I'm mildly optimistic and will soon resume my curation activities.
Currently, I'm waiting for the content warning implementation to resume my curation activities — from the negotiation results:
Stack Exchange, Inc. will implement a warning that will show to users pasting in content to the answer box, notifying the user about the prohibition on AI-generated content [...] Initial work on this has begun. Stack Overflow moderators have very recently been given a mockup of a first concept and their feedback has been requested.
My reasons towards optimism are similar to what doppelgreener articulates in her post. In addition, I feel like the infrastructure, while somewhat loose in organisation, proved that we can negotiate and achieve results. I immensely respect the representatives I voted for — Makyen and Mithical, in particular; I also value Cody Gray's work as one of our representatives and the contributions of many who participated and stayed on topic in the Discord.
But, I do not trust SE Inc. to handle their future direction towards what I consider the strong suit of SE (see Prashanth's new pet project — "the future of community & AI"), and one thing I'm unhappy about in particular is how Philippe phrases his apology:
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my most sincere personal apologies to mods who felt that in our previous text we were accusing them of racism. While that was not the intent of the text that I wrote (nor did that sentiment reflect the feelings of anyone involved in drafting the text), I can understand how it could be read that way, and I regret that we allowed it to be published like that. You have my sincere apologies, which I will also deliver in person at the upcoming mod/staff meetup.
By omission, there is no apology for how SE Inc. handled the policy and communication in general. So while he extends a hand towards the moderators regarding the implication of racism, I see no apology for the many missteps that moved me to join the open letter on June 3rd.
SE Inc. has to eventually address the leadership's lack of understanding of its product to resolve the issues. However, SE's structure, community, and the value the community creates make it a knowledge hub and a place worthy of contribution. Otherwise, contributing elsewhere may be the best option, but it is unique in how the structure amplifies signal instead of noise.