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Do I need to reply to a moderator message? [duplicate]

I recently received a message from a moderator for my "bad" reviewing queues (yes, I'm guilty of this), but is it compulsory to message back? Or does it seem slightly rude to ignore their ...
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List of our warnings aka moderator private messages

Currently, in order to see a warning (Private Moderator Message, it has no other official usage) issued to you in the past, you have to either look for it in your email (fair, but emails might get ...
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How can a user view an (old) moderator message? [duplicate]

While doing some research for an answer to another post, I wanted to get a screenshot of a moderator message I'd sent to an alternate account. While "moderator view" lets me view the history ...
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Mod messages say they are confidential between the user and local moderators, but staff with moderator rights can see them - can the wording be fixed?

I've just been informed by a user who received mod messages that they start with some explanatory text that looks like this: What is this? It is a private, confidential communication mechanism ...
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Names on user cards above moderator messages are wrongly wrapped

On narrower screens, like an iPhone 11, the names on user cards above moderator messages are sometimes wrapped in strange places, like this:
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Underlining of hyperlinks doesn't extend to private moderator messages

A couple of years ago, hyperlinks in Stack Exchange posts started to appear underlined as well as in blue text. (I can't find the official announcement of this change, but it seems to have been in ...
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How's it fair for a moderator to delete my account and dissociate my questions and answers? [closed]

Edit I found the email that proves a moderator deleted my account. And nobody appears to believe me before? Even if you suspend me, why dissociate my questions and answers? How can I manage or track ...
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"Boilerplate" mod messages are "impersonal" and leave users "confused"

After receiving his first suspension, ex-moderator Robert Harvey voices this perspective on boilerplate mod messages: I'd prefer a meta post asking for better transparency in mod messages. I used ...
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Would a 5-minute grace period for moderator messages (both directions) be useful?

I wrote a long reply (1.2k+ words) to a moderator message, and after clicking "Reply", I spotted a typo, just one typo. Given that moderator messages are private and cannot be edited (by others), it ...
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Link to /help/referencing in the moderator message template for plagiarism

The current “plagiarism” template for moderator messages (minus lead-in and fade-out, but including original emphasis) is: It has come to our attention that several of your answers consisted ...
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Mod message templates should not use the first person singular

Moderator messages are now signed by “${SITENAME} moderation team” rather than “${USERNAME}, ${SITENAME} moderator”. However some moderator message templates still contain “I”, which does not make ...
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If somebody gets a 10 year long network-wide ban, who communicates it to them and how?

In the case of the bans issued by mods, the mod communicates the decision to the offender. What happens if one gets a network-wide ban? These can be caused only by the CMs. What are the rules in ...
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How can I discuss my suspension with the site's moderators? [duplicate]

I recently got a hefty 30 day suspension handed to me over at Programming Puzzles and Code Golf and, wanting to discuss the particulars, I replied to the email the moderator team sent me, requesting a ...
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How does it look for the moderators that I was already contacted in a moderator message?

For those not familiar with moderator messages, see https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/119106/147015: Sending a mod message (whether suspension is included or not) puts a permanent mark / annotation ...
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Links don't show up in plain-text email of mod messages [duplicate]

I sent a mod message to myself before sending it to the user to check the formatting and such, and noticed missing links in the plain text version: HTML version: Plain text version: As you can see, ...
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Moderator message tool discards my message, if another moderator simultaneously sends the user a private message

As a moderator on a SE site, I recently observed behavior that merited a suspension. I took the time to write a lengthy, detailed private moderator message to the user, to explain the reasons for the ...
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Mod message lost to network glitch

The timeline: I started composing a moderator message on French Language. At 20:53:23Z my router detected that it lost Internet connectivity. I wasn't aware of this yet. A few minutes later, I hit ...
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Make moderator messages anonymous

Currently, when a moderator messages a user, the user sees which moderator is messaging them. This includes when a moderator issues a timed suspension. Generally, I have no problem with this. ...
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What does receiving a mod message look like?

As a moderator, I occasionally experience addressees reacting to moderator messages in a weird manner or completely ignoring them. To develop a better understanding for the situation, I would ...
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Modification to the 'excessive self-promotion' moderator private message

The boilerplate text for the 'excessive self-promotion' moderator contact form includes a direct quote from the help center: Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion and ...
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Could the "abusive to others" message template be revised to include a link to the Be Nice page?

