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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role?

Some people have a diamond after their username (e.g. Michael Myers ♦) What special privileges do diamond moderators have? How can I become a diamond moderator? Who are the diamond moderators? How ...
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Who is on the Community Management Team, and what do they do?

The members of the Community Management Team (sometimes referred to as the Community Team or CMs) are employees of Stack Exchange the company, but not all SE employees are Community Management Team ...
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What recourse do I have if I believe a moderator has abused their privileges?

One or more of the following things happened to me on a Stack Exchange site: My post(s) were wrongly deleted or locked by a moderator A moderator posted a wrong comment on one of my posts I was ...
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Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
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Handling Calls to Remove a Moderator [duplicate]

This discussion informed our process for seven years, but eventually required updates and augmentation. For discussion regarding the successors to this process, please see: Feedback post: Moderator ...
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Dear Stack Exchange: a statement and a letter from your moderators

Dear Stack Exchange, Inc., We know you know about this already, so we'll keep this brief. The past two weeks have been rough. Lots of moderators have lost confidence in you; for some, it was the final ...
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Flagging a post for moderator review

Suppose I want to have someone with moderator abilities review a post. What would be the best way to flag this? Is there already some standard way to do this that I don't know about? For more ...
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What is the process for a moderator to request reinstatement or appeal a removal?

Please leave any feedback or questions about this process on this other post. From time to time, moderators will step down or be removed from their positions — they may have expressed their wish to ...
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Moderator Cheat Sheet

As an alternative to the other FAQ format being fleshed out here on Meta Stack Exchange, I'd like to propose something far more terse that covers the bare essential mechanics of being a moderator. ...
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What processes exist to issue formal warnings or remove moderators?

Feedback and questions about these processes are on this other post. This post lists two process by which formal complaints against moderators are handled by the Community Management Team. The ...
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Summing up the main issues (The Story So Far)

Could we have a neutral summing up of the issues (without any editorializing)? I will attempt to do so in an answer, big picture style. Or you could think of this as "The Story So Far" for ...
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Differentiate between employees and moderators [duplicate]

My understanding of who has diamonds: All moderators have diamonds on the sites they moderate and their respective meta Stack Exchange employees have diamonds everywhere they're needed Right now, ...
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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators!

We're really excited to announce the appointment of three new community moderators to Meta Stack Exchange! I know this might come as a really big surprise to some, and I can't wait to talk about it, ...
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Lock posts by default, when deleted by a moderator?

If a moderator deletes a post, but forgets to lock it, then the owner can simply undelete it. Shouldn't posts that are deleted by a moderator be locked by default? (A spam answer on Super User was ...
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Full list of Moderators

While having a little chat tonight with studiohack over at Super User, he made a comment about how we have around 150-200 moderators on SE total. I thought about this for a moment, and realized that ...
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Allow diamond moderators to comment on deleted or locked items

Moderators should be able to comment on things after normal users are unable to, such as when a post is deleted or locked. As a moderator on Programmers, I try to leave a comment (if necessary) before ...
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Moderators should not close crap, flamebait questions, let the community [closed]

When a moderator comes across a question that deserves to be closed, they should not. This should be left to the community to handle. Here's a fresh example right out of the Stack Overflow oven: "...
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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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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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Why is Stack Overflow - and Stack Exchange in general - so scary?

I have been an SO user for quite some time and not an entire dimwit when it comes to my languages of choice. SO is a very useful resource and has helped me out of a pinch many a time. However, when it ...
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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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Allow Monica to have a structured conversation (à la mediation) with SE leadership

I read a recent comment by Monica Cellio that said perhaps an actual conversation between a person in authority and Monica would be a good first step. SE isn't taking my calls; I can't initiate that. ...
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Meta's moderators are very shy

Post-split, Meta's moderators are (we've been told) the CMs and maybe a few other employees. And, sure enough, those folks have diamonds. However, something's missing: Where are all the moderators??...
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Nominations: New Stack Overflow Moderator [closed]

blog.stackoverflow: Stack Overflow 2010 Moderator Election Begins Based on the traffic volume, it's crazy that we have so few Stack Overflow community moderators relative to the site's size and ...
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When do moderator elections take place?

