Questions tagged [moderation]

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it inappropriate to ask moderator to share details related to my comment's edit history (when it was edited by a mod/staff)?

One of my comments which I did not edit had the pencil symbol beside it and the tooltip mentioned "this comment was edited one time". So, it is obvious that some moderator or staff edited my ...
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Trustworthiness of proposed links?

If a question is asked and someone proposes a link to some executable etc. as a solution to the question, has there been a case that malware was being suggested (perhaps unknowingly too)? Is there a ...
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Is there anything for micro-negative actions when flagging a question?

Is there anything in between rude/abusive when flagging a question? SE being a multiracial and global company, it is important for me to have a certain consensus of action against statements that are ...
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How can I see the list of questions that were removed by a mod from the list of hot network questions on a given SE website?

How can I see the list of questions that were manually removed (= removed by a mod) from the list of hot network questions on a given SE website?
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Can we construct a voting model for SE so that moderators aren't necessary?

I've seen and experienced several examples of mis-moderations. Cases where people with high reputation misuse their power to shut down the voice of others, even when there was no intended vandalism or ...
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Could we get better ways to communicate and apply suspensions on chat?

Chat suspensions are... strange. There's two ways to boot someone off chat - using a suspension on the parent account that's associated with the chat account (And otherwise it's not global) Suspending ...
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How does Stack Exchange know that two accounts belong to the same person? [closed]

A related question (How do stackexchange sites know that two usernames correspond to the same person?) says it's because the email addresses are the same. But in my case, the accounts were identified ...
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"I have read your message" moderator message

This feature request is regarding this question on the response to moderator's message: Add a small message box for the user to either tick or type a quick message back to acknowledge the moderator's ...
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Do I need to reply to a moderator message? [duplicate]

I recently received a message from a moderator for my "bad" reviewing queues (yes, I'm guilty of this), but is it compulsory to message back? Or does it seem slightly rude to ignore their ...
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Moderators can close question without voting. Do they have too much power to restrict the discussion? [duplicate]

I saw that there are a lot of similar questions. But I noticed that only recently moderators started closing questions bypassing the usual voting, one moderator is enough to close it, like this one. ...
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Hashcode sites are unmoderated and spam-filled [duplicate]

Hashcode is a network of Russian Q&A sites that was bought by Stack Overflow in 2015. The most active sites for programming and Russian were imported to Stack Exchange, but not all were. A few ...
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Where do I find the official guidance that I can link to regular users about handling posts from apparently suicidal users?

This came up again recently, with a post from an apparently suicidal user. In this case, the problem was exacerbated by the post itself including profanity/cursing too, which is usually cleaned up ...
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Is there a way to appropriately nudge a moderator to handle my old flags, or is waiting the only option?

Moderators are hard working volunteers, this we can all agree. The moderators on many Stack Exchange networks, including this one, are also very efficient. But on other smaller sites, even the ...
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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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Will we get moderation statistics published on all sites for 2021?

Since 2018, at the beginning of every new year, the team has posted annual moderation statistics on all meta sites on the network. These included a full table of how many of which moderation actions ...
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CM escalations - How we got the queue back down to zero

CM escalations are one type of request that the Community Management team handles. These are issues that Moderators send to the Community Managers when an issue needs to be escalated to someone on ...
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Are staff members considering our requests to reintroduce the "last seen" metrics? [duplicate]

I know this has been a sore issue to discuss, and still is. I was glad to see "member since" come back on our user profiles, and this is a good opportunity to express gratitude towards SE ...
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Please welcome Glorfindel to the MSE moderation team

After discussing it with the Meta Stack Exchange Mods, we're glad to welcome Glorfindel to the MSE moderation team and we are excited that he's accepted the diamond here. As with the existing mods, he'...
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What is the course of actions when elected moderators lock and close questions with unjustified reasons? [duplicate]

What should be my course of actions when elected moderators (specifically "Stack Overflow in Russian") unjustifiably lock and close questions on the Meta? I realize, that deciding what is ...
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How to interact with a moderator in this/other sites (technical/specific instructions)

How can I interact with a moderator? what specific actions are available for interacting with moderators, and how (literally, which page do I go to, what do I click on, etc) to perform these? ...
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What determines if a user is suspended based on content in the user profile?

