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

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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 ...
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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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“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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Why should the accuser decide or be allowed to define confidentiality? [duplicate]

So there is a witch hunt, and the accusers are allowed to hide behind confidential curtains. How — or if — the outcome of such a meeting is shared with the broader community will be left to the ...
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Under new processes, Monica's removal should complete the Conduct Review, not request Reinstatement

It's been stated repeatedly that Monica will be able to apply for reinstatement once the new process is in place. However, it's also firmly agreed that no process was applied during her removal, ...
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Can we please stop tweeting questions for HNQs from sites with reduced moderation?

I understand there's an algorithm that tweets a question with a high number of views in (x amount of time). Two of the three mods on Parenting have suspended activity due to well known recent ...
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Is there any concerted action that could be taken to ensure that Monica not be forgotten in the discussion about the new policies? [closed]

I proposed one action (which I drastically edited in response to comments) that was not favorably received. I am now editing again, in response to further comments. I think I have adequately ...
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Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes

The Moderator review and reinstatement processes posted 21 October 2019 have been discussed with the moderators and the two posts below reflect the agreed process for removing or reinstating ...
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What is the process for reinstating a moderator?

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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What processes exist to issue formal warnings or remove moderators?

Please leave any feedback or questions about these processes on this other post. This post lists two process by which formal complaints against moderators are handled by the Community Management Team....
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A call for emergency moderation/tools on the sites that most need it

Can the community team please allocate emergency moderators to fill in temporarily on the sites that are suffering from lack of moderation? The behaviour is becoming rotten and it's destroying the ...
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How can the community take action to end the current crisis of trust?

SE is in a crisis of trust. Many members of the StackExchange network have lost faith in the company. Beloved volunteer moderators of many individual sites in the network have stepped down. The ...
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Moderator legal liability

I've scanned the privacy policy, terms of service, and moderator agreement and, so far as I can tell, moderators are fully and completely liable for any and every action they take in the process of ...
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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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What is on the mind of Stack Exchange management?

I can understand that as a for-profit and venture backed corporate entity, Stack Overflow Inc. has to make money and/or make a nice exit, even if it means ... antagonizing the very community that ...
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Please give moderators better tools to understand the interactions between two users

With the recent Code of Conduct changes (see the blog post, the FAQ), and even before this round of changes, there has been an increased attention on users interacting respectfully with each other. ...
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Why was a moved question deleted? Moderator to whom deletion is attributed claims they didn't do it

A question on archive.is on Web Apps appears to have been deleted, and deletion is attributed to a moderator, deleted by Sathyajith Bhat♦ 12 hours ago , however, they claim that they didn't do it (...
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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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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 ...
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What happened to the original four Meta Stack Exchange moderators?

In November 2018, Meta Stack Exchange received its first set of community moderators since the Meta Stack Overflow-Meta Stack Exchange split (which saw this site being renamed from the former to the ...
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How long does it take to resign as an elected moderator?

First off, I understand that the SE team is probably swamped right now. If they aren't, I do think that they really should be. Still, I posted about my resignation as a community moderator on Oct 1 ...
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Can we resolve the differences between statements by moderators and Stack Exchange with respect to recent events?

We've had a mixture of varying statements with regards to events leading to the removal of Monica Celio as a moderator. A statement and apology by SE does not match previous statements by moderators, ...
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Kings, Farmers, and Moderators

I spend most of my SE time on Worldbuilding and rarely post or even spectate over here. But after taking a three-month hiatus changing locale and jobs in the real world, I logged back onto SE only to ...
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A proposed turnaround plan after Monica's firing

The recent firing of a beloved moderator has created a crisis. Moderators are leaving. Users are up in arms. Much energy is expended in reading/writing/commenting on meta posts. More critically for ...
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Has Stack Exchange seen an outrage like the current one before?

Right now there's quite some stuff happening around the Stack Exchange network, and even spreading to outside the network itself with "The Register" covering it and other (more forum focused) sites ...
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What does the self-requested reinstatement of two Workplace moderators mean for the community? [closed]

After the flurry of moderator resignations and strikes this past week, two resigned moderators have recently asked to be reinstated (here and here) and are now active again. This is frankly ...
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Why do moderators behave as a separate, private sub-community? (i.e., why does the Teacher's Lounge exist in its current form?)

This is, of course, a response to [gestures broadly at everything]. One recurring theme in the discussions about these issues, reflected even in the headline of the article in the Register, is that ...
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What changes are needed to the Moderator Action Review Process?

As you may have noticed, SE staff have recently announced that the Moderator Action Review Process is being replaced by a new process. Now, the MARP seems to be written for purposes of removing a ...
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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 those who ...
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Are the meta mods overwhelmed?

I have had a flag pending for 20+ hours now. In the past flags have always been handled in under an hour. I understand that the current turmoil is generating a LOT of work - abusive language is flying ...
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Avoid “shipping” news on a Friday evening

We learned (or were painfully reminded, rather) to never ship at 6 PM (EDT) on a Friday. We didn’t follow that rule last week and as a result there was a lot of confusion over the weekend. Even more, ...
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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 ...
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Perhaps someone from the Stack Exchange Leadership Team should hold a town-hall meeting?

While Sara Chipps, the Director of Public Q&A did make a response to the Stack Exchange Community, it has been very negatively received and the featured tag isn't enough to keep it visible to the ...
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Publish a procedure for reinstating a removed moderator [duplicate]

As part of the follow-up to their hurried removal of Monica Cellio from her moderator position at six different Stack Exchange communities, Stack Overflow, Inc. has committed to "releas[ing] an ...