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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 the amount of drama a suspension caused. My impression was that most moderators interpreted something into the guidelines from SE on this subject. Making ...


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No, I don't (personally) believe all previous actions of a user should become "Moderator actions" (capital 'M') once they gain that diamond ♦. From 1-reputation upward, everyone on this site is earning increasing abilities to perform various "moderator actions." The whole site is based on community self-moderation. But when a moderator earns that diamond ♦,...


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Splitting hairs, but BoltClock isn't a teenager. According to his profile he's 20. Regardless of anyone's age, every single active moderator has made mistakes. The more active we are, the more mistakes we make. (The proportion stays about even, but it's a numbers game.) Now back to our discussion. How come a moderator can suspend a user without any ...


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No, I didn't decide to start deleting your answers out of nowhere. You had at least ten spam flags across those answers and I was processing those flags. Looking at them, yes, you did disclose that they were your product, but the links didn't seem integral to the answer provided; the answers look like they can stand alone without the link/product mention. ...


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When you boil it down, we're really just unicorn yodelers. Cat yodeling is the act of gently, but firmly cuddling a cat in a manner that makes the cat somewhat uncomfortable in an effort to solicit a desirable series of noises. Unicorn yodeling, also known as moderation, is quite similar to cat yodeling except that the yodeler is a large human community ...


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Summary: It is NOT your job to actively go out and hunt this stuff down, but if you know a user is under 13, just click a few buttons so the team can handle it. As a Moderator♦ you are not an employee, agent or representative of Stack Exchange, so technically you are not "legally" obligated to do anything. But as a Moderator, you are also entrusted by ...


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Hmm... Lots of good discussion here already, but to answer the question you actually asked... NO. No, you can't have consensus on what flag you should use for "link only answers", because as Tim notes you shouldn't always be flagging them, as George notes there's no "one size fits all" flag reason for them, and as Anna notes they're quickly becoming a ...


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Should I always treat my mod close vote as binding and reserve it for extreme situations, or should I treat my close vote as "normal" when it's the fifth and final vote anyway? Neither. It isn't a vote. Ever. Don't treat it like one. When you see a post you think should be closed, close it. When you see a post you think should be re-opened, re-open it. If ...


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I thought this topic had been beaten to death, and that I was operating within the limits of established policy: It's been a couple of years since we last talked about this, so let's review the conclusion of the last discussion... And the aftermath. The conclusion The first thing you should've taken away from that discussion was the realization that this ...


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I purposefully waited a little while prior to answering this, and the tl;dr; version of this is I'm a sympathetic ear that thinks the question block worked in your favor. I'll address the suspension at the end of this post. Background Some years ago while our daughter was still quite small, she developed a hell of a fever. It was 108 (F), we took her ...


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Your flag says, "Possible Copyright Infringement," not "This post was plagiarized." Moderators cannot handle copyright claims. Copyright claims should be directed at SE corporate, as a DMCA Takedown Notice. Instead of making a copyright infringement claim, simply state in your flag "This post was copied from [link to url] without attribution." Moderators ...


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Of course, this is my own perspective, and I've only been a moderator a little more than a year. My typical day: For me, a good amount of my focus currently is on flags, flags, and more flags. We currently have 769 flags in the queue. We might be able to knock that down to about 200, and today, I'll probably handle somewhere between 200-300 flags. Some ...


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An opt-out for rooms you aren't in / have never been in seems reasonable to me. As a 10K user who was a regular in chat long before I became a moderator I can attest to how annoying out-of-band flags can be. The frequency of flagging in certain rooms has also increased, and at least in The Comms Room there's a generally negative attitude toward dealing ...


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My end game is to end up becoming a diamond moderator on SO. I'd argue that this is not the right attitude to have. Too many people look at being a moderator on one of the Stack Exchange sites as a trophy to be won, or some kind of badge of success. This has caused problems during previous elections on Stack Overflow, as high-rep users nominated themselves ...


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It's not your job to punish people; I can't find any other words but those to explain that to you. I am the Director of communities here at Stack Overflow because I quite deeply care about what the site means to, and has done for the world's developers. I care very deeply about how the site is perceived and regarded, which is why I find the events leading ...


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Meh. The deletions were completely justified IMO. All your answers had the form Take a look at this tool http://oblita.com/Interception to check whether it works at your situation. Even if it weren't your library, this would be a poor answer and in danger of deletion because: Answers consisting of just a link are discouraged. You are not explaining ...


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Every moderator is prone to mistakes, young or old. Everyone is also capable of maturity, teenage or adult. I do not believe that age is a factor that should be considered for a moderator. Note that revealing age isn't even required on the sites, so this really isn't even an enforceable metric to require of moderators. Moderators are required to sign a ...


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Obviously, asking good questions and giving good answers is one of the most important things. Actually, no. High rep is not an indicator of someone being a good moderator. What is? Meta participation, in particular on items to do with building up the community and how the network works Good communication with others - commenting constructively, for ...


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There's a long and very very honourable tradition of folks automating slightly more annoying moderation tasks, and to hasten handling of potential issues. By its nature, IPS has a tendency to attract chatty comments, and tools like this make life easier for moderators. In a sense, these are improved tooling for mods and engaged users, built by them, to help ...


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This came up in the chat yesterday (and no!, don't bother going there and discuss it — all you will do is annoy the regulars, because nobody spoke up in your favor) and I was appalled to learn that, after I escaped you spamming Usenet, I find you doing the same here. (I must have seen you doing this first sometimes in the in the 90s.) FYI: I went through ...


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A sufficient number of flags (in proportion to the number of upvotes on the comment) will automatically delete a comment. The person listed in the "show deleted comments" tool as the deleter is simply the last person who flagged. Any other flaggers are not listed, which honestly I find to be a bit odd - honestly it should either be listed as "Community" so ...


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The real solution to this is to simply expand the ability to cast standard close flags down to the reputation level where you can start flagging. It's my understanding that the reason for the 50-rep threshold is that at least one of the close reasons requires you to leave a comment, and 50-rep users cannot do this. Therefore, anyone under 50 rep is locked ...


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I have two major problems with link only answers. First - Stack Overflow is supposed to be the site where opening new tabs to finally find your answer stops. Granted, some answers basically refer you to specific documentation that is housed elsewhere, but all answers can at least summarize the linked resource in a way that: Someone looking for the ...


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Our stance on this is simple, but quite subjective. It's first worth reiterating that within reason, a user's profile page is their own domain. Given that: We like people being creative Profile pages aren't the most visible thing on the site To some users, their own profile is often the most visited thing on the site, so we want them to love it .. we like ...


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I agree with Robert. I think there's one important point he didn't mention, though: we were all new users at one point or another, unfamiliar with the special way Stack Exchange does things. Just because someone understands how to make good "Stack-appropriate" choices today doesn't mean he had that same understanding x years ago, when he first gained the ...


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That question received five moderator flags on four link-only answers that moderators subsequently deleted. I imagine that contributed to the decision to close it as Not Constructive. We can't babysit these things forever, you know. As to the justification for the closure, the OP is asking for examples, automatically making the question "List All the ...


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For reporting a problem You did not report a problem with any of the programs that Charcoal uses to manage spam. So if you think you have a problem please think again and find a more suitable place for your reports. You posted the following messages into Charcoal HQ (a room dedicated to combating spam on the SE network): https://chat.stackexchange.com/...


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Do not delete them on sight. These answers may not meet the quality standards of the site, but they are useful and valid answers. I can't tell you how many times I have said to myself "I need a regex for this common pattern. I think I'll Google for a comprehensive regex first before working on building my own", and find a great regex-only SO answer within ...


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