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Stack Exchange Moderator FAQ

As per the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, this FAQ will serve the following purposes: To be the canonical reference for moderators across the Stack Exchange sites for things that are beyond question (...
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Global flag history tab for moderator tools

In the moderator tools, there is a flag queue, and flags can be dismissed as valid/invalid. However, sometimes I want to review recent flags, whether I or another moderator acted upon it. I'm aware ...
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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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in [Stack Exchange land](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_Time)... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange ...
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Only show unhelpful flags when clicking unhelpful flag count

On user accounts, there is a total count of a user's flags in the following format [total flag count] ([unhelpful flag count]) Both the total flag count and unhelpful flag counts link to /users/...
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Survey for Moderators who step down

As Teresa shared on her announcement here on meta, we have finalized this survey and sent it to moderators who recently stepped down. We will be creating a Moderator offboarding process, including ...
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Increase character limit for the reason field of "requires moderator attention"

While I certainly don't want to write a book every time I flag a post, I find the current 150 character limit way to strict and most of the time I can't explain properly the reason for which I flagged ...
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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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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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Option, in answers, to merge a user with OP

Thinking of ways to make a common task easier for moderators. We've seen it a hundred times. A cookie-based user asks a question. Later, they log on from a different machine and cannot edit their ...
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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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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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Automatic duplicate detection hinders moderators on meta

Don't get me wrong - I love that duplicates are now automatically detected and stopped from being posted. But there are edge cases where this new feature is a problem, and prevents real work from ...
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Ask hard questions on the Moderator Questionnaire

The Stack Exchange Moderator Questionnaire is a routine part of the election process. It's a way for the community to gauge the candidates' fitness for the job; for voters to read a bit into who ...
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Create a red faq-moderator tag

Moderators are being encouraged to document their processes, tools, and guidelines on meta. While we could merely tag everything faq I suspect that it would be better to have a special faq-moderator ...
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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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Blog comment moderation rules

Since my profile will be deleted in a few hours, this doesn't concern me, but the remaining people may be interested. We know the already famous post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/11/13/were-...
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Add some new sorting options to the flag queue

We already have a sort order for the moderator queue that sorts flags by a certain "Order of Importance." However, I don't work the queue from top to bottom. Frequently, I will dispatch the "Not an ...
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Split the community and Community User statistics in "Year in Moderation" posts

In the annual statistics posted on Meta Stack Exchange (e.g. here) as well as each per-site Meta, moderation actions are aggregated into "Moderators" and "Community" columns, with the second caveated ...
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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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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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Automatic duplicate detection

I propose to detect double postings automatically by the system and perform a minor penalty like a 24h ban of posting content. Motivation There are numerous cases in which users duplicate their own ...
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Show hyperlinks automatically in moderator/10K flag queue

While going through the Super User mod flag queue this morning, I ran across a flag by Community: As you can see, it shows the answer body in plain text. I suspected that the answer was nothing more ...
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Add a preview of Stack Overflow links in mod flags on hover

Lots of people flag posts and, in the "Other" explanation, add links. The vast majority of these are of the type exact duplicate of stackoverflow.com/questions/4275311 The only way to evaluate ...
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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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I wonder why my question was deleted without any reason

here is my question: Resize png image in Delphi - incorrect alpha channel I offered a bounty on it, after i didn't get answers, and it seemed, that nobody has the answer on it. I wonder, what's ...
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The number of custom close reasons

It is hard to fit all the common off-topic close reasons we use into 3 large categories. If our goal is to give the best feedback to the authors when putting their questions on hold, why are we ...
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Require reason for post deletion and un-deletion?

Could we have a method of explaining why we think a question or answer should be deleted? It could work identically to closing a question, maybe with an additional text-input box (like the "Requires ...
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Contact moderators for little things

There are a lot of questions, with answers, about how to contact a moderator about a lot of stuff. But no way to just give a moderator a heads up about some things. There are flagging options on many ...
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New Altruist Moderator Query : Spreading the badges

I have started to use that nice tool, DataExplorer, yesterday. I would like to have comments and suggestions about this Badge oriented Query Its purpose is to list posts which are close to the ...
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Can we nuke a Beta and start again?

Disclaimer The following case-study is just my opinion and not something the Beta site in question has decided upon. I want to know whether such course of action is in theory possible before ...
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Better edit box for moderators editing flagged comments

Currently, the interface for moderators to edit a flagged comments uses an input instead of a textarea. For comments longer than a few words, this is cumbersome. It's not possible to read the entire ...
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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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When are questions which build upon each other considered duplicates?

Each Stack Exchange site caters to a mix of experts and novices. This means that some (expert) questions presuppose knowledge which is being asked about in other (novice) questions. In other words, we ...
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Notification of Flag on Questions that need moderation

One suggestion that I have is with the flagging system. While you can tell what questions you have flagged under your profile, it would be handy to have a display element on the question that you flag....
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Feature request: Question or answer length indicator in review

I often find very short, or very long answers, in need of the most attention. As of today, the review system does not indicate the post length. There are, of course, both long and short questions/...
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Is there any point flagging a question that has an accepted answer?

I've just been looking at this question. Even if it was cleaned up, it would essentially boil down to: 'How do you use ProgressDialog in a TabHost application for Android?'. To me, the question is ...
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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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How can I alter a specific post to be answerable on StackOverflow

I created a post here https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14148328/tags-on-anything Almost all of my stackoverflow question are being denied for being vague. What could be done to this specific ...
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Should I be able to flag a post for moderation more than once, after first issue has been dealt with?

This question incorrectly got closed as duplicate. I voted to reopen, but rather than wait for the required numbers to pass by and agree to reopen, I flagged it and asked for it to be reopened. ...
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Should this question have been deleted so quickly?

This new user just asked two (poor quality) questions about selecting a random image with PHP. The second was pretty much a duplicate of the first and the first, in its current state, deserved to be ...
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