We've got a great Be Nice policy, and when a user runs afoul of it, it seems like a good idea to point them in the direction of that page. However, the current candidate moderator message template ...
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Cannot send a message to moderator

I am trying to send a message to the moderators because the last message that was sent was from me. The message I see is "you cannot post an additional message until a moderator has responded" ...
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Add a moderator template for a pattern of bad answers

The "consistently low quality question over time" moderator template is very useful and flexible, and I've generally found a good response when using it. I've also found similar results when using a ...
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Message datetime in moderator message are rendering strangely

Inside of the moderator messages, we typically get displayed the date/time that the message was sent and/or read by the users. Starting earlier today this began not rendering as a link, it is ...
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Follow-up to Private Message with Moderator

A moderator initially sent a private message on Sept. 23 2014 to me, to which I then responded. I still haven't heard back and genuinely need a response, so what can I do? The system prevents me from ...
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Preventing replies until moderators respond is bad; add an edit button

When moderators send a message, the current system only allows you to post a single reply, then prevents you from following up again in any way until a moderator responds first. This is bad because ...
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Wrap text in code blocks in mod messages

Due to the letter format, when replying to our mod messages users may sometimes indent each of their paragraphs with four or more spaces, either deliberately or unwittingly turning them into code ...
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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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Change message added to duplicates so that it works even when the closed question was asked earlier

It has been determined in certain conditions, an old question can be marked as a duplicate of a newer one. However the explanation message still says duplicates are for newer questions. In this case, ...
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Allow moderators to add their own mod message templates

On Physics, I rarely use any of the boilerplate mod messages. One of the more common actions is warning a user about many homework questions1. For this, I have a template in the chatroom that I copy ...
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How can I see all messages between me and moderators? [duplicate]

How can I see all messages between me and moderators? Where are they stored? I know that they have links like: https://stackoverflow.com/users/message/[natural number] But, how can I get them?
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Moderator message reply copies user's response, instead of signature; Carpal Tunnel Lawsuit?

When we get a response to a moderator message, our box to reply to that response used to contain the default signature and a placeholder for our text. For the past couple days, however, it contains a ...
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How come it is showing Diamond to my account in moderator private message?

I just got a Moderator Private Message from Super User's Moderator Team. https://superuser.com/users/message/629?noredirect=1#629 (For Super User moderators only) Because I failed last few reviews ...
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Moderator messages render tags in preview, but not when sent

I recently sent a moderator message that had tags in it: foo-bar The tag showed up correctly in the preview (much like it does here), but did not show up in the rendered message once I clicked 'send'...
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Remove or significantly lower the throttle delay when sending moderator messages

This is more of a nuisance than a real show stopper, but given that it's probably a quick fix (a tweak of a variable somewhere), I figure it doesn't hurt to ask. Currently, the throttle on moderator ...
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Remove hats from the mod message area

Most sites have hats enabled by default--you see the hats unless you explicitly opt out. This means that the hats are visible on mod messages as well. Now, mod messages are supposed to be a bit ...
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Add a link to the user's profile from the moderator message thread

When a user is privately messaged by a moderator, the message typically links to the user's profile, but since it's a part of the message body the link is sometimes edited out. It'd be handy to have ...
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Incorrect title of meta mod-message notifications [cake inside! :p]

Mod messages on meta show up with a rather odd title on SO: "moderator message on [moderator] added a new reply" instead of e.g. "moderator message on meta" Screenshot: Notifications of messages ...
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Moderator messages that do not "taint" the user's account

For those not familiar with moderator messages, see https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/119106/147015: Sending a mod message (whether suspension is included or not) puts a permanent mark / annotation ...
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Moderator message notifications should be red in the global inbox for those involved

From the blog post announcing the new notifications tab: Since notifications aren’t as important as inbox notices, whenever you have unread inbox messages we’ll display the red inbox indicator rather ...
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Send suspension notices & mod messages to Global Inbox as well

I realized that Mod messages/suspension notices are not delivered to the inbox. I'm not sure why that's so. With most activity being delivered to the Inbox, something as important as Mod messages ...
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Improve form validation for mod messages by rejecting unfilled template tags

When a moderator intends to contact a user about questionable behavior on a site, the moderator can choose from a set of message templates for addressing common behavior patterns. Some of these ...
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How do I contact a user privately, as a moderator?

As a moderator, I sometimes need to contact a user about his behavior on the site or about other site-related issues. How can I contact a user privately, as a moderator? What are the possibilities ...
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I need to be able to edit sent Moderator Private Messages

I'm half a moron. I need to be able to edit sent Moderator Private Messages because I cannot stop pressing the send button before proofreading my messages. Please, think of the morons.
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Check to see if a new moderator message has been sent within the last few minutes

Today (and it's not the first time I've observed this), Tim and I suspended and sent a moderator message to the same user within one second of each other. Could the user messaging/suspension ...
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Suspension reason listed as "to cool down" if "something else" reason is selected

When choosing a message template for a moderator message, we are given several default choices, such as excessive promotion, abusive activity, etc. For cases which don't fit this bill, we have a "...
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Display moderator messages in the global inbox, not as a site-only dropdown

When another moderator sends a direct user message, the notification appears for all other moderators as a dropdown alert. This is somewhat distracting, and also impossible to get back to once it's ...
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How do we see the private messages that moderators sent us?

I've got a message sent to me from a moderator which appears in the top-left notification dropdown box. Clicking on the "item" brings me to a page where the message is shown. But after reading it I'...
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Can we have drafts for moderator messages?

Most of the time, messages that we have to send privately to users are quite cut and dry. We're either explaining an action that we took, or describing an action that we'll need to take. Many of the ...
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