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Moderators are users too, and like users should not be subject to personal attacks. When that happens the Code of Conduct is being violated. As a moderator, I am not required to respond to any question asked of me in the area reserved for questions, or as a comment on a post. However, when asked, I will always try to explain any action I take on a site, ...


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However, some moderators may not be too inclined to explain their actions because they feel cornered The main problem IMO is that it can be or become very time-consuming. My question is, do SE guidelines mandate that moderators explain and defend their actions (when asked nicely)? No, they don't. Theoretically a dissatisfied user could contact a CM, or ...


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We're accountable to the community - and often responding to and dealing with enquiries with meta to a reasonable extent is part of that. As volunteers we're spending our free time to help our communities and sometimes that time might be prioritised elsewhere than a specific issue. In some cases we might find that, well there's a certain underlying ...


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Should I refrain from flagging "didn't downvote" comments if they came with constructive criticism? Since this is one of the intended purposes of comments: Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; unless the post has been edited to address that criticism, the comment is useful and it should not be flagged. "...


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I don't think you are getting a quantifiable answer on this question. That is not how the procedure was intended to work. Proof: suppose every feature-request or bug with at least 10 upvotes and at most 30% of that as downvotes in the first 24 hours after posting the question would qualify. If that was the case, they would have built an automatic flag for ...


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According to a Stack Overflow moderator, their account has been suspended on Stack Overflow. That means they're not allowed to post on (Meta) Stack Overflow, and migrating the question might even fail. I'm not sure about the timeline between your flag and that comment, but whenever I see somebody posting about a removed account, I consider that scenario as a ...


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Some guidance about handling flags can be found in this rather old newsletter: Flags should be closed as [helpful] under most circumstances. If you feel strongly that a question was flagged in bad faith, it is okay to mark it [declined]. But try to err on the side of clearing as [helpful] whenever the user is trying to be genuinely helpful, even if you do ...


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It's right there: 'needs improvement' is the new 'should be closed'; the options are still listed in the same order. Choose 'A community-specific reason', which is the new 'off-topic': The 'blatantly off-topic' option will be displayed, though I usually choose the first option:


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Quite simply... There's not much an SO mod can do about a deleted account. You would need staff to take a look. While they can clarify, account deletions are probably something that needs to be handled delicately SO mods were aware from the comments - so migrating it wouldn't help visibility. As such MSE mod intervention wasn't needed, and I'm unsure what ...


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It's like in real life. A judge or a policeman is sometimes criticised for decision or actions and people want to get explanations. Many things are opinion or experience based or depend on the perspective. Keep in mind that there are people out there that don't care about other perspectives at all or are not trying to understand certain decisions because of ...


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You need to select Needs Improvement. This will bring up a new set of options (most of which should be familiar): Selecting A community-specific reason then gives the options you were looking for:


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And in the event the community doesn't agree with their actions are they obligated to reverse their actions? Or all are mod decisions final? In most cases moderator decisions to close can be overturned by the community voting to re-open. Sometimes the re-open vote is started and it gets enough votes to open, sometimes it does not. In many cases there ...


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