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What recourse do I have if I believe a moderator has abused his privileges?

Is there anywhere or anyone to complain to about the behaviour of moderators? I've been "spoken" to offensively by a moderator, and I'm unhappy about it.

  • Was it something from this question? stackoverflow.com/questions/6061730/… – jzd May 20 '11 at 13:39
  • @jzd: Yes. I have sent an email to team@stackoverflow.com about it. – Marcin May 20 '11 at 13:44
  • @Cody Gray: Yeah, I guess this is a duplicate. – Marcin May 20 '11 at 13:45
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    No problem. It's not exactly the same question (that one implies a moderator has actually abused his privileges, you're just saying that you're unhappy), it just turns out that the answers are the same. – Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 13:52
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    Mine was the 5'th close vote (this is well covered in the other question). Note, team@stackoverflow receives a huge volume of e-mail, so give them a few days to get back to you. – Tim Post May 20 '11 at 13:59
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    @Tim: I'm only slightly unhappy about the closure of my question. My issue is that one of the mods was abusive. – Marcin May 20 '11 at 14:03
  • @Marcin: I thought I was being an "arrogant prick?" – user1228 May 20 '11 at 14:52
  • @Will: You were. – Marcin May 20 '11 at 14:53
  • @Marcin: MOOOOOOM! WILL'S TOUCHING ME! – user1228 May 20 '11 at 15:02
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    @Will: You are a bully. You are being abusive. What you are doing is not clever, and it is not "big", which seems to be something you are very concerned with. – Marcin May 20 '11 at 15:04
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    @Marcin: Sorry, I was getting overwhelmed with the childishness of the whole thing. If I were a bully your account would be suspended. I'm just a bit of a jerk. – user1228 May 20 '11 at 15:07
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    @Marcin: btw, ignoring a polite request from a moderator (who was trying to keep you from getting 5 spam flags and -100 rep) and starting an edit war is usually reason enough to get suspended. Just sayin'. – user1228 May 20 '11 at 15:09
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    I understand @Will's point although I don't believe you were attempting to spam. Maybe for somebody with a similar issue posting a screenshot of the page in different browsers might be recommended/made official policy. – Belinda May 20 '11 at 15:56
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    @Marcin: Let me preface this by saying explicitly that I am not taking sides here. I don't even know what happened between you and Will. But I did see the question in question, and I can say that questions that include links back to one's personal website are very likely to get flagged as spam. And that would cost you some points. In fact, see this question from today about that very issue affecting another user. I often remove those links myself, intending to be helpful – Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 16:36
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    @Marcin: I'm not necessarily defending it, but it does happen. You wouldn't know that your question had been spam-flagged by others until it had been spam flagged by 6 others, enough for it to be automatically deleted. I don't know if your particular question was spam-flagged or not; I didn't happen to see it in the queue. But it's always a possibility. I agree that this makes it difficult to demonstrate things on the web. A screenshot can help, but I just thought I'd throw that out there as something to consider. – Cody Gray May 20 '11 at 16:42

Yes, there is. It's right here. You already found it!

Alternatively, if it's a sensitive issue that you'd prefer not be discussed out in the open, you can email team@stackoverflow.com about it, citing all relevant details, and someone will contact you in private. The advantage of that versus raising another moderator flag is that it's guaranteed to be handled by one of the Stack Overflow employees, rather than a community-elected moderator.

But please remember: moderators are people, too. They sometimes make mistakes and/or have temporary lapses in judgement. Just because they were harsh with you once or made a decision that you disagree with doesn't mean that they're bad moderators, that they'll hold a grudge against you, or even that they'll make the same decision a second time.

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    In fact, we can't even be guaranteed to make the same decision the first time thanks to our super spiffy quantum moderator tools. – Tim Post May 20 '11 at 13:57
  • I think this is a good rule to live by in life generally, online, as well as offline: no matter how perfect a person seems or pretends to be, never forget that human beings are flawed. Even the "perfect" ones. Given that, it's important to forgive sometimes, too. Sometimes, you just have to let things slide, especially the little ones (in the "grande scheme of things" sort of way). – user163250 Apr 16 '14 at 11:03
  • They do not respond to emails. – f470071 Nov 22 '15 at 14:17
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    They absolutely respond to emails, assuming that you've sent them an email worth responding to. If you start out being confrontational and insulting, I imagine you are less likely to get a response. – Cody Gray Dec 20 '16 at 11:38

Right here! If it's something you prefer not to be made public, you can always email team@stackoverflow.com.

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