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Are Mods on all sites aware of and able to handle the mass defacing/deletion attempts by users unhappy with the OpenAI announcement?

Phrasing it in the form of a question, since I really don't know the answer, but there's a pretty big issue going on right now with users (at least 20 so far that I've seen) defacing and/or deleting ...
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Does a moderator have unlimited power to moderate their site? [closed]

If I moderated a site, could I fill it with my own sock puppet accounts, prefilled Q&A with subtly wrong answers, and delete only constructive comments (without telling comment authors their ...
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What should be done about "push moderation"? [closed]

A loaded question or "push question" is a question designed to advance a certain position, such as "Why is C++ better than Rust?" Although this may be a good question with good ...
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"A year in moderation" posts should include number of edited comments

Comments can be edited by moderators. The linked post mentions that changes are logged to prevent abuse, and suggests that moderators should do it "almost never". There is no visible trace ...
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Changing how community leadership works on Stack Exchange: a proposal and rough timeline

For nearly fifteen years, Stack Exchange community leadership has taken a very simple form: there is the community-at-large, and there are moderators elected by ranked-choice voting. This system is ...
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Is the term "Indian spammer" offensive?

I recently encountered a post here on Meta Stack Exchange that was worded very similarly to a poorly-received post by a now-suspended user. I flagged the post as relating to a likely sock-puppet of ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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When is it OK for site moderators to go against the consensus established by their community? And when should such a decision be overturned?

Last year in particular I made a few gambles as a moderator by establishing new policies on the local meta without first gathering community consensus. However, every time I found my policies ...
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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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What is Stack Exchange doing to fundamentally fix the recent and ongoing chat disruption through serial starring of messages?

Many chatrooms right now have someone or something methodically starring every single recent message, disrupting the starboard messages and making stars effectively useless because they're on every ...
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Could altering the level of reputation required to view and comment on deleted answers improve people's trust in the impartiality of the site?

I believe that trust in this platform and the quality and impartiality of the information it provides is very important. For this question, my assumption is that one of the things we want to do is to ...
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When discussing in chat about an alleged CoC violation, is it ok to link to the post containing the alleged CoC violation? If not, how to discuss it?

When discussing in the chat about an alleged CoC violation, is it ok to link to the post containing the alleged CoC violation? If not, how to publicly discuss the alleged CoC violation? Motivation of ...
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How should a user who writes a chat message that is deemed in violation of the Code of Conduct be disciplined? [duplicate]

If a user writes a chat message that is deemed a violation of the code of conduct, should they receive a chat suspension, an account suspension, or both?
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Does Stack Exchange have Inter-Community Mechanisms to Prevent Repercussions Against Contributors Who Fairly Challenge a Deeply-Held Community Belief?

Stack Exchange is a great Q&A site and often provides satisfying answers in a way that other curated platforms, such as Wikipedia, cannot. Underpinning this platform is a community. Community ...
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What's the action when a site has no moderation activity? [duplicate]

On the site I am referring to there are three moderators, one has not been active for more than a month, another announced that he/she is leaving his/her position, and the third, I think, shows no ...
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How can a mod undelete a question if they have already cast an undelete vote before becoming a mod?

Assume that a user cast an undelete vote on a post. The user later became a mod and now wants to use their mod powers to undelete that post. How can they do so?
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Is "spoon-feeding" banned like it is "help vampire"?

As an ESL, low proficient speaker moderator of an English-only site, I frequently take terms and phrases from the Stack Overflow blog and Meta Stack Exchange and the link sources. Is "spoon-...
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As of August 2023, is [email protected] still an active email address for reaching out to the SE Team?

I am trying to reach out to the SE team regarding a site moderation issue, but my message text exceeds the contact form’s 5000-character limit. According to this 2019 post, "Compare methods of ...
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How can I get the purpose of a specific Stack Exchange site so as ensure that I am posting to the appropriate site?

I posted a question to an SE site that I thought was perfectly appropriate. It got a few answers and comments and then was migrated to another site. Reason:"Off topic". At the migrated site, ...
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Does the company acknowledge misusing the press, and why won't it agree on a no-comment policy?

As people continue to comment trying to get me on their side about what is right or wrong to do (and probably voting based on that) I am sadly forced to add this notice to point out what I assumed was ...
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If SE introduces system-generated answers, how to fit them into SE's question and answers model

This question is meant to be constructive in tone, not another channel to start debates or express opinions or frustrations on what happened around AI in the past weeks. (There are plenty, more ...
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Can we have a follow-up to "GPT on the platform: Data, actions, and outcomes"?

In answers to GPT on the platform: Data, actions, and outcomes there's been criticism about the methodology. As the policy about suspensions and the strike is now ongoing for more than 30 days, can we ...
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Why don't moderators test their AI content detection abilities?

In How can we determine whether an answer used ChatGPT? (SO specific; it might be different for other sites), moderators initially didn't disclose how they detect AI generated content, probably in ...
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What is needed for users to trust the Stack Exchange company?

As one of the "curators" on strike I follow as much of the conversations and progress as I can. I again and again encounter the trust issue, which is a festering wound that seems to be ...
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Does the strike letter oppose AI?

In a discussion which I will not link, because it has already generated far more heat than light, multiple users appear to be claiming that the strike letter stands for a blanket opposition, either to ...
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What happened to the Moderator Council?

