I have a feeling none of this would have happened if they weren't hyping up new hires for months, opening up applications despite the individuals already being decided on and teasing the audience for weeks with vague hints. If all of a sudden Dan and Jason were on the staff it would be just another day.
I genuinely believed that the cries of disappointment today would be about hundreds of community members applying for a CBSi job, being passed over for two people with industry experience (at the same company no less). Which is absolutely what I anticipated would happen in the end, especially for the senior editor position. Just given the massive amount of views and discussion in the "we're hiring" thread, I thought the sentiment would be quite different internally. It seems this external outcry has at least pushed any of that to the background.
And very possibly community hires for associate and internships will still come out of it, we have a lot of awesome people. But Jeff has said it time and again, someone looking for a job is competing with people who already have the skills and the experience.
The rest of the controversy blindsided me. Personally I think it would've been awesome to score an editor with a Japanese background. Like the 8-4 guys, that doesn't mean they need to be ethnically Japanese, but that can't be too much of a challenge in San Francisco with 33% of the 2010 census being Asian. But I'm also not looking to play the minority card, I'm looking to fill different gaps in the team, not build a team who share increasingly similar opinions about the same games.
I appreciate diversity of background, regardless of race, gender, or other checkbox distinctions.