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Recently, I had the following things happen to me on Super User:

  1. One of my answers was locked, and a moderator left me some wrong comments (which spoil my name). Maybe I did that myself very long ago, but after my warning, I have not done any such thing. Check my records. How come moderators can still say such things to me?

  2. I tried asking about this on the site meta, but my question there was closed and deleted.

  3. I also discovered that the moderator in question was talking about my activites in public, not in private. I think that this is a rude thing for someone with moderator powers to do. Moderators shouldn't do wrong things.

I'm feeling a little powerless... 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 give a link to the question and answer you're talking about, it might help people understand your issue a little better. –  beska Nov 6 '09 at 16:47
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because it got deleted . –  joe Nov 6 '09 at 16:48

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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. The levels of moderation on the trilogy are (from highest to lowest):

  • Developers - Stack Exchange developer team
  • Community team
  • Diamond Moderators - Selected by community and listed in the About page of each site.
  • 10K Moderators - Gained 10k reputation and access to moderation utilities.

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.


As for my actions in the specifics of this one case:

  • I make mistakes. Period.
  • I respond to flags by users. Sometimes these are wrong and I rectify them.
  • I am held responsibile firstly by the community, secondly by Jeff and company.

As for my comment:

I have e-mailed you directly in the past with regards to interaction on the site. I have patiently edited questions and answers to help make them better and assist with the language barrier. Progress is made for a few days. Then the flags start. Users complain and we investigate. 90% of the time there is a problem. The circle starts again. However

After discussion with Jeff, there will be no further action. I have reversed my comment and the lock, and will not intervene further.

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I would imagine, especially on the smaller StackExchange sites, that contacting another diamond moderator is likely to be no better than contacting the offending moderator. I have no moderator experience myself, but I don't think it beyond reasonable to think that they would have each other's backs in most circumstances. I know I'm not always a shining example of how one should conduct themselves in the community, but when I see a moderator exhibiting distasteful (read immature, holier-than-thou, etc.) behavior in the public eye, it makes me irate. –  crush Mar 18 at 13:05

The Super User question, Change MAC Address showed an edit by you that was nothing more than adding in blank lines.

Feeling that this was just an abuse of your edit level, as it's something that you do often and others have seen you do a lot (prime example/offense noted in these comments), it was flagged for that highlighted reason.

Diago then stepped in and issued the warning and locked down the entire question. Perhaps it would have been better had he just locked down your answer instead. Wanted to upvote his comment, but being locked, wasn't able to. It was a stern, to the point, and clear comment.

Either way, it's hard to see how with you having an answer posted and then you bumping up the question for no good reason didn't seem like serving your own self-interest in trying to attract more upvotes on your answer.

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do you know when its happen ? thats happen very long back when i am doing some funny things . Now i got warned and i am not doing anything like that.. How come You are saying like this NOW . I know because of you Diago started –  joe Nov 7 '09 at 0:22
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One month back isn't that long. Even on the internet. But yes, people do learn and improve (hopefully). But bumping up notice on what you did just before made the flagging happen. –  random Nov 7 '09 at 0:32
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You wanted to know why what happened happened. It's been explained. Okay, so it was something you did a month ago, correction noted. You wanted an explanation also on the reason for it being locked down, the trigger was also explained. –  random Nov 7 '09 at 0:39

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