I agree with Andre, I think that the communications part about sad news in Mozilla is not very good/clear/transparent/complete. I am saying this looking at all the past experiences because from a side there is the plan to focus more on community and the other side this program or a lot of community managers was put on layoffs.
For us it was clear just from the layoff in january that this will happen, but discover this just because we have a chat of all of us discussing also with the Mozilla employees, dosn’t help on the Mozilla manifesto thrust worth.
So we can say without any doubts that Community is useful in Mozilla when does what they need and it is just enough, when is not needed anymore there is the trash bin.
This was part of the program purpose, to me the skills grow was very important and I tried to port this also to other people (in my free/open book about open source there is a chapter about public speaking as example). About conference, I always used it to help my community to grow and promote Mozilla topics.
From this point of view the talk’s topics wasn’t always about Mozilla topics or there wasn’t any effort to spread this effort also to the rest of the Mozilla community (the activate campaign for TS wasn’t used so much).
Honestly I think that the program was a way for Mozilla to have tech evangelist in a more cheap way but without so many boundaries in topics (there was a period like 2 years ago with a list of those).
I want just to remember these discussions I started years ago with no traction from the community (sadly):
As today, I think that part of the Mozilla issues is the community that is ignored (about complaints or needs, there are only nice words) and the Mozilla community that is not so strong to let his voice to be heard (like involve more people in the discussions and do pressure).
This “pausing” that is like “closing” because no one that followed/created/managed the program is part of Mozilla anymore it is one of the many things in the Mozilla cemetery…
PS: This is not an attack to a specific person but just a philosophy inside Mozilla that is not official but is the real way of doings things (after all) and the management is not doing anything to change it in the last 5 years.