The event that has been dubbed panel-gate by members of the community has sparked emotion and even outrage from the community with regard to the actions of some, and how the events unfolded.
- The head community manager noticed a moderator account closing questions with a "canned" comment
- The community manager thought the closings were too close together and as a result, suspicious.
- Upon further investigation the community manager noticed some questions that didn't exactly fit the canned close reason, and became even more suspicious.
- The community manager searched meta but found no recent mention of a closing campaign, and only a single mention of what was happening in an almost defunct chat room.
- To protect the integrity of the site, the community manager suspended the moderator's mod status, pending an investigation into the event and communication with the moderator.
The moderator was closing questions that are explicitly off topic.
The moderator believed he was acting on the consensus of the community.
There are questions on meta that confirm the moderator's beliefs.
A portion of the community has also confirmed these beliefs.
The moderator has since resigned from his duties in response to this incident.
Now that the situation has slightly died down, I wanted to create a question where the community can talk about what we should take away from this event. This question isn't about finger pointing or name calling, hopefully all of that is over. It is about what's left of the community can do better to ensure something like this doesn't happen again. We lost a very active moderator and other active high rep members over what appears to be nothing more than a communication disconnect.
To clarify, by community I mean both the SF community and the community managers. Anyone who has something constructive to say has the floor.