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Questions about diamond (♦) moderators, their powers, and actions they have taken.

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What is the procedure for notifying the moderator team when a moderator can't perform their responsibilities?

How does a moderator or their family inform the rest of the communities moderators or the community manager when they are unable to perform their duties or service their responsibilities? While the ...
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Anyone is able to see ♦ moderator announcements

There is a way for anyone to see ♦ moderator announcements despite not being one: This can be done by creating a Stack Overflow team (which is now free!), then going to https://stackoverflow.com/c/{...
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Are mods allowed to use secondary account(s) to cast non-decisive votes? [duplicate]

(Motivated by this, now falsely dupe-closed question.) Mods can not cast non-decisive votes. Sometimes they would like to. Sometimes they would like to talk with users so that the diamond does not ...
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The “Summer 2010 Moderator Appointments” blog article is missing the appointees

On the blog from the 11th of July 2010 it is announced which new moderators are appointed. For Stack Overflow this must have listed Michael Myers because the /users/moderators page links to the blog: ...
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Let moderators know that custom comment flag will not delete the comment

Could we let the moderators know with a brief message that when they flag a comment with the something else flag that it won't be deleted? I know that all the current moderators will know, but future ...
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Are diamond moderators exempted from the minimum duration of bounties (1 day)?

During the recent Winter Bash, Yaakov "solicited help on finding ways to prevent (or at least make it harder) for folks to cheat at Hat Dash" and awarded successful users with a bounty. The ...
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Robert Cartaino's profile is linked with “moderator on 3 other sites” on the Area 51 page

On the Bioinformatics Area 51 page, I saw Robert Cartaino's profile in the "edited by" section. In his profile I saw that he is "moderator on 3 other sites", so I have searched on ...
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Search for diamond (♦) symbol doesn't work [duplicate]

Just tried to search for the diamond symbol (♦) and got no results. It seems that searching for any single symbol is not implemented. For instance: Search for point Search for comma Even more, ...
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Can I consider myself a moderator of any Stack Exchange site if I have 500+ reputations?

I have 500+ reputations on Stack Overflow which gives me the privilege to review some posts on SO. So, can I consider myself a moderator of Stack Overflow?
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Can moderators get a convenient way to see the review history of a non-completed review task?

The review history of a post can be accessed from the post's timeline or from the site's review history if one has the 10K tools. See an example here (where I do not have the 10K tools): However, if ...
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Moderator bias and stifling of discussion on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Recently I have come across instances of moderators being biased and trying to stifle the discussion through their special privileges on Stack Exchange sites (especially if the point of view or ...
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Questions about the new minimum age for diamond moderators

Today we've released a policy that moderators must be 18 years old or older to be diamond moderators on our sites. Since the policy post isn't well-suited to address questions about the policy, that's ...
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Is there a minimum age for Community Moderators on Stack Exchange?

If I'm 16, can I be a moderator on one of the Stack Exchange network sites? I know that due to COPPA and GDPR users have to be a specific age before they can have accounts on Stack Exchange - are ...
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Is avoiding to report underage users a violation of the moderator agreement now?

There is a new official policy on reporting underage users by moderators: What are our policies regarding underage users?. This is posted with the mod-agreement-policy tag, so it is officially part of ...
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Are moderators allowed by the Stack Exchange anti-serial-downvote script to serial downvote more than regular users?

I got serial downvoted by a moderator on the Web Applications SE: To my surprise, the downvotes didn't get reversed by the Stack Exchange anti-serial-downvote script. My prior experience with getting ...
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“Stack Moderators is invite only” announcements

I'm a moderator on Arts & Crafts. Since the site has relatively little activity, most of the messages I get are 'announcements': apparent invitations to participate or (re)view new or updated ...
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Why were two policies deleted from MSE?

Last week two policies were posted to MSE: What are our policies regarding underage users? What are our policies regarding threats of self-harm and suicide? They have now been deleted, why?
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Don't dismiss custom flags when a question is closed by a moderator

Back in 2013, the system was changed so that when a question was closed, any custom moderator flags on it would not be automatically dismissed. However, this seems to only work when a question is ...
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Can usage of the mod-agreement-policy tag trigger a moderator notification?

When a new question is tagged mod-agreement-policy I'd like it to trigger a moderator notification. I ask because the new moderator agreement requires: I will abide by all other officially announced ...
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Why are moderators now required to report underage users?

Just today (December 2, 2020), a new moderator agreement policy was enacted, which requires moderators to report users that they find to be underage: If you find a user claiming to be under 16 ...
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What are our policies regarding self-harm and suicide?

What should I do as a Moderator when I encounter situations regarding self-harm and suicide?
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What are our policies regarding underage users?

What are the age requirements for using the Stack Exchange network and what should moderators do if they encounter an underage user?
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Is there a reason some moderators don't delete NAAs immediately?

Something I've noticed on a lot of SE sites outside the largest ones is that often moderators comment on NAAs without actually deleting them straight away. This is an example I flagged five hours ago ...
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How does the moderator vacation tool work?

