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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Your paragraph on "be honest" represents quite a departure from the way this was handled in the past by moderators. In most cases, the answer to suspensions has always been "no comment", regardless of ...
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What is considered acceptable feedback?

The linked question isn't stellar, but I fail to see how it's "made in bad faith". It looks like an application of Rule Zero, to be frank. The community doesn't like subpar questions, but it likes ...
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What is considered acceptable feedback?

What is considered acceptable feedback? For anything other than trivial "CSS is falling apart", first you have to ask yourself do you feel lucky? It might go right and it might go wrong. This place ...
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Does the Code of Conduct apply to off-site interactions?

I'm going to go with a hard no. SE's power ends at the bounds of the site. Any other interpretation leads to some staggering overreach and an incredible chilling effect. Think about it: if any site ...
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"Boilerplate" mod messages are "impersonal" and leave users "confused"

In an ideal scenario, two things would happen: The behavior that causes the suspension would be easily collatable and dropped into the mod message automatically (or as part of a workflow) The user ...
George Stocker's user avatar
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Why was I suspended?

It seems like you've identified something that may have been the problem. It seems it may have been a reasonable cause for suspension, but we don't know exactly what the issue was, so we have to ...
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Can we please get more information on the "network policy regarding AI Generated content" post?

Moved here as suggested by starball (the OP). Context: in response to What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? I strongly oppose this new policy I'm trimming the quotes slightly, ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I agree with this. Being a moderator is a higher responsibility than being an ordinary user; it should follow that moderators are held to a higher standard, and that there is an intermediate stage ...
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Has there been an increase in suspensions on MSE lately?

I was about to ask a similar question. Without going into too much detail, I would slam a big Yes on this first. Though, that's a very quick jump to a conclusion. I give this answer based on the ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Dukeling raises an interesting question: So is that 10% of suspensions in general or 10% of users who actively continued using their accounts post-suspension? It's approximately 10% of users ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

To somewhat play devil’s advocate, I am throwing an alternative into the ring that has not been discussed yet (forgive me if I missed something): TL;DR Let the voters decide, but steer inform them ...
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How do moderators decide how long to suspend users for?

There's a recommended escalation on suspensions (7/30/365) depending on how many times someone's suspended. This is totally worth a read Once you're done. Lets consider - there's a pattern of ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I tend to agree with this. The reason is, unlike content that you contribute to different Stack Exchange sites, the principles of moderation stay the same between them, for the most part. These people ...
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Please give suspended users an option to explain their side of the story on the meta site

I'm not a fan of this idea because it: Invites needless drama. Probably won't change many suspensions. Every now and then, a moderator makes a mistake when suspending a user. Maybe they ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

One of the main reasons we're in this mess is because SE chose to disregard one of the oldest most cherished rules in the network: we do not discuss the details of moderation actions in public. Can we ...
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User's suspension period has expired, but they're still suspended?

If a user is suspended until 2118 network-wide, SE is saying: go away; nothing short of cryogenic stasis can save you, and if you do that we don't promise to let you come back anyway. That's not "...
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I appealed against a suspension, but the appeal is still pending. Am I going to miss the election?

Even back when the Community Team had twice as many people on it, 7-day suspensions were pretty much never investigated. The standard timeline of events was always as follows: User is suspended. User ...
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Account suspension for 1 year - what to do now?

Moderators on Stack Overflow responded to you on multiple occasions about this, frankly many more times than we usually do for voting fraud suspensions. Here's the timeline: On December 29, you were ...
Brad Larson's user avatar
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

You don't need all these stats. Coordinated flagging of dubious posts and comments has been done and is still done by at least some of those that watch / visit the Tavern on the Meta. That is ...
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Getting information on why I was suspended after asking a question

The 'goodbye' moderator message was/is generally used when we're deleting an account for spam or nonsense. A quick look at your posts suggests you linked to a known printer support scam site (if you ...
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Moderator Suspension Guidelines: Is the increasing suspension time policy doing more harm than good?

I would look at suspensions not so much as a punishment for the person who is breaking rules, but as a way to protect the rest of the community from that person's behaviour. The first suspension a ...
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Let's disallow moderator nominations from people who've been suspended in the past year

I agree with this in general. I'd say if you've been so immoderate as to get yourself banned from an SE site, you need time to let bygones be bygones before you can be an undivisive candidate. There ...
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"Contact us"... and then what?

To begin with - sorry for the delay in response to your ticket. Regardless of my formal and informal explanation of the scenario below, a sorry is warranted here. We'll look into getting a response to ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

To address a few of the concerns from comments and other answers in no particular order: It's inappropriate to compare the penalty box with criminal justice. Well, yes. I agree. Thankfully the stakes ...
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How do I find out why I was suspended?

I'm the moderator responsible for this, so I can explain what happened. You first posted what appeared to be a follow-on question here in an answer to a Stack Overflow question. You then immediately ...
Brad Larson's user avatar
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

feature-request Reconcile with /help/mod-messaging guidance Currently the guidance for moderators at each site's /help/mod-messaging page says strongly that the content of moderator messages are ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
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Why not perma-ban instead of suspend an account for 275 years?

Simply put, because we don't have a perma-ban feature that just says "this account is banned forever" with no timeline for when it ends. We never thought we'd actually need something like that, and ...
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