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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Background from a striking SO mod who handled 10000+ GPT flags I’m a Stack Overflow moderator coming here to give more details on what management has said that’s helped caused me to decide to join the ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Here's a list of per-site meta discussions related to the strike (largely gathered from searching "is:q created:2023-05-30.. strike [discussion]" on stackexchange.com, sorted based on site ...
starball's user avatar
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

So far, this is the closest thing that we have to an official response from the company, found in an article on Dev Class. Speaking for myself, this is not a good start. The trigger for the current ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

Moderators worked with Stack Exchange to develop the GPT policy I fully expect that page to disappear soon so I'll paste it below. A few important things to take away from this policy: "While ...
Andy's user avatar
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

Also from that article: In a statement sent to Dev Class, Stack Overflow’s Beaudette told us: “A small number of moderators (11%) across the Stack Overflow network have stopped engaging in several ...
Ryan M's user avatar
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

Frankly, I find this quite frustrating. Stack Exchange already promised us a blanket no comment policy in 2019, then revoked that and replaced it with a more elaborate "no comment on individuals&...
Kevin's user avatar
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Power to the striking moderators! 100% support from us users. A Strike song for some inspiration... Having said that, I think the demands do not go nearly far enough. Like the opening post here said, ...
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

NOTE: This is addressed to SE Stack Overflow ran an analysis and the ChatGPT detection tools that moderators were previously using have an alarmingly high rate of false positives. Usage of these ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

This is my personal opinion and not necessarily representative of all of the moderators, curators, and users on strike. The first company response on Meta Stack Exchange was incredibly underwhelming. ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Mainly focussing on the title, with the statement that "Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers": That's wrong. Of course they can. Obviously. ...
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Request for a possibility to adjust the spacing between lines

I couldn't agree more with this proposal! I'm all for making the site more accessible - but it should be about making it more accessible for all. There's a fair bit of research showing that increased ...
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Dear SE, please stop disparaging the moderators in the press

They don't care about power users or mods or even take us seriously. This is illustrated by the fact that they don't reply properly to any concerns or queries raised whenever a situation like this ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

Reveal to the community the internal AI policy given directly to moderators. The fact that you have made one point in private, and one in public, which differ so significantly has put the moderators ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

This is peripheral to the question, but pertinent: I'm perplexed as to why the company is seeking to destroy itself in this manner. While a useful amount of AI output is reasonably accurate and useful,...
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Single "recommend deletion" action in Late Answers queue ends the review

I think you've uncovered a huge bug here in how these reviews are supposed to work, at least if I understand the handy-dandy review queues flowchart (from this post) correctly. Here's the Late Answers ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

I wrote a user style to hide the review queue, downvote, VTC, VTD, delete, undelete, and flag buttons/links.
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Can't delete the filter called My Filter

Adding details in hopes of getting developer attention. Reproducing the issue from a clean state. I believe this may be how to reproduce this issue. I can't verify, because I'm already in the broken ...
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Can we have a way to edit bounty custom message?

Several times now I've really, really wanted to edit a bounty notice now for moderation purposes. Today a bounty was flagged for using excessive emoji. The bounty was already well under way, and had ...
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Please make the canned feedback options in the new first questions/answers queues configurable per site

bug We got a canned comment asking for working code on RPG. Here is the comment. The answer was reviewed in the First Answers queue here. Staff Kristinalustig stated in this comment: The code-...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
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Please make the canned feedback options in the new first questions/answers queues configurable per site

First I want to confirm that Math.SE also gets a canned response referring to "working code and documentation citations" in the first answers queue, which is often inappropriate. The latest ...
Elliot Yu's user avatar
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Please make the canned feedback options in the new first questions/answers queues configurable per site

Code Review Code Review is a code related site. However Code Review is for asking "how can I improve my code" not "what is the answer to X" style questions, unlike much of SE. As ...
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Please make the canned feedback options in the new first questions/answers queues configurable per site

English Language Learners On ELL the canned comments aren't helping. Initially they contained references to "showing the code". However that may be fixed. But more fundamentally, the ...
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I can't see anything - Teams banner and cookie toaster obscure my whole screen

Yesterday a banner about Stack Overflow for Teams was made live and we've heard how this has been impacting community members' experience on the site. This coupled with some known bugs around the ...
Rosie's user avatar
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Trackbacks from SE to the arXiv.org?

This really should be implemented: it is good for the sites, it is good netizenship, people want this, and an implementation already exists. As far as I can tell - from any publicly available ...
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Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore, mistreat, and malign its volunteers

The purpose of this answer is to provide an indication of the financial motivation for SE's decisions. In all humility I would suggest that one cannot assign motive for any particular actions without ...
Carl's user avatar
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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 ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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When deleting as a sock don't move all accept votes to the Community user

When sockpuppet votes are explicitly removed, all cross-voting is removed including acceptances. (Acceptance is just another type of vote.) It would be logical, then for all cases of sockpuppet ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Custom close reason stats should link to the question(s)

Why this matters These stats are a great way to spot bad close reasons. Here's a sampling: I’m voting to close this question because. I’m voting to close this question because it should be closed I’m ...
Ryan M's user avatar
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Does the network minimum age requirement also include users without an account?

I am just trying to see if legally speaking the network can claim that any user under 13/16 years old is in violation of the ToS. Technically - yes... but I'm not really sure that it's intended to be ...
Catija's user avatar
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Can a user request to know if/when a moderator accessed their PII?

You can't trivially request to check when a moderator requested to view your PII. Even for someone with moderator privileges, or staff with moderator privileges or higher levels of access, they'd need ...
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