I've heard about something named 'moderator vacation tool'. But there's very little information available about it in Meta Stack Exchange. I want to know how the tool appears (a screenshot would be ...
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I was incorrectly awarded the Sheriff badge today on Board and Card Games

Today I got the only Sheriff badge on Board and Card Games, which is not correct because we have never had a moderator election. This happened exactly one year after I was briefly removed and then ...
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Can moderators see who downvotes their answers in main sites (not meta)? [duplicate]

Hypothetical situation: A moderator of a site posts a terrible answer in the main (not meta) site they are a moderator of. Can they see the identities of people who downvote it?
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Can Moderators review more posts than the daily limit? [duplicate]

Can moderators review unlimited posts in a single review queue within a day? I saw one moderator review more than 400 yesterday in Stack Overflow first posts review queue. Today also he's reviewed ...
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Could we get an opt-in feature to get notified when fellow mods record an absence?

I logged into one of the sites I moderate this morning and just happened to check the dashboard and noticed that one of the mods had recorded their absence. It got me thinking--if I hadn't happened to ...
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Should there be a higher standard for moderating election-related content?

I am cross-posting this (with some edits) here to get a wider audience on this matter as it can be an issue for other communities. In that sense, consider this incident as an example and try to ...
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How long are moderators supposed to serve? [duplicate]

I'm a relatively new (active) user from Mathematics SE. We are about to have an election and I asked a similar question on the Q&A thread, where I was encouraged to post it here. Rounding up, our ...
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Why is the Moderator Council's role in the new reinstatement process such weak sauce?

The setting Two months ago, the "Moderator Council" was introduced, with a simple charter: a small group to escalate urgent or important issues or review our work before we make it public ...
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Feedback post: New moderator reinstatement and appeal process revisions

We have not made any significant changes to the current moderator reinstatement policy since it was released. Though it has functioned well for the cases to which it was applied, we acknowledge that ...
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If a moderator unilaterally deletes Meta questions about deleted main site questions, where ought I post my worries? [duplicate]

I'm addled why there are comments with "you falsely claimed", and they're upvoted. The title of post unmistakably states "a moderator unilaterally deletes Meta questions", and I've ...
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Flagging a moderator's comments [duplicate]

Being new to the site I have already witnessed a hell lot of work and responsibility a moderator has to undertake (at the least)... Just wanted to know what does happen when someone flags a moderator'...
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Does SE have some general, non-website-specific guidelines of removing questions from the HNQ network?

This SEDE query shows that a per-site moderator has been removing questions from the HNQ network literally every single day since 2019/03/13. So far, this single moderator has removed 1655 questions (...
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Is Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow staff really interested in users' feedback? [duplicate]

After some years of enthusiasm about Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites, admiring the politeness of the communities and the effectiveness of the whole system, I finally stumbled upon a ...
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What does the “1” mean in the “moderator accepts moderator agreement” event in the user history?

Moderators have access to a list of events which happened to or because of an action by the user. One of those is "moderator accepts moderator agreement", and it has a comment "1 by&...
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How can a site without moderators start the process to get elected and/or appointed moderators?

In a chatroom, someone mentioned having trouble with an aged away spam flag on Ask Patents (the spam is still there as of the posting of this question, weeks after it was posted), and another user ...
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Improve/mute privilege notifications for elected moderators

Yesterday evening, I was elected as a ♦ moderator on English Language Learners. Today, I got my first upvote on the site since then, and the achievement inbox showed that I gained three new ...
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Are existing moderators allowed to stand in elections for reconfirmation?

A while ago, I noticed that existing moderators were re-nominating themselves for elections. In other words, the system allows existing moderators to nominate in elections (even though they are ...
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Introducing the Moderator Council - and its first, pro-tempore, representatives

When I was a moderator, I often referred to moderation on Stack Exchange as being a janitor: cleaning up spam, deleting non-answers, removing rudeness, and eradicating a seemingly-endless stream of ...
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Clicking on an admin link for a site where I'm not a mod displays the mod agreement page instead of a 404

When I click on a link to an admin page on a site where I'm not a moderator I see a Moderator Agreement page instead of a 404 page. Example (using my own UserID): Clicking on https://stackoverflow....
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Is it an abuse of power if a moderator edits a user's meta post by adding their objections against the post itself?

Recently, a diamond moderator of this math sub-site of Stack Exchange, added comments (see below) into a meta post that they objects against. (The edit was rolled back by the post maker later though.)...
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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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Moderators' role in profile deletion

When a user requests the deletion of their own profile, are moderators automatically informed about their request?
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Is it acceptable for a moderator to advertise their own products or services in their profile?

I know that mild promotional activities by users in their profile are generally allowed to some level of good sense, but I noticed that the profile of Mark Mayo ♦, a moderator at Travel Stack Exchange,...
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Are moderators required to write real answers to posts questioning their actions?

I understand moderators have a tough job but sometimes a normal user doesn't understand why their flag was declined or why their post was closed or deleted without sufficient explanation by a ...
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Why should moderators' Q&As show a diamond?

Why should moderators' user cards show a diamond (♦︎︎︎) when they post a question or answer or comment? I don't mean "why do they" -- the answer to which is, "because they're moderators" -- but why ...
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Is “Stack Gives Back” for 2019 going to happen?

Recognizing that I resigned right before the questionnaire should have gone out for Moderators to choose their charity, so I wouldn't have likely been asked to take part; I haven't heard anything ...
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Are moderators the appropriate representatives for a pro-tempore council?

In a variety of blog posts, ranging from the initial announcement of the Loop to this latest post, there has been mounting suspense regarding formation of a group of user representatives to discuss ...

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