Recently, it came to my attention that another user was suspended for a Code of Conduct violation for language used within the "about me" section of their profile. Now there used to be some ...
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Please can room owners and moderators be given more tools to help prevent spam from suspended users?

Over in The Nineteenth Byte, we've recently been experiencing a slightly disruptive form of spamming from suspended users. The user repeatedly joins and leaves the room, often multiple times a minute, ...
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Moderators don't hunt down "questionable grammar"

In the description for the job opening Vice President of Community Management - which I'm glad to see you're hiring for - there's this line: We have a network of over 500 volunteer moderators who are ...
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How many moderators are required to issue an account suspension?

E.g., can one moderator alone suspend a user account, or are at least 2, 3, etc. moderators required to issue an account suspension? I read My account has been temporarily suspended; what does that ...
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How about having the mods / admins document why they deleted a post [duplicate]

In general, there's a lot of push back against documenting why a post gets deleted. In looking at various posts similar to this, it's been explained that nothing really needs to be documented, that ...
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If I flag a comment from a mod, can the same mod review my flag? [duplicate]

If I flag a comment from a mod, can the same mod review my flag?
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Are moderators allowed to delete questions and answers without (giving) reasons? [closed]

I've been trying to ask questions on Some are well received with answers and up votes but they kept getting closed. The close reasons were very unclear like &...
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Leagues for participation/moderation?

I am aware of reputation leagues, but those only track your rep gains. As a person who makes everything a competition and who is active in participation/moderation (for the two and a half months I've ...
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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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Is it unusual for a moderator to ask for credentials or other user specifics related to the topic of an SE site?

Related to the A.I. SE meta question What is the policy on one-boxing AI-related links in this site's general chatroom? and a now apparently accidentally deleted comment (immediately below this ...
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Will we get a "2020: a year in moderation" post this year? [duplicate]

Since 2016, Shog9 has been posting every year a "year in moderation" post to every meta site with some interesting stats. However, 12 days after the last post, he was fired. Will we get ...
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Moderator bias and stifling of discussion on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Recently I have come across instances of moderators being biased and trying to stifle the discussion through their special privileges on Stack Exchange sites (especially if the point of view or ...
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Is it possible for mods to earn all the Winterbash hats on a site they moderate?

There are several hats that are seemingly impossible for mods to obtain: Bouncer: Make 3 reviews in the close votes queue that ultimately get handled the way you recommended, and at least one other ...
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New chat moderation tools for the Teachers' Lounge

The Teachers' Lounge (or "TL" for short) is a private chat room that is a dedicated space for the diamond moderators of the Stack Exchange sites to communicate with each other for a variety ...
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Why was a chatroom frozen after a remark was made about Australia? [closed]

This is the chatroom: The Garden of Eden This is the chat message: ...have you seen the latest heresy video posted by Veritasium on YouTube? To think he's supposed have a PhD in physics education ...
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Will yearly moderation statistics be published on all sites this year, and future years?

For the last couple years, at the beginning of every new year, Stack Exchange has posted annual moderation statistics on all meta sites in the network. These posts include a full table on how many of ...
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Why does redaction by a moderator require the prior approval of another moderator?

Occasionally SE is used for doxing, or posts contain sensitive information that should be promptly removed. As a moderator I just redacted such a post and am now notified, "Another moderator must ...
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Is username acceptability site-specific?

tl;dr version: If a username is considered acceptable on one site, is it necessarily acceptable everywhere else on the network or are there site-specific standards in username acceptability/...
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Why did Stack Exchange change my nickname suddenly?

My nickname was as "JoãoFodão" and suddenly it changed to "user743574". Why? Is it normal?
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What would the rules be about creating threads regarding other users, and encouraging other users to vote bomb them? [duplicate]

I am just wondering what the rules are here regarding making threads about other users, and whether it is considered a professional, or an unprofessional way of encouraging other users to vote bomb ...
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Should there be a higher standard for moderating election-related content?

I am cross-posting this (with some edits) here to get a wider audience on this matter as it can be an issue for other communities. In that sense, consider this incident as an example and try to ...
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