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Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote

I think moderators should have the ability to cast a normal, non binding close and open vote like they were a normal user (while of course retaining their ability to cast a binding vote where ...
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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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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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Proposed improvement to flagging, for answers

Currently the Flag feature, on answers, offers five choices. Three of them request moderator attention: Not an answer Very low quality "Other" In the spirit of reducing the burden on moderators, and ...
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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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Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? [duplicate]

Related: Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom "Link only answer," can we permanently make this a flag option? (not a dupe, that's a feature request and was closed as a ...
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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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Should Community Moderators be “elected for life”, or have terms?

While I applaud the excellent work of all our community moderators, the question has come up: How long will be the elected moderator’s “mandate”? Is it for life, or are we going to have “moderator ...
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Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors?

A rash of questions was recently flagged because they were in violation of some "Non-Disclosure Agreement.". Is it the job of Stack Exchange moderators to enforce these agreements, and delete these ...
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Let me opt out of viewing chat flags

I'm not a moderator. I have ~50k rep on Server Fault. I am a regular in chat. Because chat allows all 10k+ users across the network to act on chat flags, I (and many other regulars in SF chat) see ...
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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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Handling “Problematic” Stack Overflow participants

What do I mean by "problematic Stack Overflow participants"? Here are the criteria: Asks dozens to hundreds of questions over a period of 3-6 months (or more). All questions are consistently of low ...
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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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Flag abusive users

I think the community does a great job policing questions/answers, etc. and the community has some good tools available to do this. Between flagging questions with some reasons behind it and editing ...
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View site with a specific reputation value (lower than your own of course) or as a specific user (for mods)

To be honest I find it hard to keep up with all the changes, and very frequently I have to go look at the privileges list to see whether a user (that I'm looking at, so I have his reputation value) ...
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Should moderators be able to convert answers into comments?

Example of where it would be useful Another example Clearly, that was the result of an inexperienced user. If a question gets a bunch of replies, then the "comment" could easily get lost in the ...
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Would allowing moderators to update their Stack Exchange sites' Twitter accounts improve visibility and offer more value?

Stack Exchange sites have their own Twitter accounts, like http://twitter.com/StackUX. These accounts appear to just autotweet the latest interesting questions using the question's tags as ...
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Questions with lots of “Thank you” answers

"Thank you" answers are generally not very useful, especially if they appear in masses. Some questions are attracting especially many of them and should probably be cleaned up by a moderator. A data-...
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Should moderators delete obsolete and resolved comment threads?

These types of comment discussions are pretty common: @AuthorX: In your post, I think you meant "you're", not "your". - user1234 35 mins ago Oh, thanks. It's fixed now. - AuthorX 30 minutes ...
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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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Should there be an option to revoke not yet reviewed flags? [duplicate]

For example, this question was initially posted with horrible formatting, and I mis-read the question. Thinking it was asking something different, I flagged as belonging on superuser.com. When I ...
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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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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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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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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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Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers

There are a few "automatically protect questions" requests out there, but I'd like to add another twist. I'd like to request that questions that have three or more deleted answers by users with <...
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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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Does the change in “Exact Duplicate” wording imply a shift in policy?

In the past, when we closed a question as a duplicate of another, it had to be: An exact duplicate, in the sense that it should be nearly identical to the original question, and Only the question (...
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Can we have a feature to delay a flag for a short period of time?

As a moderator, sometimes it's nice to defer a flag but not have it in the mod-queue. There are various reasons, but the simplest is that if the (1) count is static, you kinda gloss over it, but if it ...
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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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Are answers that just contain a regular expression pattern really “good answers”?

I have noticed an abundance of regex answers that consist of nothing but a pattern. Obviously, not explaining the patterns will lead the (often clueless) OPs to just copy and paste the solutions. ...
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Can we get an additional moderator for Stack Apps?

Currently, Stack Apps has only one moderator, Nathan Osman. He's good when he's around, but he's sometimes gone from Stack Apps for days at a time. For example, it's been 2 days since he last ...
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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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Show the number of flags beside the “tools” link for 10k users

Based on screenshots seen from Jeff's screen, the number of flags is indicated beside the "mod" link for diamond moderators I think it's a good idea that 10k users see the number of spam/offensive ...
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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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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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Increase the number of daily spam flags with reputation

As a +10k-rep user on SO, I use the various tools to identify a lot of spam. There are two lists (new posts by new users and new answers to old questions) which are especially useful for tracking down ...
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Why is the Community user in a deletion war with a mod?

We have a closed question with 0 sum votes (+2/-2). It got deleted by the Community user. Fine. Then came along DoubleAA (a mod) and undeleted it. Then comes Community and deletes it a few hour later....
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As a mod when should I vote to close content that is not flagged?

I know mods are supposed to step in to quickly close seriously problematic posts and otherwise allow the community to vote to close a post. But what about when there are four close votes on a ...
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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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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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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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Should moderators use their abilities for personal reasons?

Moderators on S[OFU] have a number of privileges above and beyond those of normal users. These are necessary in order for them to perform their duties as moderators: keeping the peace, identifying and ...
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New users and attaching images

I think adding a way to approve/reject low-reputation users' images would be a nice addition to the StackOverflow feature set. Right now, when attaching images for a low-rep user, I have to edit the ...
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Can a moderator have undeleting questions as his primary duty?

My primary role would be to undelete posts, as that would be the reason for my election. I would search undeleted posts on my own and I would also respond to requests for undeletion from users. ...
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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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User 'quits' and goes on a rampage

We have a long-time user on Travel.SE who has, for whatever reason, gotten overly frustrated, changed his account name, and unaccepted everything, wiping his answers and turning his questions into ...
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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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New rule preventing multiple @notifies causing Convert to Comment to fail

Apparently, an image is not worth a thousand words, as without at least a few words this won't meet quality standards.
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Anti-trolling and anti-bullying

I recently joined Stack Exchange in a modest attempt to give back to the community that I've taken so much from. The experience so far has been great, although I am jealous of some of the reputation ...