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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anonymity issue for mods with user ID in "Share" links [duplicate]

Below each question and answer, there's a "Share" link that contains a URL to that question or answer. That URL also contains your user ID number. For instance: https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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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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Moderator message is not responsive on mobile

I received a message from the moderators, but it's rather hard to read on my mobile (Firefox on IOS 16.3.1, iPhone 12 Mini) because the text is wider than the viewport. Wasn't the whole "...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do moderators need to remove their user ID from shared SE links in moderator messages in order to remain anonymous?

The moderator messaging system was recently changed so that the identity of the moderator who sends a message is hidden from the recipient: The signature on the template moderator messages will be ...
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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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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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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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Every template from moderator private message has lost the translation

All moderator message templates have lost their translations. For instance, the translation for the template "question repetition" was made a long time ago and was available before the mod ...
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Escaped HTML in dialog to select moderator message template

When selecting a moderator message template, the first few lines of the text are shown, but with escaped HTML: This is how it looks like in the editor: The same problem also happens in a site-...
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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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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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What percentage of users mod-warned (no suspension) for posting AI-generated answers have gone on to write legitimate answers?

Put differently, what percentage of users who post AI-generated answers have demonstrated motivation to contribute content without violating site-specific AI-generated content policies or the rules ...
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Sidebar widget overlaps moderator message thread

When viewing a moderator message thread, the sidebar widget may overlap the messages. Here is an example screenshot:
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Add a link to mod messages

Currently, AFAIK there's no way to access moderator messages, unless digging through one's SE notifications/inbox or emails. Not convenient for old mod messages. Feature request: Add a link to mod ...
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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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Change the inbox notification text for mod messages

When another moderator sends a message to a user, the inbox notification says: moderator message on AviD added a new message Hello, I'm writing in reference to your IT Security - Stack Exchange ...
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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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Mod message text doesn't fit in area

In some cases, the mod message doesn't fit into the area allocated for it: The image above is taken on iPad 11 Pro latest Chrome, but you can reach the same effect on Windows in Chrome browser just ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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