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I notice that there's a lot of moderators who are pretty comfortable with deleting other user's content. And there are other users who have piped up about it.

Community internet sites should not have moderators, and in no case should censor posts -- except for the most profane + inane (both together). Disgruntled users who do not like a post have the power to ask for clarification if there's disagreement. That is the adult way, not deletion, which has been both petty and academically irresponsible on Stack Exchange.

The other answers are insufficient because they answer the question from the point of view that fault from the user has already occurred or from a pseudo-guilty party, answered on behalf of disgruntled users. I will review, however.

<sarcasm>Perhaps there should be a "Censor" badge after the user has deleted a sufficient number of posts (1 maybe)?</sarcasm>

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    What positive behaviour would that badge encourage? – yannis Mar 5 '17 at 15:11
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    Are you saying that the other badges are for encouraging positiive bahavior or that deleting posts is not positive behavior? – Marxos Mar 5 '17 at 15:12
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    So, you want to give a mod a badge just for doing their job? Not sure how this benefits the site or why we should have moderator only badges. – Catija Mar 5 '17 at 15:12
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    ... @yannis deleting bad posts (not an answer answers, for example) is a good behavior. – Catija Mar 5 '17 at 15:13
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    It sounds like you're angry that mods (or high rep users) have deleted something. The phrase "pretty comfortable" implies you think they shouldn't be. The role of mods and high rep users is to remove material that doesn't belong, and those who aren't comfortable with it shouldn't be in the role. I think rather than suggesting a sarcastic badge, you should ask why certain material was deleted, so you can understand the site better. Such a question probably belongs on the meta of the site where the deletions happened, not here. – Kate Gregory Mar 5 '17 at 15:18
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    No mod should ever delete a post just because they disagree with it. If that's the case, you should be addressing that, not posting a veiled rant about mods deleting your posts. – Catija Mar 5 '17 at 15:18
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    Possible duplicate of A badge that rewards "prophetic" downvoting – gnat Mar 5 '17 at 20:33
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    @Marxos Passive-aggressive suggestion of badges in response to conflict is not a good strategy. If you believe something was wrongly deleted (sure, it happens sometimes), open a direct and polite discussion on the appropriate meta, or bring it up reasonably in chat, and be prepared to handle the possibility of a non-ideal outcome gracefully. One good approach is to ask why it was deleted first, before getting into reasons why you believe it should not have been. This will not only help you here, but in dealing with conflict in general. – Jason C Mar 5 '17 at 20:41
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    If you want a site without moderation, you'll have to go somewhere else. Your ideas are incompatible with the SE model. SE sites in general are heavily moderated, by design. – Mad Scientist Mar 5 '17 at 22:19
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    @JasonC how exactly a dupe?? OP knows how deletion works, they just suggest it will give a badge. I'm totally against this request, but it's not duplicate of anything. – Shadow Mar 5 '17 at 22:23
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    @Marxos SE's model has been highly successful to date. (It's super weird that you're somehow expanding this to a US thing, btw.) You're upset, and you're being passive-aggressive. Nobody is judging you for that, so just be real and own it here. Stop complaining, and don't pretend your badge suggestion was anything other than a thinly veiled rant. If you have an issue with SE's moderation model then feel free to bring it up in a post, but state it clearly instead of hiding behind a snarky badge request. If you can form your argument properly, people will engage. – Jason C Mar 5 '17 at 22:34
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    "Show me where some MIT professors are using AcademiaSE" -- academia.stackexchange.com/users/5912, academia.stackexchange.com/users/57814, academia.stackexchange.com/users/6309, and that's just from a 5 second cursory search of people who actually wrote it in their profiles. "Thank you." -- You're welcome. – Jason C Mar 5 '17 at 22:46
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    Hey everyone! Obviously there's some frustration here. Maybe we can all take a break, grab a refreshing beverage, take a walk around the block, etc. @Marxos: I'm closing this question because it seems as if it's a criticism of the system rather than an actual suggestion. If you really mean it as a feature request, maybe we can edit it to explain the benefit you hope sites (and their users) will gain from the badge? – Jon Ericson Mar 5 '17 at 23:02
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    @Marxos: I'm getting a HTTP 500 trying to visit that site. I am interested in reading criticism of Stack Exchange. That said, it's hard to take a criticism seriously if it relies on sarcasm rather than a reasoned argument. – Jon Ericson Mar 5 '17 at 23:14
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    @Marxos uh, "preaching to the choir" would be trying to teach people who already know and agree with what you're going to teach. Do you mean something like "preaching to a stampeding buffalo" (that's a translation of a Malayalam idiom) – muru Mar 6 '17 at 1:13
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I'm taking this a bit seriously and ignoring the rant-ish and frustrated tone. I don't think this is a good idea, because

  1. All of the acts of moderation are voluntary, but some actions require more diligence and prudence, especially those with more serious consequences. I would oppose a badge awarded for suspending people, although it's usually necessary to give perpetrators a timeout. I would oppose a badge solely for deletion for this very reason.
  2. There are already mod-only badges, awarded for each year of service. Considering most work mods do involves deleting bad content, that makes this badge a bit redundant.
  3. The badge name. Do we really need to discuss this?

You seem a bit heated about deletion of one/some of your posts. If so, this is not the way to make a point. You should address the deletion of the post(s) in the related per-site meta, in accordance with the "Be Nice" policy, of course.

  • Wow, I have to admit, even in passing, a badge for suspending people really puts all the terrible badge suggestions in perspective: that might be the single worst idea I can imagine possible on SE. Super-glad that was not serious at all. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 5 '17 at 22:55
  • (point 3) Apparently, YOU moderators need to discuss it. Because that is exactly what DELETING other posts is -- unless you're trying to create a personal BLOG. You know, a site about one's personal views. – Marxos Mar 5 '17 at 23:27
  • I take issue with tje second part of your point 2. If a moderator is spending the majority of his time deleting bad content - he isn't doing it right. A moderator should be encouraging good content, deletion should be a small minority of his time. – Chenmunka Mar 6 '17 at 10:38
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    @Marxos I'm not a mod, just a user that is thankful of mods because of the voluntary work they do for free although angry users yell at them everyday at different metas. – M.A.R. Mar 6 '17 at 17:38
  • @Chen -- Well, it is true that the most impact an average mod is making is by deleting bad comments, NAA's etc. – M.A.R. Mar 6 '17 at 17:39
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    @Chenmunka What do you expect a moderator to be doing to encourage good content? All of the members of the community submit content that they (hopefully) think is useful, trusted community members are also given tools to deal with certain types of problems and other unhelpful content on their own. When there is a problem, something that the community cannot handle on its own, or a dispute of some sort, a moderator steps in to resolve the situation. That's their job. It's your average non-moderator community member who's there to contribute useful content, not mods. – Servy Mar 6 '17 at 21:04
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Ignoring any undertone in this suggestion, I'd support if this could be handed out for non-mods as well. I'd be delighted to get a badge for deleting posts. On Ask Ubuntu, where I'm not a moderator, I spent a lot of time casting delete votes (something like 3700 so far), and most of these posts end up being deleted. We get badges for review queues, but there is no review queue purely for deleting. I cast most of my delete votes outside the review queues, patrolling the active questions. It would be nice to see that activity recognised some way. :)

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    I think the idea is that by the time you can delete things you don't really need to be encouraged with a shiny object, but then again, shiny object. – davidism Mar 5 '17 at 16:11
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    Oooooooo shiny! – Robert Columbia Mar 5 '17 at 22:48

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