Hey everyone, apologizes for the oversight. We've added this as an addendum to the previous staff post.
(Posted in the wrong thread before, my bad).
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Staff have been discussing this internally over the last week or so, with trans staff members leading that discussion and consulting on the specifics. We've so far prepared the following guidelines for threads on trans issues: As always the best way to receive responses to moderation questions and concerns is via the contact form at the bottom of the site or by reaching out to the mod captains directly. The full staff roster can always be found here: Additionally, a discussion thread on the current topic is open and can be found here:
Staff have been discussing this internally over the last week or so, with trans staff members leading that discussion and consulting on the specifics. We've so far prepared the following guidelines for threads on trans issues: As always the best way to receive responses to moderation questions and concerns is via the contact form at the bottom of the site or by reaching out to the mod captains directly. The full staff roster can always be found here: