Questions tagged [moderation]

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Can we standardise chat moderation policies?

It has to be said: chat moderation is a mess. Various questions about exactly how to moderate chat have been asked before, and have got some answer - but for moderators, there's very little solid ...
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Simplify Room Owner moderatorship and allow consistency

I haven't been a Room Owner all that long, but I am already beginning to miss some features that would enable me to allow for more consistent moderation of rooms I am involved in. As Room Owner of 2 ...
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Channels for users to communicate with moderators regarding deleted questions

There should be a way for a question asker and moderator to have some kind of dialogue after the question has been locked or deleted. Should there not be a way for me to shadow edit for the moderator ...
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How to best implement a “sources are required” policy?

In a Stack Exchange site I am active in (Mythology), we've discussed requiring reputable sources in all answers (for obvious quality reasons). Right now, the consensus we've reached seems to be: ...
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When would a moderator want to edit the top-of-page text at /election?

Anime.SE has just entered the nomination phase of its first election cycle. As an appointed beta moderator, I notice that I have the ability to edit the blurb of text that tells users how elections ...
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How do you get in contact with a moderator?

I'm a noob on this website and a couple of days ago I asked my first question (How does a freelance copywriter determine the right price-per-word to charge?), which got put on hold by a mod and today ...
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How are the first mods chosen for brand new stack sites? [duplicate]

I've recently started following and participating in some Area 51 stack sites and one is currently in the commit phase. It wasn't inherently obvious who will be moderating it and how those people are ...
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Key performance metrics for moderators

I wanted to do a little research with data.stackexchange.com to identify the determinants of moderator performance on SE subsites. However, I didn't find performance metrics for moderators. The ...
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A deep hole in Stack Exchange moderation philosophy: dealing with the human element

Over the past year, I've learned a lot as a moderator. Recent events on other sites, SE and not, stick out sharply in my mind, reminiscent of the mistakes I've made and problems that have arisen in ...
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How can I request my question to be locked?

My question titled, Should votes be hidden for the first 15 minutes after a question is asked?, is receiving a tremendous amount of down-votes and comment criticism. The thing is, I already ...
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As a moderator, should I re-flag spam that's already flagged, or just delete it?

I've been an elected moderator for about a month or so, and I'm still a bit confused about the correct way to handle spam that others have already flagged as spam, but that hasn't got to six flags yet....
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Do the new graduation policies have any effect on migrations to Beta sites?

A little while back, Stack Exchange announced new policies related to graduation and site closure. In short, graduation is considered once a site consistently received 10 questions per day, sites get ...
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We could use better management of popular, but “bad” questions

There are a set of questions that are a bad fit for Stack Exchange. Every site has a /help/dont-ask page that describes what SE sites are looking for and what kinds of questions aren't a good fit for ...
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Reputation inflation [duplicate]

Over a long enough time, everybody who has asked a half-decent question, or posted a half-decent answer, will gain access to the moderation tools. There is a natural "inflation" to the rep system in ...
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Constantly voting not like others in review queues

Are there any rules against constantly voting not like others in review queues? If yes, do the rules apply only to sites where they are enforced by the engine, in the form of review audits*, or are ...
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Do posts closed/deleted as offensive automatically get flagged to mods?

Do posts that are removed via "offensive" flags also end up being seen by moderators? I realize the flags end up in a moderator queue, but once the content is deleted (thanks to a sufficient number ...
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Remove “are you sure?” prompt when deleting comments from flag queue [duplicate]

Current State Deleting comments on a post, outside the flag queue, requires no prompt. Deleting comments on a flagged post (whether a comment or other flag) requires confirmation each time. This isn'...
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How to responsibly direct users with serious mental health issues?

I am not talking about people with borderline personality or spectrum disorder issues (like rudeness), rather behaviours like paranoia and depression. A recent question on Ask Ubuntu highlighted that ...
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More useful “review queue cleared” page

Whenever a review queue is cleared, we're presented with the following screen: I'd like to suggest making that screen a bit more useful. Having just cleared a queue, you're riding a bit of a high ("...
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New comment notification appears and disappears when Dupehammer marks Q as dupe (seemingly) [duplicate]

Potential bug / FYI Noticed it on SO, but reporting on MSE as it's likely present on other sites, if it is a bug. I was reading a new question on SO, it had no answers or comments, then the "1 ...
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Does moderation impacts a moderator's involvement to answer a technical question?

I see that the moderators have had been answering a lot on technical questions in the past. I don't see the same enthusiasm/involvement with technical questions. I see a lot of moderators quite active ...
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Prevent repeat offenders from using association bonus / nuke all acounts network wide

I've run into, what I hope, is an odd edge case... Back Story: What started as a disagreement over rolling back an edit, resulted in some revenge voting, and when I was looking into it, I noticed ...
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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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As a moderator, am I supposed to handle NAA flags or let the reviewers do it?

NAA flags have been feeding into a review queue for a while now. I understood that post to mean that except in egregious cases we moderators should let the community handle it, just as we prefer that ...
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Doubts about Duplicates

I am considering a hypothetical situation where the same question, when duplicated across a considerable time gap, will have a totally different answer. For example in Linux, certain features are ...
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Should we update the “Theory of moderation” blog post?

