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Why did the bountied questions increase so rapidly? [closed]

I don't get it, just yesterday, the bounties questions on Stack Overflow was about 50, and today, 500! Any ideas?
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Why was my Stack Overflow account deleted? [closed]

My account on Stack Overflow has been reset/removed for no apparent reason and I have no idea why. This was one of my old questions. Before yesterday, my account was perfectly fine and I did stuff ...
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With the UK now having two seemingly active versions of GDPR, at which age should a moderator consider a user underaged?

The FAQ on underage users states: Stack Exchange has decided to limit registration for all people in any EU member nation to users 16 or older, in order to ensure it remains compliant with the laws ...
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Survey for Moderators who step down

As Teresa shared on her announcement here on meta, we have finalized this survey and sent it to moderators who recently stepped down. We will be creating a Moderator offboarding process, including ...
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2020 Donation “Stack Gives Back” Opt out option

In future years, please provide an option to opt out of donations made on a moderators behalf. If you didn't fill out the form but were a moderator on the day the form was closed, a donation was ...
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Stack Gives Back 2019 vs 2018

How do the donations for 2019 compare to 2018? Personally I know that when that message came out this year, I was so disgusted with SE that I did not want any contributions coming from them on my ...
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Is posting doxxing information ever acceptable?

I would think the obvious answer here is no, but... Recently certain American politicians have been circulating some unsubstantiated doxxing information alleging to out a whistleblower. This has led ...
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Did this question require editing?

This question is already asked on local meta. I want answers based on experience of other sites. I could've asked in moderators team, but I prefer public sites whenever possible. Yes, I'm a moderator ...
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In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question?

I just ask out of curiosity... Question: In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question? How to calculate this: from Shog9's Chinese.SE 2019: a year in moderation: ...
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Please don't let Stack Exchange die [closed]

With the recent flow of moderator resignations, I am quite worried. I have no right to be as I myself have made a couple of trash questions in the past, but I just feel like a lot of people have a ...
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Why was the Community/Moderator hammer used on this question? [closed]

So there's this question How to stop Visual Studio (2019) from adding line on the end of file?, which clearly had some problems, but with patience and effort I was able to work through it in the ...
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Split the community and Community User statistics in “Year in Moderation” posts

In the annual statistics posted on Meta Stack Exchange (e.g. here) as well as each per-site Meta, moderation actions are aggregated into "Moderators" and "Community" columns, with the second caveated ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Am I really trusted to start using privileges as soon as I earn them?

In the latter part of 2019, I have seen my reputation skyrocket on several of our sites. I gained the 10k tools on multiple sites, and just recently gained my first "Protect Questions" privilege. I ...
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Are non-diamond staff subject to the community-elected moderators?

It has been mentioned in several places (for example here) that not all employees of Stack Exchange receive moderator diamonds on the sites. Are non-diamond staff subject to the regular community ...
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Do escalated voting fraud cases ever go anywhere?

A few months ago I reported an obvious case of serial voting, and a moderator said they escalated the incident to SE. Since then, deafening silence. Another user told me this would probably happen. ...
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What do I do with a very low quality Area 51 proposal?

Once every few weeks, I encounter a proposal on Area 51 that is obviously DOA. The proposal's scope is often nonsensical, overly broad, horrendously narrow, and/or covered well by existing sites on ...
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What is considered acceptable feedback?

In the past 48 hours, a question related to the specific wording of the Code of Conduct (archive link) went from being open to deleted, and its author was subject to a 7-day suspension. The topic of ...
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Are SE donations happening this year?

In previous years SE has reached out to moderators, offering to donate money on their behalf to charity. Is that continuing this year, or has it gone away? Reference to the process. Who picks to ...
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Policing gender expressions and pronouns

The current FAQ on pronouns says the following: 8. What if someone wants to be referred to as "the Great and Mighty One" or by an obscenity or something? If something is obviously unreasonable ...
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Blog comment moderation rules

Since my profile will be deleted in a few hours, this doesn't concern me, but the remaining people may be interested. We know the already famous post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/11/13/were-...
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My suggestion for Winter Bash 2019 was deleted for no reasons

Not a long time ago, there was an idea to create the "Reinstate Monica" hat. I've put that into action. After an hour of photoshopping, I got the result. And I posted it, with the title "Reinstate ...
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Warning potential new moderators?

Several moderators have left their positions. To the best of my knowledge there has been no attempt by SE to fill those missing volunteer positions. While I am currently a moderator on a small SE ...
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I downvoted someone's answer, and now they're leaving incorrect answers on all of my questions. What should I do? [closed]

Someone got upset and is following me around arguing in other questions' comments sections, and posting "answers" that are not actually answering the question that's asked. They won't move ...
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How do moderators decide how long to suspend users for?

