@MarkTrapp I just heard you're stepping down from your position as moderator and have to say, I'm sorry to see you go.

We may not always see eye-to-eye, and I hated the fact you used your ability to close questions as much as you did, but I still think you did a great job as a moderator, particularly in your meta responses.

Good luck to you with whatever you do, and don't leave P.SE entirely :)

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For those who don't know, the "Chairman Mao reincarnate" was Mark's description of himself in chat once.

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Flogging a dead horse is fine. Disguising it as a farewell post is tactless, at best. –  Yannis Rizos Mar 3 '12 at 11:04
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@YannisRizos This was meant to be a farewell post, not an argument about site scope. If you want, I'll edit it. –  Rachel Mar 3 '12 at 14:43
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I don't want you to edit the post, the damage is done. However I would really appreciate if you stopped injecting your opinions on irrelevant posts and comments on irrelevant posts, and instead consider actually putting your opinions to the test, through Meta posts. And if your opinions prove to be unpopular, I'd really appreciate it if you stopped spamming us about them... –  Yannis Rizos Mar 3 '12 at 19:56
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@YannisRizos The post was meant for Mark to tell him I respected him as a moderator, even though I don't agree with him. He does a great job, and despite our differences I will miss him. Stop trying to make it into something more. –  Rachel Mar 3 '12 at 21:51
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Not trying to pick a fight, notice how I didn't say anything until your post started gathering down votes. However, blending irrelevant topics into one Meta question renders the voting system useless, and I highly suspect that all the downvotes are on your opinions on scope and not on your opinion on Mark. I just felt quite frustrated that a farewell post was gathering downvotes because for yet another time you chose to flog a dead horse. Please do consider using the system as it's meant to be used, and express your opinions in a way that allows for consensus. –  Yannis Rizos Mar 3 '12 at 21:58
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I wonder what goes through your mind to compare Mark to a dictator responsible for the deaths of millions of people. I would have been insulted and probably not as classy as he was. –  maple_shaft Mar 4 '12 at 3:44
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@maple_shaft That was Mark's description of himself... I would never presume to give someone that title myself. The only person who can really compare to chairman mao is chairman mao himself. –  Rachel Mar 4 '12 at 4:51
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@Rachel I'm sorry I didn't know. I am sorry to accuse you of that. Thanks for clearing that up. –  maple_shaft Mar 5 '12 at 2:33
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@maple_shaft No problem, I should have made that clear in the initial post. I posted this while in a cheerful mood and was feeling a bit goofy at the time, so meant the post to be lighthearted and fun, but I guess the tone didn't come across as I expected and people seemed to misunderstand. I actually didn't think about users not understanding the reference either until you posted something, so will edit my original post. –  Rachel Mar 5 '12 at 4:43
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@maple_shaft It's been a running gag with Mark and myself. We both have been at one time or another compared to a real-world dictator during meta arguments or in comments (he was Mao; I was likened to Mubarak). His Highness ChrisF was only compared to a king once, far as I know. Welcome to the mod team. ;) –  Anna Lear Mar 5 '12 at 18:51
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Still not sure what the "irrelevant topic" is here. I even looked at the revision history and everything. Seems totally legit. Sorry Rachel, seems like the Programmers mods have made antagonizing you into a hobby. (There, that was me injecting my opinion into a comment on a post. But hey, I didn't start it.) –  Cody Gray Mar 7 '12 at 20:41
    
@CodyGray Thanks :) I didn't quite get that reference either, but I've given up trying to argue with them directly. Some things just aren't worth the time/effort. I'm sure the mods feel my indiscriminate use of questions, answers, and comments from another point of view are just harass and ambush tactics, and that I'm only doing it to antagonize them :) –  Rachel Mar 7 '12 at 21:03

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This post made me chuckle: in leaving, I think my deepest regret is that I was never able to explain sufficiently or clearly enough to people like yourself who still cling to "Not Programming Related" what the site is or how Stack Exchange works.

The FAQ isn't what moderators—including me—act on. They act based on what they understand the scope of the site—decided by regular community users like yourself—to be. Moderators were elected—twice—to act in accordance with that scope. The FAQ is a summary—a cheat sheet if you will—of what the community-decided scope is.

The scope of the site was solidified two weeks after private beta ended. Since then, moderators and other community members have worked to contain the severe cancer that was produced from "Not Programming Related". After months and months of effort, the cancer's gone into remission and now people are cleaning up the dead cells.

