Questions tagged [moderation]

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User gets banned from chat or suspended and has a bot. What happens to the bot?

Lets say a user uses chat and has a nice bot account. They've legitimately earned rep on that bot and uses it to do practical functions for the room, such as evaluating math expressions. Later, the ...
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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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Migrating WordPress-related Questions to Webmasters instead of WordPress Answers? [closed]

I've noticed recently several WordPress-related questions have been migrated to Pro Webmasters instead of WordPress Answers (for example): And then, as expected they closed the answer over there ...
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Declined flags do not show up in moderator history

I've been working in the Very Low Quality moderator queue today, but noticed that when I decline a flag, it doesn't show up in my moderator history (visible to SE and moderators only). This is a bad ...
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Ability to annotate posts as you can annotate users

Sometimes in Gaming, we use flag for mod attention to communicate among mods (about something specific to a question or answer). It'd be nice if this was explicitly supported by the ability to ...
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Dealing with HNQ drama before it happens - how do we deal with questions that can lead to trouble?

Sometimes stuff creeps into HNQ that doesn't belong. While I'm a moderator of one site that doesn't get into the HNQ, and the worst I'd face on the other is a question that's decidedly meh, having a ...
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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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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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Do moderators not have a way to just push a post into the close queue?

This is not a duplicate of Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote as that asks for the ability for moderators to cast a non-binding vote. This, on the other hand, asks ...
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Deletion votes from users who later become moderators shouldn't prevent community undeletion

If you vote to undelete a post that was deleted by a moderator you will get the message A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted Interestingly this extends to posts that were ...
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What can moderators do about suspended chat users who attempt to engage with users via their chat profiles?

Recently, we encountered a rather persistent user in a chat room, repeatedly attempting to engage with other users in the chat by editing their chat profile description and repeatedly leaving and re-...
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How should sockpuppets be handled on Stack Exchange?

A high-reputation, highly-active user has already been dinged once for a sockpuppet, and I just dinged him again. He probably has another sockpuppet as well. What are the guidelines for handling ...
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Should I edit abusive posts?

When I see a abusive post that is a bit beyond PG-13 like: Go punch sand you lint-licker I will flag it as abusive but I feel like I shouldn't leave such profanities up for other people to see ...
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How can a moderator prevent their answer from being automatically converted to a comment on meta site?

As discussed in this meta thread, I had some difficulty posting a valid answer to an undelete request on the open data meta site. My question is, as a mod of the site, and the fact that it is the ...
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Should I flag plagiarism for moderator attention?

Until now, when I saw content that was simply copied from the web without an attribution, I flagged the respective posts for moderator attention, and moderators always deleted them -- in accordance ...
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Allow voting on moderation of moderators [duplicate]

There have been multiple times that moderators have near instantly closed valid questions. This authoritarian action is completely undemocratic. I've found more than multiple times that questions ...
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What do I do when I can't vote to close a question but want a mod to look at it?

I found a related question What is the guidance for using "Standard Flags?" about using standard flags and custom moderator intervention flag. Using custom flag directly takes them to ...
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What is a day in the life of a Stack Exchange moderator like?

What is it like to be a Stack Exchange moderator? Do you have to be on the site 24/7? Are there certain expectations of you every day (answering set amount of questions, reviewing set amount of items,...
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Where do moderators come from? [closed]

A recent comment asked "I wonder what happened to EndangeredMassa"? So, I followed the breadcrumbs, and found someone with a moderator diamond and 188 rep points. So now I'm confused.
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What is the difference between a deleted user and a “destroyed” user?

Prompted by Generic-ize a user's name when their account is destroyed, it appears there are two methods of disabling user accounts permanently: deleting and "destroying" What are the differences ...
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Implement Ratios For Moderation Abilities

This was something that was discussed briefly on UserVoice in the past but I feel that this should be another good avenue for it's discussion. What we have seen recently is an influx of users gaining ...
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Under what cases would a user be suspended from chat for 3,200+ years?

Note: this question was originally closed as "too broad" since it originally asked five questions. However, I've edited it down to two very similar questions. Additionally, the standard for "too broad"...
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Why have I been banned from chat?

