On October 27th, I decided that the following requirements must be met by November 1st for my continued involvement with the Stack Exchange network:
- The forced relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-SA 4.0 must either be validated as legal by a lawyer or legal team experienced in copyright law and open-source licenses, with the explanation posted publicly, or the license change must be rolled back.
- Monica Cellio must be reinstated as a moderator on the sites where she previously was a moderator, and then be subjected to the new and fair process for removing moderators rather than a knee-jerk reaction on a Friday afternoon.
Unsurprisingly, despite nearly two months passing since the relicensing announcement, and nearly one month passing since Monica's unjust removal, no progress has been made by Stack Exchange on either of these issues.
I can no longer support the Stack Exchange network in good faith, because I do not believe the network has the best interests of its users in mind. So, I am following in the footsteps of Dennis and resigning as a moderator, effective immediately.
However, because I object not only to Stack Exchange's mishandling of the alleged Code of Conduct violations by Monica, but also to what I believe is an illegal change to the license terms for network content, I'm going a step further. I am submitting a request for Stack Exchange to remove all of my network content, so that they may not illegally host it under a different license than the one under which the content was submitted.
I am very disappointed that the situation has come to this, but I have been left with no other choice that would not betray my principles. I will miss you all greatly.
I am on Discord as Mego#2328, if any of you would like to communicate there.