The Moderator Council was introduced with some fanfare in 2020 in the aftermath of the Monica Cellio controversy, but I hear it is no longer active. What activities did it engage in (if any) and what ...
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How accurately could one differentiate between simple copy & paste of AI generated content and improved and fact checked AI generated content?

This question is concerned with finding possible middle grounds in the ongoing debate about banning and detecting AI generated content, so it will probably get criticized from all sides. I'm prepared. ...
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Moderation Strike update: Data dumps, choosing representatives, GPT data, and where we’re holding

Update On August 2nd, 2023, negotiations between community representatives and representatives of the company concluded with an agreement being reached. The details of the agreement can be found at ...
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Why aren't all moderation policies made public?

I read this comment written by Meta Andrew T.: "I thought moderation policies were supposed to be public." just want to mention that mods also have their own mod-only help pages which have ...
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If SE won't allow heuristics to identify AI, how does it plan on stopping spam-profile accounts boosted by AI posts?

I've now seen more than 2,000 posts that I suspect are AI on Stack Overflow alone. I've flagged over 1,200 of these. The remainder were already handled, handled under one of the other flags, or in ...
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Moderators do not (and never did) rely blindly on automatic GPT detector tools

A recent statement from the SE company to the press suggests that company spokespeople (the CEO or whoever writes his statements) believe that moderators have been relying on ChatGPT detection tools ...
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

The VP of Community for SE gave the following statement to the press: Stack Overflow ran an analysis and the ChatGPT detection tools that moderators were previously using have an alarmingly high rate ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Fix the misleading parts of the new policy on AI-authored content and feature it

SE has decreed a new policy on how moderators are allowed to handle, or not handle AI-authored content: What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? This has very wide-reaching ...
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How is SE justifying the new AI policy?

Yes, the new AI policy is bad. However, on top of that, I am not convinced the company has any right1 to try to impose it. The first thing claimed in the Tour page of all sites is (emphasis mine): $...
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Please don't allow computer-generated content

I've already posted here my argument that the new "policy" by Stack Exchange violates their legal obligations and thus is invalid. This is a separate appeal to all of the moderators across ...
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Please follow your own policies on making new policies

Your policy on making policies is crystal-clear: Stack Exchange, Inc. agrees that it will: [...] Post previews for review of all new official policies in the Moderators Teams instance with the policy ...
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Are there some ways to prevent abuse from moderators? [duplicate]

I don't know why, but I got my account suspended for 1 month for allegedly voting myself, but I don't remember doing that in the last 1.5 years roughly speaking. The only reason I voted for myself ...
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Use of strong words, modifiers, and hyperbole in per-site meta post titles disputing something

This is a follow-up of How should mods of per-site-meta with low / slow participation handle posts that if posted here will be negatively received?. The answer to that question said "there is a ...
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What does "company's moderators" mean?

In the recent Wired article, "Stack Overflow Will Charge AI Giants for Training Data", there is the following statement: Chandrasekar says a spike in inaccurate answers following the ...
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards? [closed]

I have noticed that dozens of old questions have been recently unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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How should mods of per-site-meta with low / slow participation handle posts that if posted here will be negatively received?

TL;DR: I'm a moderator in Web Applications, and I was elected in 2020. When I have considered to take a tough decision, like suspend a user, I have discussed it privately. One of my major concerns is ...
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Add a help-center link to "In need of moderator intervention" in the question flagging menu

In the flagging menu (see bottom for reference), almost every single category has a link to a clarifying help center entry. The only exceptions are: Duplicates (which has a comprehensive submenu ...
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Last modification by Community user, but actually not [duplicate]

The last modification here was done by Journeyman Geek (mod): But for some reason, in the question list, the last modification is stated to be by Community (actually a currently deleted user): Is ...
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What happens if I flag posts as "trash"? [closed]

What happens if I flag as "In need of moderator intervention" and then type "trash"? What kind of posts should I flag as "trash"?
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What about the introduction of a new feature which raises the requirement for moderators to close questions from experienced users? [closed]

There were already similar questions back here in 2011 here in 2009 respectively. However, this issue must be raised again in slightly different manner because the SO platform functionality has ...
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Don't notify all moderators for flags on "move comments to chat" chatroom

Sometimes when there are too many comments under a question or answer, the moderator will move all comments to chat, which means creating a chatroom and moving all comments to that chatroom. If ...
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What is the authority of moderators in defining the scope of a site?

Please read this as a neutral question. I'm asking and not trying to make a point. Though I'll start with a rant (for context)... I recently ran into a situation that I found quite disheartening on ...
Philip Couling's user avatar
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2022: 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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Is it acceptable for moderators to legislate new policies?

A while back, in their Meta Stack Exchange post Moderators are Police Officers, not Politicians, anonymous2 mentioned regarding ♦ moderators: Our job is to enforce the law, not to define it. If a ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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Feedback request: Proposed new flagging and moderation workflow for plagiarism

UPDATE We've built and will be releasing a plagiarism flag on 22 March 2023 (on SO only). For more info, see this MSO post - Plagiarism flag and moderator tooling launching to Stack Overflow A while ...
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Moderation in the community: How can we determine what is right and wrong? [closed]

I have seen a very particular situation: Usually in the SO community chat and site, the users and moderators indicate that the moderation of the site is carried out relatively by the "Community&...
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