Questions tagged [moderation]

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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'...
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Comments moved to chat. Why all?

A question I posted was closed as duplicate (I think it's worth reopening and in fact I'm trying to get it reopened). Also, a bunch of people made comments and a moderator moved those comments and my ...
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Should a mod reopen a closed voted question for being broad if it has an accepted answer?

I am curious to know what the protocol is for moderators if a question is closed for being broad but before it was closed the question received answers and after going back and auditing questions to ...
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How to deal with over-aggressive moderation?

Of the various Stack Exchange communities I'm on, there is one that has rather obvious outlier moderation habits. It's a smaller community with only 3 moderators listed. At least one of these ...
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As a normal user, how should I act on posts showing a severe level of paranoia or signs of other mental problems? [duplicate]

As a normal, unprivileged user, I wonder what I should do if I encounter a post on any SE site which contains signs of severe mental health problems like paranoia or persecution mania, but not ...
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My question is still not being deleted after asking for moderator intervention

I have a question on Workplace that I regretted posting almost immediately afterwards. People were researching my background and making critical remarks about my programming skill. It's not something ...
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Is it a legitimate question about implementation of a MITM attack? [duplicate]

There is a question at ru.stackoverflow and for those who don't understand Russian language it asks about: How to listen and decode HTTP traffic that outgoes from device (Android). And if it's ...
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A view mode to only show the askers or the answerers on the question list

When I search through question lists (whatever type of list they may be) sometimes I want to see who the asker (or the answerer) is before delving into it. The current view policy makes this ...
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How should moderators handle a custom flag to re-open a question?

As a moderator I occasionally encounter a custom flag "in need of moderator intervention" with a request to re-open a closed question. I am generally reluctant to unilaterally override the decision of ...
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Regular users should not be able to ignore moderators in chat

At the moment any chat user can ignore a chat moderator† and not see their messages anymore. Should this be the case? After all: a moderator needs to be able to communicate with all the users ...
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Add a warning for low reputation users (15-49) upon flagging for moderator

After reading this answer to my previous question, I feel there is a lack of understanding for new users concerning the use of the moderator flag. Thus, I think it is necessary to add a warning upon ...
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Allow moderators to edit/delete comments directly from a user's comment list [duplicate]

Moderators currently have access to a nifty list of all a user's comments (500 at a time), which now includes a summary of flags on those comments. Unfortunately, we still have to visit the post where ...
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Notify users when a moderator edits their comments

Yesterday I've made a comment on Meta Stack Overflow expressing my objection to being classified by generalization as a rep*****. Later on, the answer got edited by bluefeet, which is fine since the ...
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An open letter to Tim Post, the community manager of Stack Overflow

You asked me once if there was anything going on that I'd like to talk about. One of your moderators just banned me on Stack Overflow for a month, telling me that my edits for this question are "...
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About moderators' authorities

Note: This is not a personally stuff. This is an opinion declaration for improving SE. From help center: Closing is a democratic voting process where the community identifies questions that ...
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Where do complaints about poor or inappropriate moderators go? [duplicate]

What is the process for reporting moderator behavior that is inappropriate or unhelpful? I have a moderator who is: acting passive-agressive by being argumentative in comments as he effectively ...
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A moderation dashboard for chat

Chat Moderation has recently been a topic in the MSE Town Hall Chat #2. This is not only due to the fact that chat moderation is percieved as inconsistent by chat users, chat flags being broken and ...
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Moderator Flag Annotation

Flags are a great system for addressing issues in content, however sometimes the solution to a flag is not cut and dry. They may require discussion with other moderators or time to gather input from ...
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Best practices for moderating self-answered post that actually were not a question

Here's a self-answered question. I'm aware that while highly non-typical, self-answered questions are nevertheless acceptable. But in this particular case it looks like the answer was provided ...
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Moderators recording themselves as absent/inactive should work for main site and Meta simultaneously

A moderator on a Stack Exchange site can record themselves as absent or inactive. Currently the status changes independently for each main site and the corresponding Meta. I, myself, had taken a ...
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What can low rep user do about question needing closure on site in Public Beta?