I'm really confused on this. I have no idea on several things: When do elections begin? Is there a set time each year? Do elections actually take place each year? Can I vote? Where do I vote? ...
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Please provide a Moderators table in the Data Explorer

Moderators are special, privileged users who should serve as an example to the rest of us. Therefore, it is natural to want to query behaviors and statistics about these model users, Like I did, for ...
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New queue for moderators: questions that appear stuck in close votes review at SO [duplicate]

Suggest to setup a dedicated queue for moderators to review questions that hang in Stack Overflow CV queue for more than specified amount of time - say for 5, or 10, or 20 days, or maybe for a month. ...
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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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Annotate user accounts network-wide when they get rate-limited or banned

A while back, I proposed giving moderators limited moderation privileges on closely related sites, but it didn't get very much love. However, this is something that still would be really helpful: ...
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Moderator Accountability Request

This evening I was contacted by a community member who felt my moderator-activity was too frequent. This is following the closing/migrating of several questions. Being a new moderator, I'd like to ...
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How to best handle the “Possible vandalism of own posts” flag?

I got a moderator flag saying, "Possible vandalism of own posts; multiple deletions in a short time"; the user is one of my stronger users. The deleted answers are all over a month old. The flag ...
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Do moderators earn a salary?

I just wonder if moderators earn any money or earn a salary for being moderators - or do they do it just to help out on the site?
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Do 23,000+ tags need tag database editors?

In less than one year, StackOverflow has accumulated 23,305 tags (as of this post). Should higher-end moderators have an interface to rename, combine, and delete tags at the database level (i.e. ...
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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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What is the point of a 30 day account suspension?

The blog post says account suspensions will be from 2 to 7 days. "...if the problem behaviors continue beyond the timed suspension, your account is very likely to be permanently deleted." ...
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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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Ability to flag locked posts

When you lock a post, you also lock out users from being able to flag for moderator attention on said post. It would be a useful feature to allow flagging from the post if something has changed or ...
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Aren't moderators eligible for the Deputy and Marshal badges too, or has it changed?

I've been, ahem, farming spam/offensive flags due to a bug related to handling spam/offensive flags (which has since been fixed). In doing so, I noticed I haven't received the Marshal badge, despite ...
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Should moderators be allowed to decline flags on their own comments?

I think I just witnessed a moderator decline a flag raised on his own comment. (I'm hesitant to discuss specifics unless I have to, as I don't mean to put anyone in a negative light.) Since there are ...
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Is it possible for moderators to review more than the daily limited count? [duplicate]

W.K.T, any user(with more than 2k rep) can review 20 suggested edits per day. Today I saw the newly appointed moderator minitech reviewed more than 20. Is it possible for moderators to review more ...
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Significance of the users like 'user<random number>' [duplicate]

It's been more than a month since I have started using stackoverflow. It has these users with user names in the format of "user-random number". I have observed them in some of the stack activities, ...
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What did Monica do to violate the CoC?

According to SO, they removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to accept our CM’s repeated requests to change that behavior. As Monica says, ...
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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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Can a fired moderator be elected as a moderator?

While this question is inspired by recent events, it is an independent question and not tied down to any specific moderator or situation. There's precedent for a moderator who resigned their diamond ...
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Diamond moderator privileges vs. 10k rep privileges?

As we are in election period, I don't get the difference between getting to 10k reputation point and the diamond. What additional controls do you earn with the diamond ?
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List of past moderators

I am aware that is was asked to have full list of moderator and completed, however I couldn't find anywhere any indication of past moderators e.g. someone who was moderator year or two ago but no ...
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Require migrated questions to be accepted by the destination site's moderators

Based on feedback from sites which have unsuitable questions handed to them from other sites (for example: Please stop using Programmers.SE as your toilet bowl): Would it be possible to require that ...
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Do moderators see the previous versions of edited comments?

I think it could be a useful feature. From an experienced usage of the site, I have the impression as if they didn't see that, but I am not sure. I know about Moderators should be able to undelete ...
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What to do when people with very high rep are completely changing the meaning of a question?

First this question is not a dupe of: Mark a user as not being able to edit your question Though the upvotes show it's an issue: I'm not seeing things. My question concerns specifically someone ...

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