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Questions tagged [moderation]

This tag is for questions dealing with moderator actions, pages, abilities or decisions.

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Please update “theory of moderation” links in light of the new blog post

The user page listing moderators (example) links to the blog post "A Theory of Moderation" from 2009. This post has now been augmented with Our Theory of Moderation, Re-visited. In the interests of ...
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Understanding risks of logging into Stack Exchange sites from a shared computer or network

What are the risks of logging in from a shared computer? What about on a shared network, but on a personal laptop? I have, in many cases, wanted to log in from a shared computer or shared network, ...
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Can the tour page be reformed and can moderators be allowed to fine-tune it?

Before anything, this should be made clear: I am not currently a moderator on any Stack Exchange sites; most of what I will be proposing here is based on statements I myself have read from moderators (...
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Moderators… on Cross Validated [duplicate]

Suppose there is a question, "How to get started with applying item response theory and what software to use?" Suppose the top-rated answer cites my name and work a couple of times. Suppose all ...
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Could information about my votes be used against me by moderators?

Recently one post was deleted (not mine) on https://ru.meta.stackoverflow.com/ as inappropriate. But before deletion I've up-voted it. I can't share the full conversation with moderators, but they ...
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How can I remove a (down)vote that I accidentaly made [duplicate]

I noticed that I have accidentally casted a down-vote, and now it is locked for removal. I noticed this by my reputation gain not being equal to a multiple of 5 and when I looked it up (I thought ...
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Is it possible to retrieve comments deleted by a moderator?

I believe a moderator inappropriately deleted some of my comments. I have about 5K reputation there, and I am quite aware of the rules of Stack Exchange (SE) in general. My comments were ...
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Let mods flag comments (without deleting them)

There are at least two use cases when moderators really need to flag comments: when the comments to be flagged are on their own posts (e.g. someone tells a mod to go get lost under their own post) ...
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Stack Exchange bots, created by a moderator, are creepy and violate the CoC

A moderator has various bots that capture a bunch of comments, and these comments land up in various rooms that are in plain view of the community. I think this tactic is creepy surveillance and ...
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When are questions which build upon each other considered duplicates?

Each Stack Exchange site caters to a mix of experts and novices. This means that some (expert) questions presuppose knowledge which is being asked about in other (novice) questions. In other words, we ...
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Want ability to flag comment for the author, rather than moderators, to notice

Occasionally, I write a comment about an answer or question; then the author makes an edit, telling me "@einpoklum: see edit" or something similar. At this point, and if my comment is not otherwise ...
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Dealing with highly sensitive personal information in a post

Recently, I found a user had posted a complete copy of their credit card magstripe in a question on Security SE. As I did not have 2k rep on that site at the time I could not force an edit to hide the ...
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Could we extend the consequences of rude comments to the network level?

In the vein of the inclusion project, and the long list of posts about rude comments being a network wide issue... Could we perhaps extend the consequences of rude comments to the network level? ...
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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Does reviewing queues have any gains for me as a Stack Overflow user?

Due to my reputation on Stack Overflow, I have access to different review queues. I want to know if it will change my score/reputation or if it will only provide me some badges? Maybe this part seems ...
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User gets chat-banned and has a bot. What happens to the bot?

Lets say a user uses chat and has a nice bot account. He legitimately earned rep on that bot and uses it to do something like evaluate math expressions in a chat room. The main user gets chatbanned ...
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Are there different rules for comments in meta?

Some moderators on some sites are very... religious in purging any comment on any post that isn't asking for clarification or directly suggesting an improvement. These very same moderators are also ...
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Is clearing pending close votes with diamond power / gold tag badge power considered abuse? [duplicate]

Recently, I saw a moderator on Android Enthusiasts telling folks to stop voting to close a question. The mod was clever to find out that the question is actually on topic, and I added that the title ...
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Improving a Stack Exchange site, but with limited rep

I have limited reputation (less than 1k) and can only: Ask question Answer question flag content edit content vote to close / re-open / delete questions What else can I do in order to improve a ...
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Can moderators handle flags cast on their own content?

I was wondering what happens in the case content posted by moderators is flagged for some reason. I did some research but missed in finding some information on those cases. It is true that, being a ...
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To what extent should a moderator investigate a flag?

If a user posts a flag, stating that a post is inflammatory, to what extent should the moderator investigate said post? Should they perform any research to confirm that there is or is not any such ...
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Why are there private instructions for moderators, and where can we see them?

In this thread on meta.academia.se it emerged that apparently SE has "(not public) guidance to moderators" which regulates aspects such as how to behave with regard to suspensions (bans). Is this ...
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What's the reputation minimum to see “in need of moderator intervention” questions/answers?

In Stack Exchange, there are elected moderators and moderators by reputation. But the second kind is pretty relative, as there are 9 different reputation levels for "moderation" priviledges. The flag ...
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What is the official SE process/procedure for handling abuse disclosures?

I've come to understand that on the rare occasions when someone posts an abuse disclosure to a Stack Exchange site that they're handled similarly to suicidal posts. I've heard that there's a pretty ...
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What should I do in cases where someone blindly upvotes all posts in a tag?

