Questions tagged [moderation]

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Anonymously (in both ways) requesting for a comment from the user who has voted-down an answer [duplicate]

This could be a privilege to be given after some amount of reputation. Consider accordingly. When a user receives a down-vote, without having laid a comment for the reason why, that user -right now- ...
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Down-vote inspection per request

Just a feature request, most likely will be bashed down, but whatever, I will pour out what I have on my mind, which I think would address something. There should be a way to report/flag ridiculous ...
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Moderator support request [duplicate]

I would like to speak with a moderator in regards to an issue which I would not like to have known to the general public. I personally believe that the issue may be somewhat time-sensitive. I don't ...
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The answerer of a question must be involved in approving edits to the answer

Now that I have a reputation of over 2000 I am asked to moderate edits. I have seen a lot of edits of answers that add information. Adding or modifying the information of an answer should be done in ...
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Is Bash on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I am currently writing a Bash script, and I found the exact answer to my programming question here: How can I list files with their absolute path in linux? Note that the question I used is currently ...
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What to do when OP defaces his question?

I've stumbled upon this closed question (reason — too broad): Big O operation (attempted answer provided). This question seemed really out of Stack Overflow's format to me, and effectively too ...
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Proposal for making the meaning of “Not an Answer” flags clearer

SE has specific flagging reasons, not to make it possible to flag (we already have that with custom flags), but to give guidance on valid reasons to flag. The "Not an Answer" flag comes with a ...
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Are “hot questions” being moderated too heavily?

In fact, in addition to moderation, do we have a problem with people editing these questions? This question is largely provoked by two questions I've seen on StackOverflow: Is a Java string really ...
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What to do with thousand of questions never checked as valid but with the correct answers? [duplicate]

Like lots of stackoverflow members, I'm trying my best to answer community questions, because I really believe in that kind of help. Every time I ask for help, I spend a lot of time to ask clear ...
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How can I help with moderation if I haven't got enough reputation?

I like doing the moderation like editing posts, reviewing, removing... simply cleaning StackOverflow. But I don't like so much writing answers or good questions. If I'm good at moderation, but not so ...
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treading on somebody's toes - dealing with mischievous tormentor [duplicate]

I think I might anger someone recently, because in just a few seconds someone downvoted all my answers that I've ever posted on SO. Can I defend myself somehow from such behaviour? I know it's ...
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Fixing incorrect 'NAA' flags in the queue

In the last few days I noticed the several hundred flags and thought I'd chip in. I've been noticing that a lot of flags in the Not An Answer queue are really attempts to answer the question. Just ...
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Is it ok to use mod flags for patterns of behavior?

I've run into this situation a few times now and I'm a little unsure if it is appropriate to flag. It usually starts when I see a particularly bad question from a user with enough rep to suggest that ...
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What does it take to become a moderator on Stack Overflow? [closed]

What does it take to become a moderator on this website! I mean how it feels to be a moderator, like given the features of an admin on a Linux system!
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Moderator deleted solution to question and then closed it :-( [closed]

This revision log doesn't make sense to me: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/6497098/revisions As I understand it: The OP asked question, then OP found a solution by himself and edited the question, ...
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How can I report abuse of the edit privilege? [duplicate]

In the case of objectionable questions, answers, and comments, I'd flag the behavior, as recommended here: How can I report a specific bad user? However, there is no way to flag edits. So how can I ...
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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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Why would a moderator delete comments about nonsense down-votes and not the down-votes themselves? [closed]

Yesterday there was this question on SO Link: PDO::__construct(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known Situation: My Answer was, and is, 100% accurate according ...
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What have I done wrong? Flamed for asking a question? [duplicate]

Just look at what happened here, very simple question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21386037/how-can-i-take-take-text-and-display-it-in-an-image-in-asp-net-c-sharp?noredirect=1#...
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How to train your growing community to self-moderate?

Two years ago I accepted the post of pro-tem moderators on Computer Science. At that time, and that's true for any new beta SE site, there were little to no users with enough reputation to moderate. ...
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What is the preferred way to report mass plagiarism?

Suppose you have discovered a user account that contains a significant amount of plagiarized contributions. There are hundreds upon hundreds of answers to check, and you are willing to do that, ...
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Can we get more specific flag reasons than “not an answer”? [duplicate]

The one thing I dislike about "not an answer" is that the flag doesn't say what the post in the answer area is. Is it supposed to be a new question? Is it supposed to be a comment? a comment on what ...
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Should this “not an answer” flag have been disputed? [duplicate]

I recently flagged this as "not an answer". It's a link-only answer without an actual link. Full text: For anyone still stuck, codeacademy.com has an excellent practical tutorial on prototypes in ...
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Change wording of the 'destroy spammer' moderator tool

When a spamming account is identified, moderators are supposed to destroy the account. While doing so, there's a step where we specify the reason the account is to be destroyed: This user was ...
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When should moderators remove the protected status from a question?

