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One or more of the following things happened to me on a Stack Exchange site:

  • My post(s) were wrongly deleted or locked by a moderator
  • A moderator posted a wrong comment to one of my posts
  • I was suspended, but did not do anything wrong
  • I asked a meta-question, but the question was closed and/or deleted
  • A moderator discredited me in public
  • ...

I think a moderator has abused their power, but I am powerless against them.

What recourse do I have now? What can I do when I feel that a moderator has abused his/her power, and has been repeatedly unfair in his/her dealings with me?

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If you have a dispute with a diamond moderator your options are:

  • Send a message to the Stack Exchange team via the "contact us" link at the bottom of any page with your complaint and links to the questions/answers.
  • Flag for moderator attention and request a second moderator to have a look.

For the record, here are levels of moderation (from highest to lowest):

Some unsolicited advice:

It's often best for you to try to work things out at as low a level as possible. If you have a problem with one moderator, it's faster for you to reach any of the other elected "Diamond Moderators" on your site as they have the most experience with your specific site and may even have seen other actions you have taken that give context to the issue at hand. Sometimes you want to go above someone's head (or even straight to the top) with a complaint or request, but realize that the recipient will wonder why this person with a complaint couldn't resolve it with the team of moderators that were put in place to do just that.

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Please explain how to contact a Diamond Moderator after a regular user with rep-based privileges abuses power. If a post has been flagged, and the abusive user catches the flag, the only recourse appears to be the contact us link. Is there a way to flag Diamond Moderators directly in a way that cannot be intercepted by rep-based users? – Dave May 17 at 14:33
@Dave An "in need of moderator intervention" flag can only be seen by diamond moderators. – PolyGeo May 21 at 11:35
You say "It's often best for you to try to work things out at as low a level as possible."  Based on the hierarchy list, that would seem to suggest a first step of going to Meta and soliciting a consensus from regular users with rep-based privileges.  Is that what you mean? – Scott May 24 at 6:13

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