This evening, Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Stack Overflow, posted this message:
I am extremely upset by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. It is immoral, unconstitutional, and fundamentally un-American.
The community on Stack Overflow is made up of users from all over the world. At least 100,000 posts on Stack Overflow were written by users from the seven countries from which President Trump has banned immigration. These posts have been viewed at least 250,000,000 times. That’s a lot of people sharing their knowledge across borders.
Stack Overflow is successful because of the contributions of everyone, regardless of nationality or religion. If Stack Overflow were not a free, open, and welcoming community that ignored borders, it would never work.
It’s impossible not to see the parallel: the only way to build a successful world today is to allow the contributions of everyone. Carving up the world into us vs. them, building walls, and demonizing religions, nations, and refugees is both morally repugnant and frankly stupid and counterproductive, and it goes so much against the spirit of Stack Overflow that as a community we must speak out.
I quoted it in full because some users of this site might not be active on Stack Overflow and, therefore, might not have seen it. My guess is that greater proportion of people on Islam—Stack Exchange are affected or know someone who is than any other space on our network. If that includes you, please know that we are with you. We intend for this network to be open to everyone everywhere. I'm personally quite proud of the work you, as a community, have done to keep this a welcoming place and resist sectarianism.