There is a system-recommended procedure regarding suspensions on the network: Written warning 7-day suspension 30-day suspension 365-day suspension For example, on Music SE, this has ...
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Rename the Teachers' Lounge

I've always found the name of the Teachers' Lounge to be mildly condescending, as if those who inhabit it see themselves as holding a superior position over the common users. This isn't what was ...
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Why was the Weekly Day of Silence post deleted? [duplicate]

Why was the Weekly Day of Silence post deleted? It was an answer to the question Monica's situation continues unresolved, is SE hoping the problem just goes away?. The system didn't allow me to ...
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Why were multiple comments on the moderator process review post deleted?

The feedback post for the moderator review and reinstatement processes has been up for multiple days, and after refreshing my page this morning, I noticed that the majority of comments on the thread ...
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What can we do, as a community, to help make MSE a friendlier place again?

MSE is burning, there is fire everywhere. I'm terrified every time I write a question over here and I make myself ready for a fight every time I write an answer. I don't dare to look at comments or ...
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Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes

The Moderator review and reinstatement processes posted 21 October 2019 have been discussed with the moderators and the two posts below reflect the agreed process for removing or reinstating ...
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A call for emergency moderation/tools on the sites that most need it

Can the community team please allocate emergency moderators to fill in temporarily on the sites that are suffering from lack of moderation? The behaviour is becoming rotten and it's destroying the ...
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Can a duress code(s) be designed for the moderators to indicate type of coercion?

Can a system of duress codes be designed for the remaining moderators to signal if, when, and where from any directives are being forced on them? The post that prompted this was from StackOverflow's ...
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Monica's situation continues unresolved. Is SE hoping the problem just goes away?

This surfaced in the apology thread, but I believe it deserves more exposure. The apology thread was posted October 6th, 2019. In it, the idea was expressed that SE, the company, had done wrong by ...
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Why is no answer better than a bad one? [closed]

Before deleting my entire SE account, I just wanted to give you feedback in this specific case, even though you probably don't care for a non-power users opinion: https://stackoverflow.com/a/58374211/...
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Why do you stay?

As I read about the Monica controversy, part of me feels very disheartened. Clearly this community means something to people, the passion in the words I read affirms that for me. At the same time ...
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An update on my resignation notice

As promised, I'm on my way out. I am unsustainably exhausted after the past few weeks, and... it's time for me to go. I don't see another way. But I have some final thoughts, and I can't leave in ...
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Ask hard questions on the Moderator Questionnaire

The Stack Exchange Moderator Questionnaire is a routine part of the election process. It's a way for the community to gauge the candidates' fitness for the job; for voters to read a bit into who ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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Are the meta mods overwhelmed?

I have had a flag pending for 20+ hours now. In the past flags have always been handled in under an hour. I understand that the current turmoil is generating a LOT of work - abusive language is flying ...
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Disclose the discussion that started the current SE-moderators debate

Recently there was a discussion between the moderators and the SE staff that led to one moderator being fired and many other resigning as a protest. Unfortunately, all I could see was accusations ...
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A very recent post asking people to go “on strike” was just deleted

I was just reading a new post suggesting members go "on strike", i.e., stop moderation and similar type duties, for some period of time to get the attention of the SE staff. It was only on the site ...
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An open letter on the state of curation and moderation

As I write this, Meta burns with the falling dominoes of moderator resignations. I suspect we've not hit bottom yet, either. The meager response hasn't been too reassuring either. This isn't another "...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #9: How do we handle problem users?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio (transcript). Participants We are talking about ...
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Can a moderator lose moderation? [duplicate]

Can a moderator lose moderation privileges? Is it permanent? I have seen a moderator who was last active like 2 years ago but he is still a moderator. I don't want to mention them but will they stay ...
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Make it easier to retract questions altered by other people

When writing questions on Stack Exchange, sometimes the questions get altered or modified by moderators (to "make them better"). Sometimes, to such an extent that the final question bears little or no ...
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What flags *must* be handled by moderators?

What flags can only be handled by a moderator, as opposed to "community" action by non-moderator users?
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How do I flag/report problematic content on a user's profile page? [duplicate]

Suppose a user has no bad posts, perhaps no posts at all, but their user page consists solely to promote a product or is otherwise problematic. How would I flag or report this user page? This ...
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Bad moderators behavior - Account deleted without any reason [closed]

I was deleted from Italian SE, my username was DaniChi, now I see “user5372". I opened yet a ticket on May, 1st and my daughter (Marybnq) opened one too but for now, we had no response. My daughter’s ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #2: What is the role of moderators?

Welcome to the second episode of Unicorn Meta Zoo, a brand new podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're ...
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Cross-answer Debating

Let's say that Party A responds to a question with a 'reasonable' answer. Party B responds to the same question with their own 'reasonable' answer, and also uses the opportunity to specifically ...

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