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Are Mods on all sites aware of and able to handle the mass defacing/deletion attempts by users unhappy with the OpenAI announcement?

I would strongly encourage folks not to spend a lot of time and effort trying to detect this stuff. Flag what is obvious or obnoxious. It is impossible for normal users to vandalize a post such that ...
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Is posting a screenshot of a deleted post against the rules?

It's not against the rules if you aren't stirring up trouble by a deletion that was blatantly justified, according to the Help Center: Viewing deleted posts You now have privileged access to posts ...
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Restrict the delete/undelete vote privilege to once per post

This was an interesting one! Now, if a user has a vote (deleted or not) of the same type (Delete or Undelete) on a post, they won't be able to vote that same type again. In other words: If a user ...
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Make viewing deleted posts and vote counts more widely available on Meta SE

We have lowered the rep threshold from 1,000 to 100 on MSE for viewing the vote distribution. We agree that it makes sense that users on MSE can see the vote counts without having to set up user ...
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Why are self-deleted posts not shown in the 10k Tools?

I agree. Moderators can access a list of self-deleted posts, but as a moderator I want the community to be watching over deletions, not just mods. 10k users would be able to see those posts if they ...
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Allow banned users to see their own deleted posts

There is a slightly convoluted workaround for finding most of your deleted posts, which doesn't require the 10,000 reputation necessary for using the deleted:1 search operator (of course, those users ...
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Are moderators now allowed to delete ChatGPT-generated posts?

One often finds that ChatGPT posts are... often nonsense, or of very low quality. "100% ChatGPT generated" is difficult. We're allowed to delete for low quality, some degree of ...
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What is the policy for DMCA takedowns, and what can we expect in terms of transparency regarding the removed content?

Last time our attorney attempted to explain this to me, it was along the lines of "the law does not allow us to question the DMCA" and that we have to take action, and it's the responsibility of the ...
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I want to reply to a mod commenting on a locked post. How?

I want to reply to the mod commenting on it after deletion. How can I do this? You don't. Mods can comment on deleted posts so that they can explain why the post was deleted or otherwise assist the ...
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Make viewing deleted posts and vote counts more widely available on Meta SE

The request has some merit (so I've upvoted it), but in a sense it's already happening. Traffic on Meta Stack Exchange is three times the usual, and users are upvoting (and downvoting) much more often ...
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Community Shielding mechanism?

At the end of the day the buck needs to stop somewhere. Someone has to make a decision on what belongs and what doesn't. I guess an important question is who decides what belongs and what doesn't. ...
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Has Stack Overflow removed any accounts or content linked to Russian influence?

While we don't generally go into details - as far as the mod grapevine goes I've not heard of any such thing. We would certainly be buzzing over something like this happening. Admittedly most of the ...
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"This post is hidden" but it's not

You see this because you have earned the access to moderator tools privilege. If you don't want to see those posts, you can do one of those things: Waste reputation until you have less than the ...
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How do I remove my contributions from Stack Exchange, in the event of a license violation?

First, there needs to be a license violation. The use of intellectual property in training AI/ML models is still an open legal question, at least in the United States. Historically, text and data ...
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Are moderators no longer able to add comments on deleted posts?

According to SO developer Adam Lear (ref), this was not an intentional change. The devs were doing some work in that area which introduced an error in permission checks. Apologies for the ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Make viewing deleted posts and vote counts more widely available on Meta SE

I rather deleted posts on Meta be visible to all users with high rep on any site, as it is better than people posting images of deleted posts (including on Twitter). At present, due to these posts ...
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Should any flag on an eventually-deleted post be marked as helpful, even if it was declined by a moderator?

No. Different flags are used for different purposes, and have different effects within the system. For instance, spam flags carry heavy reputation penalties and contribute to spam-blocking systems ...
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Are moderators now allowed to delete ChatGPT-generated posts?

Yes, moderators are allowed to take action on AI-generated or assisted posts within certain guidelines. However, the backlog of flags from during the strike was significant, especially on SO, and many ...
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Clearing red flags shouldn't undelete a post that wasn't deleted by flags

The tool you used - named "clear rude or abusive/spam flags" - does a lot more than just dispute pending flags and undelete the post. Before we start messing with it, let's consider the purpose it was ...
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Change the word delete to hidden

Someone saying "hidden" makes me think of posts scoring -3 or lower, which are faded to make them harder to read - or of spoiler markup. Both things that hovering clears up. Additionally, &...
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Why is it (is it?) important to make it hard for banned users to check their deleted posts for 6 months (as opposed to 60 days)?

Honestly, as a moderator, I don't really see the problem with letting users see their own deleted posts on their profile, with two exceptions. I'd love to have spam/abusive posts hidden on profiles, ...
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Why can't users permanently delete their own posts forever?

It is easier, from a technical point of view, to only soft-delete records in a database. There is much less to worry about breaking referential integrity. Also better to have all the history if you ...
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Should I be able to read/interact with a deleted post?

You only see this when the post wasn't deleted at the time you loaded the page, but was deleted after you already loaded it, so it's relatively rare. (Unless you're an active Charcoal HQ member, that ...
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200% of posts with this tag?

Did a bit of digging Got Adam to do a bit of digging and found that I was both correct and incorrect! This is a caching issue but it's not related to the tag engine specifically. So... here we go: ...
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Why is a user's reputation re-calculated when one of their posts is deleted?

To an extent, the reputation system is supposed to be self-regulating. Upvoted posts flow to the top, downvoted ones go to the bottom, and sufficiently negatively scored posts can be deleted by the ...
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Conditions for keeping reputation in case of post deletion

It's actually very simple: you get to keep the reputation if the post has a score of 3 or higher is deleted 60 days (1440 hours, 86400 minutes) later than its creation timestamp. It doesn't matter ...
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Can't unfollow deleted post

A user’s Activity > Following tab will now display posts that the user followed which were subsequently deleted (deleted status shown through row background color and a text label). Note: deleted ...
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How about having the mods / admins document why they deleted a post

As you can see, this is a case where everyone wins. There's literally no reason not to do it. Yes, there is. On sites like Stack Overflow, there are so many flags per day that it's not reasonable to ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Can we have a way to distinguish between deleted and undeleted posts on the review history page?

Great suggestion and thanks for the mockup Shadow. This shipped on prod and now looks like this when viewing deleted posts that show up in the review task history:
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