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What do all these things that a moderator can do mean? [duplicate]

Recently, I saw a bunch of images showing what a mod can do. I'm just wondering, what do the options mean? For example, what's the difference between "destroy" and "delete" a user? And what's ...
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How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

What circumstances can cause a question or answer to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? How can a post be deleted? When can't I delete my own post? Can I still see my post even after it's ...
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How should chat user and content removals be handled?

When a user requests deletion on a Q&A site, the resulting process will delete their profile page and all associated content, and subsequently anonymize all of their posts and comments (except for ...
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When an account is deleted how much of personal data is retained about the account?

When an account is deleted does it retain any personal information about the user so that a later recovery be possible (some sort of logic delete like for deleted answers) or is it a physical (...
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Generic-ize a user's name when their account is destroyed

After destroying a user, their name cannot be changed. Here are some examples: Unique ID of Android device ICustomTypeDescriptor, TypeDescriptionProvider, TypeConverter, and UITypeEditor (only ...
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Are spam answers ever deleted permanently?

Note: This is a different question to Are answers ever deleted permanently? I just hit 10k rep on Pro Webmasters and as I browsed around the site tonight, I saw multiple spam answers (just links to ...
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"Destroy" suspended accounts?

Once accounts reach a certain reputation threshold, the account can no longer be destroyed by the moderator. However, that restriction seems to be circumventable by first suspending the user (which ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What causes Community to destroy non RA or spam-flagged questions?

On Politics, a troll used to like to spam some weird question about urbanization and homicide in South America or some similar incoherent nonsense. Looking through some deleted questions in moderation ...
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How "complete" can the deletion of SE accounts be?

How complete can the deletion of SE accounts be? Would the SE database still keep some of the user data? More specifically: email addresses that were used for logging in; IP addresses; activity ...
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Does deleting an account delete the associated posts and comments?

Suppose user X wants her account deleted. She has answered a bunch of questions and participated in several comment threads. Suppose the account is deleted; will the associated answers and comment ...
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Is Community♦ more eagerly auto-deleting than it should?

Today, Community♦ deleted this question. (10K only, obviously) That's good, if you wonder. The question didn't add any value to the site. But, as far as I could determine (my search-fu is weak, so I ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in [Stack Exchange land](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_Time)... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange ...
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