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I was wondering, ever since the new CEO replaced the old one, a lot of outraged moderators quit, and as of now, I think there are no Writing moderators. Does this result in more spam and abuse?

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    Note - most moderators didn't quit because of the CEO, but because of the unjust firing of a moderator (Monica), and SE's further defensiveness thereafter. A few quit because they disliked the Code of Conduct (aka "the pronouns thing") Feb 10 '20 at 14:13
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    @AprilSalutesMonicaC. Don't forget about the "illegal relicensing" stuff and quite a few other things here and there, like removing the automatic Hot Meta posts from StackOverflow and a lot of stuff that happened over the last years like the ongoing "welcoming" initiatives ;)
    – Secespitus
    Feb 10 '20 at 15:47
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The only real increase in "abuse" was the result of one particular user who'd already been a problem before the moderators left, and became even more of a problem afterwards, as there was nobody to stop him and any attempts were met with further abuse. He did eventually get suspended, though.

Other than that, I feel like we've actually had fewer spam/troll posts than before. I suspect that the downturn in activity we've had has made us a less attractive target for that sort of thing.

What I have noticed is an increase in questions that are low-quality or off-topic. And with no active mods and far fewer high-rep active users, those questions aren't getting closed in time and are receiving (often low-quality) answers, which only encourages further low-quality/off-topic questions, because people know they'll get answered.

It's quite tiring, to be honest with you.

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  • I still try to clear the queues at least once per day, but there's only so much that does. Do we have any idea how long their suspension is for?
    – Weckar E.
    Feb 12 '20 at 0:06
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    Until the end of 2020, and I honestly hope they don't come back.
    – F1Krazy Mod
    Feb 12 '20 at 6:44
  • @WeckarE., who are "they"? Aug 9 '20 at 0:34
  • @RayButterworth "They" are the user referred to in my first paragraph. We're not supposed to name names on Meta, so I didn't.
    – F1Krazy Mod
    Aug 9 '20 at 8:05
  • @WeckarE., so "they" is newspeak for "he". I read it as plural and thought I was missing something. Aug 9 '20 at 12:14
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    @RayButterworth or for "she"
    – Weckar E.
    Aug 9 '20 at 22:35
  • @WeckarE., no, not "she". It says "He did eventually get suspended", so there was no need to avoid using "he" in the comments. Aug 10 '20 at 0:56
  • @RayButterworth We weren't avoiding it on any conscious level. Their and they is just very natural to me for anyone whose gender I cannot confirm.
    – Weckar E.
    Aug 10 '20 at 14:04

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