Remark: I thought this post would be more appropriate in something like category “Lounge” because I understand this most prominently as material for selfstudy for (volunteer) moderators like we have them here, and not as entry for solidarity/controverse discussion. But unfortunately currently I have no acces to the “Lounge”.
I'd like to link to an event in another much volunteers-driven community in which I am involved for many years and which is large enough to be worth to be looked at at this moment. First part should be the link to an open letter of a fairly big group of moderators criticizing a sensable shift of the *company* away of the *community*, culminating currently in the attempt to *retroactively* change the copyright of the user-contributions and also in the mindless sacking of a year-long well-reputated moderator. When I followed the various posts and comments with the very large range of perspectives I thought this would be first-class training material for all volunteer-moderators in open internet fora with large part of self-organization: so in this forum as well.
For a first read this msg of the suddenly fired moderator in several sections Monica Chellio might be an eyeopener: Stack Overflow Inc., sinat chinam, and the goat for Azazel - Mi Yodeya Meta There are links to further material and especially to her own blog.
A somewhat different perspective was expressed in this msg in my “home”-section “mathematics” again with lots of links and further comments in all controversy: Firing mods and forced relicensing: sudden changes at SE - Mathematics Meta Stack Exchange and also Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community? - Meta Stack Exchange
The third link where I stepped in was this letter-of-moderators to the company of, say 130 moderators (see the diamonds at the names of the signators Dear Stack Exchange, Inc.). As said above, this letter happened to occur shortly before the “firing”-incident (and was only updated recently). And since the rocks are currently rolling, this shall also be specific valuable material: likely showing how a company handles its own community-approach/-promise by their current and upcoming answers/statements/press-releases et.al. .
As I already said above: I don’t understand my posting here as call for contribution but only as live-material pointed to for the (quiet) self-study - maybe if you are yourself a moderator or at least an engaged and spirited member of such a self-organized community.