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

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How do you interact with a moderator?

Recently, there have been many unfortunate incidents relating to our moderators. Several have felt the need to stop moderating - others have (maybe) been thrown out (?). I have great respect for our ...
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Has a CM (specifically) gone back to being a mod before?

I know that some Stack Exchange site moderators have become Stack Exchange employees and then later left the company and gone back to being moderators on their individual sites. Sklivvz and Jeremy ...
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Please don't let Stack Exchange die [closed]

With the recent flow of moderator resignations, I am quite worried. I have no right to be as I myself have made a couple of trash questions in the past, but I just feel like a lot of people have a ...
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Unable to view Twitter because it's blocked in my country; what do Shog9's recent Stack Exchange-related tweets say?

Since Shog9 was a longstanding Stack Exchange employee, his opinions may give valuable insight into the future of Stack Exchange. Recently, it seems he has expressed his opinions on Twitter. But I'm ...
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Do we have a problem with hostile moderator resignation posts?

In a recent answer, Juan M ♦ mentioned that: Lately, we have had an increase of resignation posts that have served to host combative and hurtful words to attack Stack employees, other mods, and ...
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Moderator Resignations are now being un-featured early. Is this the only solution? Why can't we moderate them as usual? [duplicate]

Ex-Moderator Madara Uchiha's resignation notice was recently untagged as featured by a staff member, which removes it from the featured box on the related community's sidebar. This is rather early for ...
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Shog9 and Robert Cartaino are still listed as moderators in Area 51 Discussion

Based on the posts Thank you, Shog9 and Thank You, Robert Cartaino, they no longer work for Stack Exchange, and their moderator access was revoked from all the Stack Exchange sites. However, when I ...
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Can a site enforce its own rules above and beyond the Code of Conduct?

tl;dr version: May elected moderators on a specific Stack Exchange site ban users for doing things that the site's community disfavors but that are not against the Code of Conduct? The Code of ...
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May a diamond moderator utilize a second, non-diamond account e.g. to cast regular close votes?

This question is prompted by: Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote and Do moderators not have a way to just push a post into the close queue?. Basically, some ...
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On a small site, if almost all closed questions are closed using a diamond hammer, is this good or bad, and should anything be done?

On some smaller sites... Without pointing fingers, I've seen widespread diamond moderator closures, taken to the extreme where almost all closed questions are closed using a diamond hammer; not just ...
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What if Monica runs for Moderator in an open election?

There is an agreement between Monica Cellio and SE about the slander issues. And an offer to consider using the moderator reinstatement process? which everyone knew before the offer was made she ...
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Exactly which users PII do moderators have access to? [duplicate]

This recent question here on meta has brought to my attention something I never realized before - non-employee moderators have access to some tools that can disclose an user EMail address. Since I ...
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My question (which had an answer from a Stack Exchange staff) was deleted by a moderator, what should I do next appropriately?

I recently posted the following question on meta: Has Stack Exchange ever permanently kicked out (by the longest possible suspension) a high rep troll? (now closed and deleted by a moderator) Some ...
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Has Stack Overflow requested a retraction of The Register article?

Obviously, the details of the settlement with Monica are not public, but has SO made the public action of requesting that The Register's article about the mod situation be removed or modified to not ...
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What should I do if I see a new account from a suspended user?

Yesterday, a contributor (questioner) on a site was suspended for 365 days. That very same person, with a thinly veiled avatar change, returns today as if nothing has happened! It would appear that it'...
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What do the moderator tools and pages look like?

I am a fan of Stack Overflow, and I think the moderator system is brilliant. Although I am not a moderator, I am still very curious about what a moderator's life looks like. In particular, could I ...
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Make moderators edit and close threads instead of deleting them [duplicate]

My idea is: if a thread has prohibited content, the thread should be edited (by removing all content and replacing with something like "moderator edit" on the title, content and tags) instead of ...
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Checking in with moderators that suspended their activity

As of December 24th, 2019, there seem to be maybe 24 moderators who suspended activity and are still in that state as a result of the ongoing fiasco centered around SE's firing of Monica Cellio. ...
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SE fires mods, updates terms and invites to apply for reinstatement [closed]

In the post Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio, we were informed that Stack Exchange has made an agreement with Monica, that she can apply for reinstatement according to the new terms. How can ...
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Diamond on moderator profile page is hidden if the site has a long name [duplicate]

On the moderator profile page there were a diamond alongside sites they are moderating. It's hidden if the site name is too long. Is it a bug?
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Are non-diamond staff subject to the community-elected moderators?

It has been mentioned in several places (for example here) that not all employees of Stack Exchange receive moderator diamonds on the sites. Are non-diamond staff subject to the regular community ...
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Moderators on Area51 sites

I know that Stack Exchange sites need moderators. It takes quite a long time to get 10k reputation and because of this, I want to know if this limit is the same on Area51 sites. It seems, that public ...
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Why are moderators who become Stack Exchange employees required to resign as moderators as a condition of employment?

In an answer to a related question I asked yesterday, a Stack Exchange community manager said: Remember that when a moderator is hired as a Stack Exchange employee, they have to step down as a ...
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How exactly does the moderator inactivity process interact with employment at SE and employee moderator rights?

