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Cyn is taking a leave of absence, Monica was removed, the others have stepped down...

So now what?

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    I honestly am bewildered and disappointed. I'm thinking about stepping away from the site, too, although I am but a simple user. Cyn and Monica were two mods and people who made me very proud to be a part of this community, and seeing what's happening--it's like a fireball.
    – weakdna
    Oct 3 '19 at 18:56
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    Cross-site duplicate in a way: No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order? Go on and wait for the staff to do something or step away, too. I know which of those I will do after... this...
    – Secespitus
    Oct 3 '19 at 19:03
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The simple answer is just no.

At present, after Monica was removed (also), I stepped down, Neil resigned, and Cyn is taking a leave of absence, there are no active community moderators left on Writing SE.

While at least I still technically have a diamond, I for one am merely waiting for a Stack Exchange employee to remove it, and I have not performed any moderation activities on either site where I've had a diamond, since I posted about my stepping down about 46 hours ago. Both my own and Neil's diamond moderator access has now been revoked.

What happens next is up to Stack Exchange Inc. There has been much speculation in different places, but as far as I can tell, the official update posted a few hours ago does not address that issue at all. (A second apology and update was posted later, but also does not appear to address this.)

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    The official update is one of the poorest attempts at an apology I have ever seen...it neither was helpful to the situation nor an acknowledgement of fault/error. I expected more from them.
    – J Crosby
    Oct 3 '19 at 19:53
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    @JCrosby - I don't. It's a pretty standard corporate response.
    – user18397
    Oct 4 '19 at 4:08
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    I'm not sure anyone will come and remove your diamond. Having no visible moderation left on their sites? That'd be like admitting they messed up, or something.
    – Weckar E.
    Oct 4 '19 at 5:39
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    @WeckarE On the other hand: (1) the explicitly stated policy is that moderators can step down at any time, if they want to; if SE does not accept a resignation request from a moderator in good standing, that would be a huge issue all on its own. (2) Having an actively high-privilege account even with, let alone against, the wishes of the account holder is a potential liability. I won't deliberately damage the site, and feel rather confident in my ability to secure my account, but should a diamond-moderator account be compromised somehow, the attacker can do a huge amount of damage quickly.
    – user
    Oct 4 '19 at 7:17

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