How can I interact with a moderator?
- what specific actions are available for interacting with moderators, and
- how (literally, which page do I go to, what do I click on, etc) to perform these?
- I am relatively new (month or so) as a stackexchange.com contributor (but have been reading the site for years)
- I am enjoying using the site and using it more (asking/answering questions), and things generally work fine...
- However, I am admittedly not clear on the process (or what the options are) when questions don't quite meet guidelines, etc
Example 1: One of my first questions on stackexchange.com was closed by a moderator for being too generic. The explanation message advised me to edit the question to make it more specific, which I did. I then (perhaps incorrectly?) assumed my revised question would be reviewed and the question accepted/re-opened, but I did not receive any further updates (no notifications that my edits had been reviewed, no follow-up guidance/explanation on why the question still wasn't acceptable/how to fix this, etc). I made several comments trying to attract moderator attention but there did not seem anything else I could do
Example 2: More recently, I posted a well-received question and answer. A community member suggested some minor stylistic changes (e.g. changing .ps1 -->
.ps1) which I thought were helpful, so accepted. Today, I received another edit notification, however upon checking it, I noticed the editor had removed the reference to the O/S (Windows), which I thought was useful to keep. I thought it best to reject the change for now, but then noticed it was done (and so already approved) by a moderator. I don't have a massive problem with their edit, but it would be helpful to be able to discuss the change with them (e.g. if for example, it's better not to reference the O/S, then I should probably know that for future), but again, I am not quite sure how I can initiate this conversation.
My specific questions are:
- Does stackexchange.com have any kind of 'IM' system (i.e. the ability to send a message to a specific user and ask them a question?)
- If so, how do I use this? (I tried going to the moderator's profile but could not find any option to contact them)
- As part of my pre-question search, I read about references to 'chat' in a similarly-titled question. I briefly explored 'chat' (assuming I went to the right place) by clicking the 3rd link in the 1st column of the page footer, however I could only see 18 users / 6 rooms (i.e. only a tiny fraction of stackexchange.com users) and so I didn't quite understand the answer to that question / how I could use 'chat' for my purposes. I assume 'chat' is some kind of real-time, room-based messaging system (like IRC), is that right?
- If not / there is a way to 'chat' with anyone, how do I do this?
- Besides commenting and '@'ing users (which is not really appropriate in this context), what other options are there for messaging/interacting with specific users please?
- Are there any other processes for requesting review/interaction - e.g. if you disagree with an edit made, etc? (again, if so please provide instructions on how to do this please)
My aim here is not to 'start a row with a moderator' / 'take up moderator time with a debate about the proper use of the semicolon, etc'. Ultimately, it is about understanding how to interact with the respected individuals that help govern the site(s), as to-date my experience has been 100% 1-way and I am conscious that as I continue to use the site more-and-more, I want to make sure I know how to use the site fully to ensure I use the site well, understand and follow guidelines, etc. and avoid any negatives, such as having other questions closed in the future, or needing moderators to edit my questions for me, because I am still not clear on some of the guidelines.