I recently posted on the Coffee.SE meta about a closing a question that was too broad. I had already flagged it for being too broad (which still hasn't been dealt with). A moderator replied to the ...
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Where it is possible to challenge the decision of the moderator of one of the Stack Exchange projects? [duplicate]

(English is not my native language) Today I was blocked on Russian Stack Overflow. Blocking justification: Информация на странице вашей учетной записи вводит в заблуждение относительно вашей ...
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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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Dealing with bad behaviour across multiple communities [duplicate]

We have on our site (Econ.SE) a user who appears to have been abusing the voting system: his/her account has no activity other than casting exactly enough up-votes to obtain the electorate badge. A ...
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Policy concerning unilateral closing of questions? [duplicate]

Is there a policy or guidance concerning criteria moderators should apply before unilaterally closing questions? Obviously, if a question is blatantly off-topic or has another problem the moderator ...
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Don't show the weird half-generated flag bar during the grace period

So it turns out that NAA and VLQ flags have a 15-minute period during which the community is given a chance to handle them before mods do. When this happens, the flag does not show up in the flag ...
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Should moderators get locked out of review queues?

As per Should ♦ mods be spending significant time in ordinary review queues?, the consensus is that mods should definitely go through the First Posts and Late Answers queues if they wish, since they ...
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Why appropriate comment is not compulsory when someone down vote any question or answer? [duplicate]

In SO, I have seen many comments and answers which have down vote(s) without any comment. Even I also faced same problem in one of my answer. At that time I need to ask like this: @downvoter: Can ...
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Should comment moderation work differently on meta sites? [duplicate]

The guidelines on moderating comments on main sites are well-established: comments are transient Post-it notes, they are second-class citizens, they can be deleted at any time for a number of reasons, ...
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Moderator override on automated bans

The SE system bans people from posting questions and/or answers based on an algorithm we can only guess at. It largely does a good job at arresting low quality posts from users but occasionally it's ...
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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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Modifying comments long after 5 minute deadline [duplicate]

I just flagged 3 comments. One got deleted, one - to the best of my memory - got modified to something I'd be less inclined to flag. Modification happened 4 days after the comment was written. Can ...
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As a moderator, what should I do to merge users?

Sometimes an unregistered user lost their cookies and register with same email, then we get flags like... I can't comment to my posts!!! In this case, what should I do as moderator? Encourage them ...
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Asking in the dark. A better reputation scoring or tag needed for Novice users [duplicate]

Although this question has been marked duplicate. This question: Add the ability to ignore users is more the question I was asking. I'm not asking to be ignored. I just don't want to bother the ...
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When should comments be flagged/deleted on per-site metas?

We all know what comments are for -- and aren't, but that guidance is, naturally, geared toward main sites, where we want to keep things clean and focused. Meta, on the other hand, is a site's "...
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What to do about well-entrenched and rogue moderators? [duplicate]

I am convinced that the moderation of the christianity.se site fails the values of Stack Exchange, certainly in spirit, but also in the letter of those values. Specifically, I am convinced that ...
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How are flags handled?

Just out of pure curiosity: How are flags handled? Searching through Meta Stack Exchange and Meta Stack Overflow, I have found bits and pieces on how the flagging works and what is happening behind ...
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What do to when the moderation system of a site fails

On Parenting, a moderator has taken it upon themselves to start mass editing answers, blowing away as much as 50% or more of peoples posts because it was deemed that this information "shouldn't be ...
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How can we deal with problematic comments getting silently auto-deleted?

For once, good news: comment community moderation is working! I've recently gone through some deleted comments on my diamond sites, and turned up a few gems(?) of nastiness that I hadn't been ...
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Overenthusiastic moderation. Is there a feedback route? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a moderator on an unspecified Stack Exchange community who is sometimes, let us say, a little heavy handed—occasionally with very new members. I understand that that is only my ...