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What are responsibilities and duties of Moderators in Stack Overflow?

They always just say "Yes" or think themselves and do some actions to correct someone or tell someone who is wrong!

Is there misinterpretation that the people with more points are always right and newcomers with less points are wrong?

Sometimes I feel that there is an early judgment based on points they have already

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closed as not constructive by Shogging through the snow Jun 2 '11 at 18:15

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Sounds like you need a hug –  Shogging through the snow Jun 2 '11 at 18:12
    
Mmmm. Not really a feature-request. –  jmendeth Jun 2 '11 at 18:13
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:-) see.. all are cowards.. down voting and no comments. downvote will not reduce my creidt score :-) –  zod Jun 2 '11 at 18:13
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But seriously, is there a question here? Because I can't hug you over The Internet, no matter how much you need it. If you have a problem with something you've seen or done or have had done to you, you need to actually say what it is - links help too. –  Shogging through the snow Jun 2 '11 at 18:15
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I'm guessing it has something to do with my responses to his flag where he basically asked, through a flag, why he was downvoted: See his answer, and the comments (where I weighed in with my opinion.): stackoverflow.com/questions/6217065/… –  Lasse V. Karlsen Jun 2 '11 at 18:17
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@Shog see the -5 downvote. if some one is reducing others points there should be a comment. that should be mandatory.people have a tendancy to downvote again if it is already downvoted. but they should justify themselves why they do it. ? –  zod Jun 2 '11 at 18:18
    
@Lasse - No buddy you are not the exact reason .I have many -ve in my account..not only the one you posted. some of them i deserve for sure. some are not as per my thoughts –  zod Jun 2 '11 at 18:19
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There is no requirement that people leave a comment as to why they're downvoting it. I will agree that I think it is polite of them to do, after all, they can't expect me to improve if they don't tell me what they thought was wrong, but again, I can't force them to (this is non-moderator-me speaking) leave a comment. Demanding it is just confrontational and won't help. The best you, and I, can do is to post good content. Even so, good content will sometimes receive a downvote. It's just how it is. –  Lasse V. Karlsen Jun 2 '11 at 18:20
    
i like the last sentence :-) –  zod Jun 2 '11 at 18:21
    
I am very excited about how SO is managed . how the moderators jump into picture and how the entire thing related each other.Great design and thought. if i earn 50000 after 5 year can i be a part of SO :-) –  zod Jun 2 '11 at 18:23
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@zod Moderators nominate themselves and are elected by the community. I'm not sure how frequent elections are, but I'm guessing once a year or so. You can see some information on the last SO moderator election here. –  Anna Lear Jun 2 '11 at 18:26
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@LasseV.Karlsen: See what you got yourself into??? –  Won't Jun 2 '11 at 18:36
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@zod: complaining about down-votes in comments is... a bad habit. If you want to know what's wrong with your post, then ask. I delete down-vote whining on sight, and encourage others to do likewise - focus on the content and you'll be a lot happier. –  Shogging through the snow Jun 2 '11 at 18:52
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@zod, I am not a moderator; I am just a guy who (mostly) enjoys the benefits of StackOverflow. I was one of the downvoters. Call me a coward if you like, but when I see 80% rant and no clear question, I consider the post worth a downvote. Your opening question looked more rhetorical than genuine. My suggestion: before you hit the button to post, spend 20 minutes thinking about whether other people will want to help you, or if you are setting yourself up to be crucified. In case of the latter, it's worth improving the question. –  Mike Pennington Jun 2 '11 at 19:03
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Even moderators aren't ultimate authorities here on Stack Overflow; there's no teacher for this class, only a whole lot of students. If there is an ultimate authority, it's the opinion of the community, which is expressed in upvotes and downvotes. It's generally best to just take downvotes in stride: They happen, it's just two points, and it means someone in the community thought your answer needed work. If you do become a moderator one day, I hope you'll remember that mods are still just members of the community, and the community itself is the point. Don't try to make us kneel before Zod. –  Justin Morgan Jun 2 '11 at 19:16

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Please look at the blog entry.

Even with active community self-regulation, moderators occasionally need to intervene.

Moderators are human exception handlers, there to deal with those (hopefully rare) exceptional conditions that should not normally happen, but when they do, they can bring your entire community to a screaming halt — if you don’t have human exception handling in place.

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