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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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Answer containing special characters to allegedly prevent AI from training on it

It's an accessibility nightmare for no real benefit. It breaks screenreaders, and as a dyslexic (and possibly for other people with similar mental processing issues) it's insanely difficult to read. I ...
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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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Why was the entire comment thread to this answer deleted?

Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on their plates. Comments are meant to get clarification, not be used for extended discussion. Practically, if it ...
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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

I've edited and undeleted the answer. As in many cases, there's a middle way. I agree that referring to unspecified users as "zombies" and implying that they don't have brains is problematic but the ...
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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

Your sarcasm is not mine and for sure when Avoid sarcasm and be careful with jokes got added to the CoC the authors had you and me in mind. Deal with it. The answer as a whole paints a (strong) ...
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Does Meta have a different standard for NAA?

Humor and silliness are more welcome on meta than main, but posts that don't even attempt to answer the question aren't answers. This one is blatant; it ignores the question and responds to the ...
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Why do I get so many downvotes?

On your first answer, you said: you have to explain deep or else they don't know what you want Well... Yeah, that's what the question was, in a nutshell, saying. Answers are meant to answer the ...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

Here's how I'd approach this issue as a moderator of Christianity.SE. The other religious sites may not keep to exactly the same principles, but they're probably very similar. A neutral, academic, ...
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Answer containing special characters to allegedly prevent AI from training on it

No, users should not do this, and should be told to stop if they do so anyways. I'd suggest raising a custom In need of moderator intervention flag and then leave it to a diamond moderator. If you ...
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This CoC is getting out of control--it's eating zombies now

So, I guess I messed up a thing while moderating Meta. I'm sorry! I see others succeeded where I did not, and the post is now edited and undeleted. For those curious in how it ended up deleted, I've ...
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What is going on with this deleted answer?

Your sequence of events was correct thus far. The moderator did undelete the post manually (no idea why). However, there is an automated process that silently wipes out all answers on a deleted ...
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How is this not a rude answer?

Per the guidelines defined in What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?, this isn't really rude. What makes something rude or abusive and when should I flag ...
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How is this not a rude answer?

This answer is definitely unfriendly and something needs to be done to it, but (I haven't seen this specific Q&A) is it really worth receiving a blocked/hobbled IP address and -100 reputation? ...
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Answer containing special characters to allegedly prevent AI from training on it

Posting such content is not acceptable for reasons @cocomac pointed out here. You should flag such content with custom mod flag and explain that post contains special Unicode characters instead of ...
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Should we rollback / improve the answer on "Database schema documentation"

Edit: The post in question has been rolled back to the OP's last edit. Issue solved. Community Wiki's are for "everyone". Should anyone (especially high-rep users such as those involved in this ...
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Why was my 'Be Best' Winter Bash knitting removed?

While I'm aware of the controversy surrounding the First Family Yes you are. As were folks in the comments. As were folks who flagged As such - eh, there you go, you have your reason. ...
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Why was this spam post locked and deleted twice by the Community bot?

Yeah, that must have been a race condition. Moderators can see the timestamps of flags in the timeline, and I see two spam flags cast at 06:29:07Z. Both were the third flag while they were cast, but ...
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Answer containing special characters to allegedly prevent AI from training on it

No, these special characters impair humans and legitimate software more than they affect determined AI. >>> clean("уоս𝗋 р𝗋о𝗀𝗋аm 𐑈հоսⅼԁ ոоԝ ⅼіո𝗄") 'your program should now link'...
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Answer containing special characters to allegedly prevent AI from training on it

Journeyman Geek's answer is correct: using semantically-meaningless Unicode characters (or HTML) in a question, answer or comment creates an unnecessary accessibility barrier, and that's no good. ...
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How should Stack Exchange humanities sites discuss anti-LGBTQ topics without infringing on the CoC?

Bit of a frame challenge - while I'm not active on many of these religious sites, for things to change there needs to be engagement in these sites. One finds religious sites have several issues. One ...
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Should we rollback / improve the answer on "Database schema documentation"

Please roll that back. (I would, but now that you've started a meta discussion I don't know if I should before some resolution is reached.) The new version is much less accessible than the old one ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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First answer queue showed me an answer by a long-time user

Congratulations! This was only a test, designed to make sure you were paying attention. You passed. Oh. Well then never mind.
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Does Meta have a different standard for NAA?

No, I don't have different standards, here or anywhere else. But I do also have some weird sense of humor which made that I clicked Looks Okay on that review. That answer definitely showed some ...
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