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Defend Monica from Defamation by Stack Overflow

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Update, 2019-12-23:

"Stack Overflow and Monica Cellio have come to an agreement. We believe that Ms. Cellio was not acting with malicious intent. We believe she did not understand all of the nuances and full intent and meaning of our Code of Conduct and was confused about what actions it required and forbade.

We acknowledge our responses to her requests for clarification were not satisfactory. The verbiage in our Code of Conduct could have been more explicitly detailed about what was expected. We always valued Ms. Cellio’s contributions to the community and respect her intelligence, integrity, and professional writing skills.

While our initial statement did not address her specifically, we regret that we used her name when responding to a reporter's follow-up. We regret any damage to Ms. Cellio's reputation and any other damage she may have suffered.

We have since updated some of our policies and processes to help ensure we are more careful in our public communications, and that there is a clearer process anytime a moderator's status is revoked as well as a process for reinstatement.

We respect Ms. Cellio and believe she is a good person with much to offer and contribute. We sincerely hope she remains an active member of our community. In recognition of the mistakes that led us here, we invited Ms. Cellio to apply for possible reinstatement on all six sites following our new reinstatement process. Ms. Cellio expressed concerns about the new process and has not applied."


No further donations are needed.  Thank you everybody for your support!

I am awaiting final information on expenses and will provide an accounting in an update as soon as possible.  As stated previously, funds raised in excess of costs incurred will be donated  to The Trevor Project , an organization that provides crisis-intervention services to LGBTQ+ youth and related resources to everyone.  See the Nov 4 update for more information.

I'm Monica Cellio, a (former) moderator on six Stack Exchange sites including Meta, where I was appointed  for an outstanding track record.  My network profile  shows my contributions across Stack Exchange.


Monica Cellio
Pittsburgh, PA

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