15k users and moderators can "protect" questions to prevent the addition of answers from very new users, and the Community user will auto-protect questions with a lot of deleted answers. This is ...
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Missing link in mod message template for low quality

In recent messages 1 and 2 (sec-mod/staff permissions required), there is a list item with the caption Short, self contained compilable examples By Andrew Thompson It is supposed to be a link to ...
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How to follow or be aware of important meta topics and arguments

Many users on the main site, Stack Overflow, got great help by asking questions and receiving quality answers. In time, with increasing reputation, many of this many people develop their style in ...
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Shall migration be further tuned in the sense of moderation theory?

There is a very elaborated system of close votes, where irrelevant question can be closed real quick just by users with enough rep, without the need to bother a moderator. Migration on the other hand ...
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Rename the [google-reflections] tag [closed]

The library has nothing to do with Google in the first place, except of hosting on google-code. Now even this fragile connection is gone, the library is hosted on GitHub and Bintray. The name [...
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Moderate, rather than completely block, posts from users who repeatedly post low-quality content

While post bans help protect the Stack Exchange network from harm caused by repeated low-quality posts, they deny all further opportunity for the user to post questions or answers, even if there is a ...
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Reporting an inappropriate or offensive user name [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow we can raise a flag on an inappropriate comment or post. What if an user has an inappropriate user picture or name? "Inappropriate" being derogatory, rude, racially demeaning, ...
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Should moderators override the review queue for items they've acted on?

Should a moderator be able to unilaterally close a question, and then vote to keep it closed in the review queue (after two people voted to re-open)? The question is here, and Gnat indicates (in the ...
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Moderator ask for answer edit and do not respond

hi i have no response from moderators on message/10230 since Dec 11 at 22:32 please help Because (I cannot post an additional message until a moderator has responded) moderator ask me to modify ...
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Why did this mysterious answer require another user's vote when a moderator already voted to delete that answer?

See this mysterious answer. It was deleted by three users including a moderator. AFAIK, a moderator's vote is a binding vote, so no other vote is required to delete. But this answer's deletion status ...
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Why do duplicate questions go through a different closing process?

Why is it possible for a question to be closed in two different ways? This one was closed by a single vote (a diamond user): This one took 5 votes but one of them is a diamond user: Would ...
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Why was my answer deleted, and why wasn't I notified? [closed]

I provided an answer for this question: Override inherited method as private in objective-c My answer refers to another related Q, instead of copy-and-pasting the answer. This made more sense than ...
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Ethics of a BitTorrent Software Proposal in Area 51

I've an interesting question for you all. I was giving some thought to possible site proposals on Area 51, and I had the idea to pose a proposal for a "Torrent Tracker Software and Management" Q&A ...
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Do/Should moderators have the ability to see edits performed during the “grace” period?

I'm not sure if this is a legitimate question for Meta, since it may involve information that is purposefully hidden from the public eye to prevent abuse. But the reason I ask is due to an issue on ...
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My answer was mod-deleted without comment

The original question: Google Transit API bus stops in route invisible and on the map disabled I can't get information from clicking the bus stops although the city has them when I enter >in Google ...
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How to dispute deleted post

I posted a question on stackoverflow that was deleted by a moderator. As a programmer for almost 15 years now, I think my question was an entirely valid and rather important question actually. Is ...
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How much time do you spend on moderating?

I recall hearing that a moderator should be willing to spend at least 30 minutes each (present) day on the site to moderate it. If one considers to nominate himself/herself as moderator in an ...
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Is there consensus among mods about flagging too short answers?

According to this and this answers I've always thought that flagging one-liners or too short answers was good practice. In particular the latter (by Tim Post) has near the end (emphasis mine): ...
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What is the correct procedure for getting mods attention?

I had a query about my account that required a moderator to look at something and give me some feedback. Not wanting to make it public on meta, I did what some other posts had suggested and flagged ...
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Does SO moderation aid any kind of a search algorithm?

A question I posted was voted to close. On looking at the possible duplicate answer, I found that the questions could have arisen due to completely different backgrounds. But the answers were similar. ...
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Is this really the appropriate response to a “helpful” flag?

This is what I just got to a flag that I put on an old dumb question of mine I wrote: Can this please be deleted? It is old and irrelevant. Thank you. And it would have been fine if it was just ...
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Chat flags incite more drama, when they should deescalate

Moderation on the main site is pretty silent and unobtrusive. If you were not involved in a situation, you probably won't notice that anything is happening unless you visit the involved posts by ...
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Potential malicious intent in code or am I imagining things? [duplicate]

There are number of issue with this post https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19404338/write-bytes-to-a-text-files. Why would you want to hide hidden bytes to a text file? He's asked virtually the ...
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Answer flagged as “not an answer” still exists (was not removed) [duplicate]

Some number of days ago I came across this answer which I felt was a very poor attempt to answer the question. So I flagged it as "not an answer", and a while later my flag was marked as "helpful". ...
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I just noticed 40 “leave open” votes in less than 10min, just after midnight

By some user in StackOverflow. Should I report this? How?
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flag: declined, but acted upon [duplicate]

This answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/19018558/731947 had a rather unhealthy discussion happening in the comments section and was still ongoing. I flagged with other, message: "post needs comments ...