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Spam Profiles are getting my goat. Could we have better tools for mods to deal with profile spam?

Maybe SE simply shouldn't publicly show profiles for users that have no interaction at all on the site. Users that have never voted, posted or done anything at all are just noise in the user listings ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
125 votes

Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags

Adam makes it happen! This is the new UI for flagging comments: (for reference this was the old UI) The first flag replaces the former "rude or offensive" flag; the last replaces "other". The ...
Shog9's user avatar
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123 votes

Make moderator messages anonymous

There is another reason to change this: the single name below the message sometimes gives the impression that the suspension was a lone decision by that moderator. While many suspensions are decided ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
101 votes

Spam Profiles are getting my goat. Could we have better tools for mods to deal with profile spam?

A further refinement to Ilmari Karonen's answer (which refines Mad Scientist's): make profiles of new accounts that haven't done anything visible only to logged-in users. This does a few things: ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
83 votes

Gold tag-badge holders and moderators can now edit duplicate links

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is an excellent power tool for us as gold tag badge holders. It makes our job of closing questions as duplicates much easier. I have personally often had questions which I closed ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
82 votes
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Make moderator messages anonymous

Update August 7, 2017 Part 3 has also been implemented. A user is provided with an option to contact us (/contact), after they have already responded to a moderator message and did not receive ...
Taryn's user avatar
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77 votes

Hot Meta Posts: Allow for removal by moderators, and thoughts about future improvements

What types of content from meta sites would you like to see surfaced on the main sites that is not happening now Something that cycles through a site's 'faq' tagged posts if there aren't any hot meta ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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64 votes

Hot Meta Posts: Allow for removal by moderators, and thoughts about future improvements

It might be interesting/useful if meta posts could "become hot" even when they're not new. For instance, the system could perhaps detect "bursts" of upvotes after a sufficiently ...
Ryan M's user avatar
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62 votes

CM escalations - How we got the queue back down to zero

This team does great work. I'm really proud of the creativity and devotion that Rosie and her team show every day. They do an amazing job of processing a huge number of requests from mods and ...
Philippe's user avatar
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58 votes
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What privileges and tools do staff members without a diamond have access to?

Here are the special things that a non-mod user with IsEmployee == true can do, and some special things that apply to all employees: On per-site metas, Meta Stack Exchange, and Stack Apps: Can add/...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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57 votes
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We need a dedicated plagiarism flag

UPDATE We've built and will be releasing a plagiarism flag on 22 March 2023 (on SO only). For more info, see this MSO post - Plagiarism flag and moderator tooling launching to Stack Overflow We can ...
Catija's user avatar
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51 votes

SE is breaking the reputation privilege system

Something worth considering is that if these 'new' users get to 200 rep without understanding the system, through 'lower standards' - we have a whole bunch of users without good mentorship, or an idea ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
50 votes

Community deletion of comments should raise a moderator flag

Raising another flag for every instance where a comment gets auto-deleted would tend to get very, very noisy. In the past 7 days, there've been 789 flag-deleted comments on just Stack Overflow - 755 ...
Shog9's user avatar
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46 votes

Gold tag-badge holders and moderators can now edit duplicate links

This is soooo nice! The most important sub-feature about this feature is the ability to finally add additional similar threads to the duplicate question. This does not necessarily need to be the ...
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46 votes

Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags

Repeating my answer on the old suggestion: no longer needed: this comment is obsolete, chatty or otherwise unnecessary Before this wording is cast in stone: The title No longer needed suggests ...
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Spam Profiles are getting my goat. Could we have better tools for mods to deal with profile spam?

As a subtle alternative to Mad Scientist's suggestion, we could simply add a noindex meta tag to the profile pages of users with less than some minimum amount (say, 5 or 10 points) of rep. This would ...
Ilmari Karonen's user avatar
43 votes

Please unlock “Fram's ban on Wikipedia…What can Stack Exchange learn from it?”

Discussions about ways to constructively resolve some of the issues SE has experienced should be on topic here. While there are many things that make SE unique, we are not so different from other ...
De Novo's user avatar
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42 votes
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Show both sides of the conversation on-site when a moderator contacts a CM

We're rolling out some changes to how these work. Aside from improvements to the way these appear in the users' histories, when clicking on the "mod" menu on a user's profile and selecting the "...
JNat's user avatar
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42 votes

Restrict moderator tools that allow mass dumping of user emails

Please, do not break this tool. I use it all the time because it is the only tool that lets me find users by patterns. I can’t count the number of sock networks I’ve cracked wide open with this tool. ...
Martijn Pieters's user avatar
41 votes
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Why is a moderator on one SE site allowed to change my username across all communities?

Yes, moderators can push changes to your account network-wide. They can't change your name to something arbitrary, only the default "usernnnn" format.* Why? Because, if you chose to use a ...
Shog9's user avatar
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41 votes

Please follow your own policies on making new policies

On the topic of "policies" on policies, answer posts to What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? got deleted with a staff comment saying: Deleting this because we don't ...
starball's user avatar
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40 votes
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SE is breaking the reputation privilege system

TL;DR: We are not going through with these changes unless the site's community specifically asks for it. The question of the GenAI reputation thresholds for privileges has caused some confusion and ...
SpencerG's user avatar
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37 votes

Drop "noisy" comment flags from the moderator queue unless an answer has 5 or more comments

Comments aren't any more useful just because they're few in number. Here's a few examples of short comment threads which I would flag on sight as a non-mod and delete as a mod, and on which flags are ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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37 votes
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Allow moderators to view close and delete vote history

We added the permissions for moderators to see close/reopen/delete/undelete votes of other users by going to their user activity page > [Votes] subtab > [All] tab. We hope it will help you ...
marrados's user avatar
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36 votes
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Show us who submitted offensive and comment flags

George's concern - and my concern, raised in a couple of places, elsewhere over the years - are still valid... Seeing who raises a flag stands a good chance of prejudicing the moderator handling that ...
Shog9's user avatar
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36 votes
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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
35 votes

Provide a way to determine which user is spamming stars in chat

Here I interpret star spamming as starring every message so that meaningful stars are drowned out and do not appear on the starboard, or repeatedly starring and unstarring messages to create ...
trichoplax is on Codidact now's user avatar
34 votes

Make moderator messages anonymous

I agree with this notion; you're doing your duty and you shouldn't be subject to harassment of any kind in the process of that. However, I wonder if it's fair to take it a few steps further. I'm no ...
Makoto's user avatar
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34 votes

Make moderator messages anonymous

I agree with this and I specifically disagree with Telkitty's view that this removes "taking responsibility with your actions". Our community moderators don't run for re-election. They're volunteers ...
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