The blog post "A theory of moderation" was written by Jeff Atwood in 2009. It is prominently linked in every election, and often referred to as kind of an official document on the role of a moderator ...
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How can we gently prod new users to use custom flags only when needed?

Almost everyone has experienced this from one side or the other. Someone flags a post with a custom reason. A moderator looks at it and realizes that the flag didn't need a custom reason. The ...
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Recommend Deletion needs another type for Low Quality Posts

While most of the people answer the questions on StackOverflow and most of the time I have found that people do post a single line answer that is actually right however the knowledge on the basis of ...
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How can we get community mods to address meta issues for a beta site if we have no pro-tem mods?

I'm speaking from the perspective of an HSM user. The community on HSM has been very active on HSM meta, and we've addressed a lot of core issues that have come up in the early days of the site. Here ...
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Should questions without enough info, but a good + accepted answer, be deleted? [closed]

Example question (paraphrasing an answer on Stack Overflow): My website appears upside-down. Please fix it. LINK Example (and, theoretically, accepted) answer: I see that you applied transform: ...
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Is there any mechanism to deter users from unnecessarily messing with user points? [duplicate]

I had noticed that some users uses their right to vote up and down a question unnecessarily. I was a victim of such some months back, had to abandon my account for a new one because of some, some, ...
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Proposal against power abuse on stack sites and a more democratic voting system

Stack Exchange sites are fantastic and very useful. I have been using them for years but in the last time the management is getting bad, moderators abusing power, deleting posts and comments just ...
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As a moderator, how do I handle a potentially inappropriate profile picture?

There are already at least a couple of questions (1, 2) about how to handle potentially inappropriate profile pictures, but the answer given in both cases (and other duplicates of those) essentially ...
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In a string of comments, including junk, should I flag the individual comments, or leave a custom flag on the post?

A moderator on GL made a meta post about flagging comments. The part of it I'm questioning is: If there are more than one comments that should be removed, don't flag them individually because that ...
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My answer got deleted without a trace? [duplicate]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/26296787/how-do-i-add-to-the-assembly-gettypes-array-of-an-assembly?noredirect=1#comment41262779_26296787 I found my own answer and I was very happy about it. I'm ...
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Can make the 'deleted answers' section in the help more accurate?

There is a little part of explanation missing in the help center section 'Why and how are some answers deleted?'. It explains very clearly that moderators can delete any answer and that 10K users can ...
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Similar Rule for People with the Privilege of Closing Questions or Putting Them on Hold? [duplicate]

If a user has a certain number of questions that were closed or put on hold, that user cannot ask more questions for a certain time (or even prevented from asking at all). For those with close ...
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Is the algorithm for choosing Pro Tempore moderators on new sites fair?

I come from Startups SE, a fairly new site which just got out of private beta about a month ago. My use of the site has dwindled in the last few weeks, as I took some personal effect to an interesting ...
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What's wrong with Ask Patents' moderation? [closed]

Related: What is “Ask Patents” and why is it secret? Ask Patents needs a cleanup There's a moderation problem on Ask Patents. Nobody is reviewing. There are no community moderators. I'm... not ...
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Are moderators required to report users younger than 13?

Users younger than 13 are deleted immediately once SE is informed about the case. The reason for this is COPPA, the US law intended to protect children online. The guidelines as far as I understand ...
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Mass-cancel stars in chat room

In the Root Access chat room, we are having a little issue with some people starring every message, even though none make sense on their own, and they aren't interesting. I spent a few minutes ...
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What can we do to make community moderation less cold and unforgiving? [closed]

There are many sites claiming that Stack Exchange is becoming less that supportive. Is there something that we can do as a community to make asking a question less unforgiving? How about, for ...
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Stealth censorship of comments immunity

Sometimes I get stealth censored, mostly on smaller Stack Exchange sites. Moderators will delete part of a comment or sometimes just the whole comment. I get no warning when this happens and there is ...
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Can a moderator set an accepted answer? [duplicate]

How may I reference the script tag that loaded the currently-executing script? is a good question with multiple good answers. Unfortunately, the person who asked the question seems to have deleted ...
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Considering accepted status of an answer when handling a quality-related answer flag

When moderators are handling answer flags on an accepted answer, should any weight be given to the fact that the answer is accepted? Let me narrow the question... Obviously, for spam/offensive and ...
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Concerns about my downvoting with comment on established users' posts as a moderator

I'm a moderator on a small site, and I've noticed a pattern in my voting. When a post is VLQ or off-topic, it's easy to comment explaining why and close/delete, and I don't feel bad about that. It's ...
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Should we have a “mod voice,” and how?

On RPG.SE, we've seen a negative pattern emerge. The moderators are also avid members of the site (part of the reason we became mods was having the highest reps). RPG.SE, like many of the newer SEs, ...
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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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Flagged “not an answer”, flag marked helpful but answer still exists

I flagged this answer, which was marked as helpful. So why does this post still exist? Someone edited the post a few minutes back, so here's the original revision that I flagged: Could you try ...
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“Reputation to the max” isn't working fully [closed]

I just bought "Reputation to the max". I bought this first, because I really want to help the cleanup of the vote-to-close queue, which, despite the efforts I've been hearing about, is still quite ...