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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

I also flagged that answer, not because I disagree with its content (people are allowed to be wrong) but because of rudeness like: I am not calling Monica or her supporters bigots! - but this is the ...
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This star on the Warm Welcome hat looks like a communist symbol

Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I was (mainly) responsible for picking hats this year. When this hat was first introduced in 2014, there was a comment on the Secret Hats post from that year ...
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Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

I'm assuming that's not what "abusive" in this reason is referring to Abusive means what it says. Don't overthink this. Look... The problem folks have with these is that they see the pile of ...
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More needs to be done against anti-semitic posts on Stack Exchange

A voluntary organization consisting of passionate Stack Exchange users have built a bot named SmokeDetector, aimed at these posts that should be red-flagged (spam or abusive). We're aware of this "...
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Is making yourself appear (at first glance) to be a moderator acceptable behaviour?

No, it's not okay for a user to try to make themselves appear to be a moderator. There's a reason we strip out the unicode if someone tries to add a diamond to their user name, and that reason is to ...
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Cultural relativism and the "Offensive" flag

Context matters. In this case, the question specifically asks "Why are girls in Islam forced to fully cover their body in loose clothes and can't wear makeup?" and the answerer responds with why they ...
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This star on the Warm Welcome hat looks like a communist symbol

I think: you make a good point. Sure, you are upset, and thus your question comes over loaded. But that is the thing: even simple "icons" (symbols!) can have dramatic effects on certain people. And ...
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Cultural relativism and the "Offensive" flag

I'm a moderator on one of the religion sites (Mi Yodeya). We contend with possibly-offensive and actually-offensive posts fairly often. In my opinion and experience the guiding principle in handling ...
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This star on the Warm Welcome hat looks like a communist symbol

I actually share the frustration with this hat. This was the first hat I earned this Winter Bash, and before knowing it, I saw my avatar in this hat with a red star right in the middle. I almost hit "...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

This is an important conversation, and we’re likely to see these issues pop up again, so we thought an official answer here would help and decided to share our thoughts. First, the standards the OP ...
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Sexist Job listing on Careers

I think you are totally right. The latest podcast had an interesting interview with Roberta, and one of the subjects was sexist men that made the life of women in tech hard. I think a company, and SE ...
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Sexist Job listing on Careers

Thanks @jackslash for bringing this to our attention! Per the comments we've removed the section and we're reaching out to the client. In general, there are three ways to alert us of issues like these:...
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

The spam and R/A flags have the same mechanical effects on a post, so, in the end, it probably doesn't matter too much which of these two you use from that perspective (and an argument could certainly ...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

You "didn't get too far" because you were attempting to completely delete problematic posts by using suggested edits: In other words, you were using exactly the wrong tool for the job. ...
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Profanity in hot questions list

There's precious little value and plenty of potential harm from scattering vulgar language across the sidebars of the entire network. Not only does it irritate people, the titles also get indexed in ...
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Is it appropriate to display religious content even on non-religious SE sites?

Disclaimer: I'm an atheist and have no religious affiliations. I don't care whatever people do on their own community. We all have freedom of religion. But we don't have a freedom to force a ...
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This star on the Warm Welcome hat looks like a communist symbol

Stack Exchange is not trying to promote communism. As you can see in the Wikipedia article you linked to, the red star is used (more often than not) to symbolize other things than communism. Heineken ...
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Can we add a reputation penalty to comments that are removed for being Rude or Abusive?

I process a lot of comment flags. I really want to find a way to reduce the number of comments I have to deal with and even considering that, I'm hesitant to consider this a good solution. I'm ...
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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

I had a similar (custom mod) flag pending, though I formulated it slightly differently. The post was deleted before my flag was handled. Now, my flag is marked as "helpful", not sure if it was marked ...
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Is making yourself appear (at first glance) to be a moderator acceptable behaviour?

The user name field already has a filter that removes the Unicode ♦ character (and some look-a-likes) used to identify moderators. Users are not allowed to spoof this as part of their username. This ...
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Why are these comments considered acceptable on the site?

I really don't see any abuse here. In the first comment, I see a user who doesn't consider you a good mod. That's their prerogative and all they did is say so. They didn't insult you, they didn't call ...
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Cultural relativism and the "Offensive" flag

I'm not familiar at all with the Islam SE site, but I have some experience with the Christianity site. One thing they did that helps with this issue is that questions are generally expected to be ...
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Is offensive and rude language directed at you allowed in your profile?

We do not have a blanket "you can use whatever language you want in your profile" policy. While there's not an inherent problem with using a word in your about me through natural speech, when you are ...
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If a user suggests an edit that gets rejected as "spam or vandalism", does he/she lose 100 reputation?

No, this doesn't happen. I'm sure somebody would have noticed and/or complained about it on Meta, and it's not listed in any of the questions here, including the FAQ. It would take only 2 users (or ...
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Smoke detector bad keyword detection

One way to quickly see the reason for the report is clicking the "MS" link: (metasmoke) In your case it leads to this page where you can see this: Reason weight: 97 Bad keyword in body - ...
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Why was the recent question about where to ask questions about Metasmoke and Smoke Detector deleted so quickly?

In addition to those in the know, since it's a known problem user - there are two advantages. There's no specific user who is listed as deleting the posts, which is "safer" (since the troll ...
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How is this Stack Overflow Careers ad NOT promoting discrimination?

We've discussed listings like this in the past. It's not illegal unless they literally say they only are willing to hire people of a particular faith. It's not discriminatory to want to hire employees ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

This isn't kindergarten and we're not here to babysit everyone. This appears to be a form of (typically British-style) dry wit, combined with the use of a metaphor. The movie Snatch employs this ...
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How is this Stack Overflow Careers ad NOT promoting discrimination?

I see no discrimination here. This is a job advert for a religious organisation. They want everyone that aligns with their ideals to apply. Other adverts ask you to be passionate about their ...
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