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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.

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

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  • Are there similar email addresses for other forums of stack exchange? Jun 5 '20 at 16:13

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