A moderator initially sent a private message on Sept. 23 2014 to me, to which I then responded. I still haven't heard back and genuinely need a response, so what can I do? The system prevents me from writing again until a moderator replies.

  • How long ago since the last reply? Sep 27, 2014 at 7:56
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    @PatrickHofman I've updated my OP. Does it help?
    – user226001
    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:57

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Moderator messages are not really meant for discussions, in most cases there is only one message from a moderator, and maybe a reply from the user, and not more. The ability to reply is meant for clarifications, if necessary.

Moderators are not obliged to reply to any messages there, in many cases it would not be productive to do that. Such discussions e.g. about suspensions tend to get nowhere, or they escalate to insults. Discussing every suspension would simply waste moderator time.

This doesn't mean that moderators are ignoring users, or don't have to explain their actions. They must explain the issue and their actions, but that happens in the first moderator message. They are not required to engage in a back-and-forth discussion, it is enough to state their case once.

Some issues also belong in other places, if you want to e.g. challenge a specific rule this is about, it would belong on meta where the community can weigh in. Contacting Stack Exchange is also an option.


I think you should wait for response. No need to poke moderators again - they have lots of work without it - that is the reason why system prevents you to reply again until moderator replied.

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    It's been a few days now. How long is the expected time until reply? Sep 27, 2014 at 11:03

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