I had previously asked a question about the procedure for removing moderators who become inactive from moderating their site, and the answer basically boiled down to this: a moderator has to take at ...
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What information about users does SE software enable site moderators to see? [duplicate]

How does the SE software protect community user privacy specifically wrt site moderators? For instance, are moderators provided user account information beyond what is posted in user network profiles? ...
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What are the next steps we as a community should take?

It has been near three months now since the tipping point of the community. Many of us are still very not happy with SE. The situation with Monica is at an impasse SE has told us: "We aren't ...
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Will the upcoming moderator training be required, or optional?

The blog post Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening by Sara Chipps and Juan Garza on November 25, 2019, announced upcoming moderator training: Moderating communities is a skill, and one ...
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Has the October 2019 moderator reinstatement process actually been used?

In October 2019, a new process for the reinstatement of former moderators was released. Has any former moderator gone through this process far enough to receive a determination? If so, what do we ...
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Is there an organized community of moderators?

I understand how our moderators get elected, what they do, and so on. Beyond that, I know the moderator agreement, which basically clarifies the restrictions under which moderators operate, and that ...
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Have mods ever been a (potentially) powerful lobby?

Other mods are leaving as a sign of protest for recent and well-known facts. By now, mods resignations appear to be just ordinary business and common users have probably started to get used to it, ...
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Give moderators the power to add tag warnings

Although I'm reasonably experienced on Stack Exchange (8+ years of activity, 40 sites with 500+ reputation, 247k total rep) and have been a diamond moderator on one site for some 5 years, today I saw ...
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Is MSE understaffed in terms of moderators?

Background (skip if you don't like meta comments) I saw a post by Journeyman Geek stating (emphasis mine): Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on ...
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Does Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it?

There's an interesting Buzzfeed article: Bernstein, The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia, June 27, 2019. It shows striking similarity to the current happenings here. Quoting Cherry picking ...
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Why aren't moderators moderating but wait for high-rep users to do it?

I've noticed on a couple of sites that moderators aren't moderating their sites. They seem to be waiting for high-rep users to do it. Some close queues never get empty (even if there are less than 100 ...
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When migrating, moderators should be notified if a post with an identical title exists on the target site [duplicate]

Migrations are rejected if exact duplicates already exist on the target site. Shog9 says that moderators can override this. The implication is that they need to take some extra action to override it, ...
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What can we do about systemic lies regarding Monica's situation?

Specifically, looking at this answer posted on: What did Monica do to violate the CoC? (Wayback Machine link for users without 10k) It is accurate, contains references for all cited information, ...
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Moderators can't reset a user's network profile [duplicate]

Moderators have the ability to clear a user's profile on our site, if it violates site policy. We also have the ability to copy these changes to the user's profiles on other sites. However, doing ...
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What is the process regarding moderator inactivity removals?

As far as I'm aware, moderators can not only be removed voluntarily or for cause (following one of the two processes listed here), but prior to the publication of that post, there has also been a ...
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How can we improve the inconsistent tagging of the questions relating to the recent uproar and associated issues?

Question description There are many questions (~250 in the last five weeks) relating to Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community? ...
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Appoint chat moderators exclusively responsible for moderating chat

Currently, the way that chat moderation is set up, it relies heavily on site moderators moderating chat in addition to their main Q&A site. Moderators have some pretty powerful tools (freezing ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a responsibility to protect the rights of their volunteers?

The question is focused on the company's responsibility for taking action without just cause against an appointed moderator on Meta Stack Exchange (herein called SE). There is a moderator contract ...
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Does continuing to talk about Monica actually do her any good?

I think that the position of many users (reinstate Monica) and many mods (with resignations) is very clear about what should be done in her (Monica) respect. But I think this endless and somewhat ...
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A letter to SE Inc. - please protect our moderators

I care about moderators. They are here to make their community a safe and "happy" place. They help newcomers, and they make you feel welcome. They protect you against bigots and rude people. They tell ...
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Should we be taking legal action against the network for possible breach in labour laws with moderators

People need to argue the validity of whether or not the network is breaking the law and if this ok and what should be done about it. Discussion about my intentions, motivations or personality are off ...
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Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators?

Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators? I found a New York State Department of Labor - Division of Labor Standards Frequently Asked Questions document, ...
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How can we help Monica Cellio?

Monica's demotion as a moderator was in the words of Stack Exchange's CTO a procedural error . The consensus among witnesses and users is that the faulty process resulted in an erroneous outcome. ...
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Is peer-accountability permitted on meta.stackexchange?

StackExchange grants users the ability to use "Contact Us" at the bottom of the page to report issues with Moderators. I don't see a rule prohibiting questioning a mod's actions here. I have one ...
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Does SE have a disclosure form that moderators are asked to sign before beginning their volunteer work?

I read that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends the use of a signed disclosure form for volunteer workers. The article is called "Employing Interns" and is described as ...
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Is the Teachers' Lounge toxic, if so why?

To clarify, as described below. I have seen various mods in the past few weeks describe TL as toxic. I have also seen various accounts of very undesirable behaviour that goes on in there. However, I ...
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Let's say they reinstate Monica. What then?

I am sort of an outsider to all of this, and apologize in advance if this is a duplicate (but I could not find this question). I have a very simple-minded question. Let us assume that the company ...