzz words.

And such a platform would still be under corporate thumb

Stop using StackExchange paid products at work (e.g. Teams)

We're often not the decision makers. Also if there is a widespread boycott, and losses - we can't be sure what the effect is

Advice everyone to enable Ad-Blockers on stackexchange.

So far. for most part SE dosen't particularly mind if you use an adblocker.

Reach out to a prominent Twitter user and let them publicly complain about one of the many recent problems.

Honestly if I had that sort of influence and could cause change, I would never stop tweeting about it

Journeyman Geek
Journeyman Geek
October 19, 2019 23:22 PM

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