So I've been banned from chat again. For reporting a problem. And, presumably, for being a thorn in the hide. I sense problems before most do and didn't use offensive language this time. Please look ...
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Where can questions about our community-run moderation tools be asked?

The question Smoke detector bad keyword detection was recently closed due to not being "about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center." MEE is ...
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Moderator actions - programming question transferred from SO to Unix

The question is Getting text from last marker to EOF in POSIX.2 Albeit about programming it was transferred to Unix. No button to ask moderator. I've flagged it for moderator attention on SO with the ...
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Highly upvoted old posts can more or less inoculate you from post bans?

When reviewing and even when I'm just looking for info, I eventually stumble on to a post that isn't only bad its mindbogglingly awful and out of morbid curiosity I check the user profile. Not only ...
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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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More attention needed to prevent non-constructive answers and comments [closed]

Lately, I have been getting a lot of critical responses to my questions, and absolutely no help whatsoever. Often users are responding with questions as to why I asked the question, and also links to ...
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What should happen to a chat account after the parent account was deleted?

We have a few cases of chat accounts remaining without valid parent account: here and there for example. What should mods do when that happens: delete the chat account notify the SE team so they can ...
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How can we improve moderation of IP networking questions on Stack Overflow and associated sites?

I have noticed what seems to be a trend of general confusion about what should be done when pure IP networking questions are posted to Stack Overflow. I have collected some very recent examples ...
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Can moderators / high-rep users delete revisions from the revision history?

Can moderators / high-rep users delete revisions from the revision history? I am asking this because the revision history for this answer here seems to be missing the original posted answer (which I ...
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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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Are suspensions automated?

I just came across a user who has been suspended for over 10 years (to 'cool down'). This seems unrealistic, as we can see that 10 years ago SE didn't even exist (meaning, a lot can change in that ...
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Reversing a disability-related post ban

After a year of waiting I am finally able to ask a proper question here and I do expect a reasonable answer. I am a 30 year old Java developer suffering from a brain tumor and the after effects of 2 ...
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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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Should an answer linking to another answer be converted to a comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? As the moderator who converted my answer to a comment will not respond, I would like some ...
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Do we need to increase the required delete votes?

Originally close votes required was 3 then 4 now 5 as the number of people who could close increased. Not so long ago 10k+ rep was limited to the first page of users. It's now onto page 6 I think. Is ...
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What can a user do if moderators remove a point of view from questions and answers

I wonder what happens if moderators act to remove contributions from a contributor, such that: A particular belief or point of view cannot be seen by other visitors That contributor is unable to make ...
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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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Are the “users” also the customers of Stack Exchange Inc? [closed]

The title explains it all. Yes I know and I have read the: From Stack Exchange Inc. We welcome questions that are clear and specific, representing real problems that you face; Stack Exchange ...
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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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Moderator permanent deletion of content is wrong

I started to think about this after the recent reputation "adjustment". It seemed weird that you would lose reputation when a question is deleted (or an answer you posted with upvotes gets merged ...
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Relaxation of rules for the sites and other suggestions

I would like to request relaxing of moderation rules to some extent, at least for new users, so that it will help new users like me get answers to their questions. It will also enable us to learn more ...
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Treat comments on deleted posts from moderating users like comments from diamond moderators

Comments on deleted posts don't reliably notify the owner of the deleted post about their existence, depending on the exact timing the post owner might never be informed about that comment. There is ...
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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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How should long comment threads with important information in them be handled?

Apparently, some moderators feel that they have a duty to delete long comment threads, no matter what. That once the thread is automatically flagged for being unusually active, it is an indisputable ...
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Why should 10k rep users view self-deleted answers?

When you reach 10k rep, you get to see other users deleted answers. I just think it's dishonest as a system to call a feature "delete," but show that to totally random strangers in the backroom. Due ...
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A sock with 28 rep points just deleted my comment?

K, so I left a quick comment on this question to a user who didn't seem to understand how moderator flags worked. Moderators are janitors. You flag us when someone throws up in the hallway. We are ...
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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) ...