There is a new moderator agreement which if I do not accept will mean the loss of my moderator rights. I do not plan to accept it.

I am not happy with the way SE has been handling their responsibilities. I can't see how a new agreement on my part is going to improve SE's performance, therefore I will not be accepting it.

Which means on Sept 7, 2020 I will no longer be a moderator on Pets.se

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    my upvote is in suport of your opinion about this. Jul 11, 2020 at 10:19
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    do you have specific objections to the agreement? I'm asking as someone unfamiliar with the moderator agreement (either the former one or the new one).
    – Kryten
    Jul 12, 2020 at 18:08
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    I don't know how to vote for this, it's just sad.
    – user6796
    Jul 13, 2020 at 0:58
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    @Kryten I have objections on principal to a need for new agreement on my part. I have tangible objections to agreeing to things that have not been written yet "I will abide by all other officially announced moderator and user policies made available to me." Jul 13, 2020 at 11:12
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    @JamesJenkins thank you. I've been reading some of the meta posts and I've been reading about some of the protests that I've seen. I can understand your concerns with open-ended terms like the one you cited.
    – Kryten
    Jul 13, 2020 at 16:52

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Thank you, James!

I just wanted to stop by and say thanks. I understand your position and respect your decision. As I said in my own stepping down post, the Pets Moderators were exceptional and especially with you as the veteran moderator. It was great to bounce ideas off you and I appreciated all guidance you gave us.

Thanks for all you've done for Pets.SE, over many successful years as a moderator, and good luck in the future.


It's been an honour to know you all these years. We were both founding members, though I did leave and then return.

I hope you and your family are well through the COVID pandemic and that our paths cross again one day, as I'm leaving the site altogether. Time to say goodbye - one less moderator

Thank you for all your great service to our little site, both as a moderator and our number one contributor. You've been a stable and constant figure on the site.

  • @JamesJenkins It's sad, but I will come to codadict when we've moved onto our own property and everything is settled and answer some questions there :)
    – user6796
    Jul 17, 2020 at 13:50

Apparently not accepting the new agreement is been changed from SE firing me, to me resigning. I have not actively accepted nor declined the new agreement, but I did just receive the following email.

Hello James Jenkins

I've been notified that you've declined the moderator agreement and I'm reaching out to give you some additional information about the step-down process. I'm sorry about the delay in getting back to you and if you felt like you were in limbo waiting for things to happen. Thank you so much for the time you've given to SE as a moderator and your support of your site's community.

Firstly, I'm not planning to remove your diamond until the interim period is completed. Currently that's scheduled to end on September 7th. This date may also slip later if we have too few moderator responses to fill in gaps before September 7th. Since we've already scheduled an election for Pets, so if that ends before the interim period does, we can remove you when the new moderators are announced. I've written a long post on the Moderator Team about the next steps in this process if you're a member. If not, I'll be happy to share the text of it with you.

In the interim, if you have unanswered questions or concerns that you'd like to have addressed or you would like to talk with a CM about the mod agreement, please feel free to ask here or in the chat room I've created here. I'm going to be available there, just ping me or someone else to ask a question. I've answered many questions in various places over the last few months so it's kinda hard for me to respond to everything in different places. I'm hoping that the chat room will be a place where people can review past conversations and then ask new questions but I'll answer anything you've got.

I sincerely believe that with the new agreement and the Council, the moderators will be treated fairly and listened to more. If there's anything that I might be able to do - within my power - that will help you see that, please let me know. If you are convinced that you must resign, I respect that decision and reiterate my appreciation for your time invested. Please know that you may choose to request reinstatement at any point after stepping down, and that we've streamlined the process to be relatively quick.

Please respond to this email with any questions you may have and/or to confirm your decision to resign.

~ Catherine Kuck AKA Catija Stack Exchange Community Manager

Seems like SE is getting a bit more aggressive while still pretending none of it is on them.

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