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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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SE has more that it's share of a*holes - I just asked them to delete my account. There are alternates to this place: USENET, IRC, Reddit and other forums. Best way to tackle moderator abuse IMHO is to LEAVE. You can't be a king of an empty kingdom. – Vek.M1234 Apr 16 at 13:03
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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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