I'm a moderator on Literature Stack Exchange. Today, someone flagged a case of possible serial voting. I took a look at it, and after a while, determined that it was someone who had gone through a tag ...
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Some links in emails do not work if the user is not logged in

I received an email from the moderation team. At the end it stated: This email was sent from an unmonitored account. Do not reply directly to this email; if you feel this message is incorrect, ...
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Should Mods be allowed to affect questions they are related to?

I saw an instance where I voted to flag a question as off topic. Now, I am not sure, but I think that a Moderator, who might have asked/answered/commented on the question, stopped/removed(?) the flag. ...
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Can we nuke a Beta and start again?

Disclaimer The following case-study is just my opinion and not something the Beta site in question has decided upon. I want to know whether such course of action is in theory possible before ...
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Please give the moderators option to revoke the privilege for commenting

Doing this, the mods could stop a user from posting harmful comments, without having to resort more drastic measures (typically, giving temporary suspension). It could serve also as an intermediary ...
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Issue between a moderator and another user [duplicate]

I ran across a discussion recently about whether or not a moderator should be modifying the content of an answer. In this example, content was removed but the author of the answer disagreed with the ...
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Would more-heavily involved moderation bots be beneficial to Stack Exchange?

Quora has bots that do a lot of moderation, such as: auto-question-tagging, marking questions as "needs improvement," auto-question-merging, auto-answer-collapsing, and even auto-question-editing (...
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Revisit the ruling on vulgar language?

While we merrily close questions asking about profanity and vulgar language usage on Stack Exchange as duplicates of Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites? the ...
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A question about the site's terms and condition and experts' viewpoint of a good question [closed]

I'm definitely going to sound rude to the experts who are actually trying to help solve problems here and I'm really sorry if you feel like I'm being disrespectful but the question is definitely not ...
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Reporting a poster planning to commit a crime

Someone just posted a (hopefully bad-taste joke) question on maximizing the damage of a school shooting to Academia.SE (since deleted). I flagged for moderator attention, but this made me wonder: Is ...
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How can we get moderator's help?

We just got a question on Academia SE (now deleted). Obviously, it's an abusive question. At the time it happened, there was no on-site moderator available. It took 11 minutes and ten downvotes and ...
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When will a post be deleted on request?

I had a not-too-interesting answer on Stack Overflow, which was closed as duplicate after some clarification by OP. After a day or so, OP (a ~700 reputation user) started complaining that the ...
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Chat moderation tools are insufficient for combatting star spam

Lately in The Nineteenth Byte (I know, it's always us), we've been dealing with an issue where one or more users have decided that spamming stars on every recent message is funny. While moderators and ...
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How to deal with an answer deleted and reintroduced in order to got rid of down-votes?

Here's the situation: User provides a lengthy answer which is moderately down-voted by the community Hoping to get rid of the doom of down-votes, user deletes the answer and introduces a new one, ...
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How to be a good reviewer?

TLDR: My thoughts about dealing with low quality content in scope of limited resources, like edits and flags. Introduction (this is long and perhaps little boring, so you may skip directly to The ...
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Should users be able to downvote a moderator's action? [duplicate]

It is apparent to me that the moderators aren't really moderated. I have read many articles where moderators get overzealous in their quest to have "perfect" information. It's like some kind of cult ...
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Should moderators be able to view deleted posts across network? [duplicate]

When dealing with a problematic user, it is beneficial to be able to see if they have behaved badly in general. Especially in the case of spammers, one of the greatest indicators that a post is ...
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Should I do anything about a user posting their mobile number on their About Me?

I recently visited a user's profile page and noticed that they have posted their mobile number on the "About Me" section. In my opinion, this isn't the kind of personal information that should be ...
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Do moderators have too much power? [duplicate]

Lewis Namier once remarked: Although we know that most men's actions are conditioned by factors other than reason, in practice we have to assume their rational character. Does Namier’s assumption ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Whenever the topic of a suspended user crops up, there's often confusion about what information moderators ought to share and what they should keep private. Sometimes moderators are just as unsure as ...
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Sock-puppeting and multiple accounts [duplicate]

There's a probability I've made a mistake as Stack Exchange moderator, and I just want to understand if it is indeed the case. So I've noticed that a particular user keeps posting quite low-...
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What can I do if some moderators delete my comments improperly? [duplicate]

There are many good moderators but the others just delete comments without any reason. At least, they don't show reasons why they delete them. It's quite unfair. Is there any rule to handle this ...
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User requests their own question be removed due to sensitive information

I have a question that has been flagged by the asker for removal because they say it contains private information that shouldn't be in the public domain. However they don't specify what elements they ...
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May a moderator be part of something she is moderating?

I am used to moderators always staying away of issues they are moderating. They may have something to say about it but never do so at the same article/thread/question/item they are moderating. Is ...
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What is the guidance for using “Standard Flags?”

I recently flagged a question with a custom flag reason, explaining in detail why I thought it should be closed (I don't have close privileges on the site in question). My flag was rejected with the ...
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Is it possible to ask moderators to deliberately suspend one's account for an specified time?

After seeing this profile, This question came to my mind. Does there exist a way to ask moderators to suspend your account up to a certain date? FOR EXAMPLE because one has become addicted and can'...