The people, like yourself, who wish this was still the "Not Programmers Related" site from September 2010 are in the very, very small minority. A vocal minority, but a small one, and one that shrinks as time goes on.

Stack Exchange isn't for everyone: if there's one piece of advice I could instill now that I'm no longer a moderator, it's that perhaps—after 18 months of seeing the wind blow the other way—maybe it's time to cut your losses and find or create a new home.

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Glad the post made you laugh :) I don't want to get into an argument over the site scope here, but I do want to clarify that I do not want this site to go back to the days where many of the questions on here were just mindless fun. My goal is to get programmers.se to allow more Q&A about programmers, and not just limit itself to just software development questions. For example, I don't believe we should exclude questions that might apply to all stone masons or desk jobs. –  Rachel Mar 2 '12 at 20:36
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So long Mark, and thanks for all the fish :) I don't think people realize just how close this site came to not existing due to the 'not programming related' aspect. Thank you for a year and a half of putting yourself in a rather unpopular and often uncomfortable position. I think the site is doing well now, and will continue to do so. –  Tim Post Mar 3 '12 at 5:22
    
Thanks finally a moderator admitted, the FAQ is not being followed here for moderation. And here is my question that got -10 votes that address this issue. –  Noname Mar 3 '12 at 16:35
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@Dave -10 votes seems to suggest that there isn't an issue... Not to mention the fact that your question was incorrectly assuming that a moderator had anything to do with the closing of your question, since five regular users closed it. –  Yannis Rizos Mar 3 '12 at 20:03
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You'll be missed in TL, and for what it's worth, regardless of whether or not we agreed or disagreed on a topic, I always came out of it understanding something at least a little bit (if not a lot) better, and I'm a much better moderator for it. Thanks for all you've done and will continue to do. –  casperOne Mar 4 '12 at 17:30
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If it wasn't for you, Mark, I wouldn't have gotten the trial-by-fire I needed to begin really understanding how SE works. Thanks for weird winky-faces and Programmers/Parenting love-child questions (I owe you a meta post or seven at this point) and logger jokes and being an integral part of a group of people I knew I could always rely on for answers and guidance. We'll miss you in TL, Mark. Cheers to you. –  Aarthi Mar 5 '12 at 20:50
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Thanks you for being a mod for the last year or so, Mark! We're going to miss you diligence. Please don't abandon the site entirely - your contributions weren't just in the moderator realm! –  Michael K Mar 6 '12 at 13:06
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Someone gives you props and you down them? I'm glad you're gone. –  Joshua Drake May 11 '12 at 20:41
    
@JoshuaDrake Read the original revision of the post and the backhanded complement Rachel gave in chat and then get over yourself. –  user8 May 11 '12 at 20:59
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@MarkTrapp, done. Still glad. –  Joshua Drake May 14 '12 at 12:27
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The people, like yourself, who wish this was still the "Not Programmers Related" site from September 2010 are in the very, very small minority. A vocal minority, but a small one, and one that shrinks as time goes on. - Hmmm... Do you have numbers to back this up? @Rachel - Do you suppose he had numbers to back this up? I thought the change was made by fiat: not consensus. –  Jim G. Jan 31 '13 at 23:11
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@JimG. If you read through some of the linked meta questions in his answer about the history of the site change, you'll see that the Programmers meta community was happy with the site (example), but many in the StackExchange community weren't (example) –  Rachel Feb 1 '13 at 12:26
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@Rachel: Yes. That's exactly what I suspected. That's why Mark's comment was very misleading (and, in fact, false). He mentioned a "very, very small minority." He failed to mention that that small minority was only a subset of the population who cared about NPR. –  Jim G. Feb 1 '13 at 16:30
    
@JimG. We'll probably never know what information he used as a basis for making that statement because he deleted his SE accounts, but personally I didn't think that was the case based on many old meta posts I read through. But perhaps I missed something. –  Rachel Feb 1 '13 at 16:48

Absolutely!

Mark - I accuse you of making Programmers the place it is now.

I blame you for making it too attractive to me.

Without you, there could be so much more GTKY, resume advice and workplace questions, so that I could happily hang elsewhere, without breaking my mind over complicated conceptual topics that flood P.SE now.

Guilty as charged...

...thanks for that, Mark!

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Guilty of making this place too attractive. I don't know if he alone is guilty, but it is true that this place is too attractive for me as well and is eating up my work hours into SE. Best farewell for him i guess!! –  Dipan Mehta Mar 4 '12 at 5:50

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