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We didn't have a policy here; we do now: "no comment." This is the first time that we've been asked to comment on a quote concerning a moderator, and reporters aren't always very forthcoming. So we've codified "no comment" as a policy and will operate using it going forward. Moderators are free to talk about their circumstances to anyone they feel should ...


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"The main thing I will tell you, ultimately this company is all about the community we have," Chandrasekar said. "If we did not have our community, we would not exist. It's very much part of our DNA." Nice. If you now please consider acting like you really meant that, please, maybe? Okay, seriously: I see nothing in that article that would actually matter ...


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Until today, the policy was that (within reason) we could put anything we want in our profiles. Has that position changed? Because if it has, I guess we must finally sanitize Welbog's profile. It's clearly offensive to some. For the record, I find Welbog's profile hilarious.


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Unless I'm mistaken, this is still the current guidance on what's allowed in user profiles. And while I find myself struggling slightly to suppress my skepticism, I'm willing to assume good faith anyway. So I'll take you at your word that you were not being deliberately provocative and offensive in your choices, and not being deliberately disingenuous in ...


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This link seems to work: Stack Overflow helps millions of developers do their jobs every single day. Its new CEO says the next stage of its growth is selling to businesses. Rosalie Chan - October 14, 2019 In September, Stack Overflow, a popular website for developers to ask and answer questions, announced Prashanth Chandrasekar, who comes ...


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The reinstatement process is a red herring with regards to Monica's situation. SE did not follow their own removal process (It didn't exist then, granted, but still). This wasn't an emergency removal (nobody has claimed that) from this should follow that if not null and void, her removal must be re-examined de novo* before any sort of justice can claim ...


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If Stack Overflow, Inc did this to an employee, they would be in violation of employment law and it would become a case of criminal wrongdoing. The company would face fines and punitive measures, as well as a thorough investigation into their employment practices. Unfortunately, moderators are volunteers and have little to no federal or state protection. ...


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No please I'm writing this with a throwaway account (mods can see that the email id is some temp-mail nonsense) because I don't want it associated with my main account. I generally don't write on meta because I associate my account with my academic/professional life, and I feel that meta activity is a bad fit. I use my main account for votes only here. I ...


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I've followed several sites in the Stack Exchange family for a few years now, and this question encapsulates my extreme disappointment with SO through all of this. Although Shog9 has relayed some useful information here, the fact remains that we're 2+ weeks past The Register's harmful article with no hint of a retraction & public apology in sight. ...


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It's a "Business Insider" article from a business executive to be read by other business executives and people that think they are. It's an article written for people in suits that wouldn't know the internet existed if not for their fancy stock trading app. That article has zero relevant information. It's phrases to get people to know the brand name. It ...


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No one can get the necessary individuals to answer this question, so I'll just leave this here. Sara Chipps has damaged the trust of the community in Stack Exchange, Inc. We as users cannot trust that she or another employee of Stack Exchange will follow any policy about what information they will give away or what they will say to the media when asked. ...


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(source) Those are the words we like to hear. Now it's time to act on them.


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I used to view freedom as a license to do pretty much anything that wasn't illegal or unethical. If someone else was bothered by it, it was their freedom to be bothered or not bothered by whatever they chose. They could choose to react differently to it; there was no requirement for them to react by taking offense. Until the shoe was on the other foot. ...


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Now that you mention it, I just realized something. Our network accept users as young as 13 years old if I remember correctly. So, that would mean that we are serving online casinos ads, fake "snake-oil" drugs ads, dating sites ads... to a community that by our own admittance includes 13 years old users. That's... fine with us I guess? More seriously. I ...


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A refinement of the FAQ comments (this is why they're comments not actual FAQ questions/answers)... It's one thing for someone to add their pronouns to a new post. If they volunteer them, we're asking that you leave them - for now. This is considered a temporary situation while we review our tools and see if there's a way we can easily support pronouns ...


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Some sort of automated rep barrier is definitely tempting, but I am concerned that it would catch way too many false positives; I've seen a lot of folks mention in posts or comments that this is their first time using Meta, and they were drawn in by the ongoing debacle that at this point has reached throughout the entire network (even folks on some of my ...


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Very High probability that it's a scam. https://swissmedica.startstemcells.com is the one linked to in Googeladds URL. The domain registration runs out on 6th of December this year: Registrar URL: http://tucowsdomains.com Updated Date:2018-11-06T13:21:33 Creation Date: 2012-12-06T11:37:05 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-12-...


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You can engage as you wish. Comments and edits are meant to help improve your post - and help others by improving your post. Technically - SE dosen't get any additional benefit from this. It costs them a few lines in a DB. If you're so concerned about SE making money off your content, do consider that the very act of posting an answer gives the company ...


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Flagging something is probably the way to go in that situation, as that will identify the trolls in a much more targeted way. Going through accounts who joined the conversation around the time of the CoC changes as a worst case could lead to the deletion of accounts that were made by the LGBTQ+ community in order to not out themselves on their main account, ...


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Unfortunately the situation got picked up on Google News by least two questionable websites, so it's quite likely that we are going to see some more troll activity than usual for awhile. It really might be a good idea to require accounts have some sort of history on the network for a little while.


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Take these as you wish: In Switzerland, investigations led in recent months by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic) led to authorities to ban two clinics, Med Cell Europe and Swiss Medica, from offering these treatments, and to identification of Intercare as a brokering service. While Stem Cell Europe has ceased all activity in ...


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Developers hate traditional ads -- think cheesy videos or heavy animations -- so you’ll never see those on our site. And Per IAB terms and conditions, Stack Overflow reserves the right to reject ads that are deemed inappropriate for our community And Advertising to them about a relevant product or solution doesn’t disrupt their workflow. In fact, ...


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Is such behavior considered correct? No, it isn't; it's utterly unacceptable. If you see behaviour like this, flag the user for moderation attention (they're not likely to stop if you leave a comment). The Help Center clearly states when it's appropriate to make an edit: Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged - try to make the post significantly better when ...


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Moderator Conduct Review Process: From time to time, a moderator on one of our sites may violate their moderator agreement, or the company standards for behavior as documented in our Code of Conduct. Such behavior may eventually necessitate their removal from office, however both community expectations and our Code prescribe that, in general and whenever ...


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Moderator Reinstatement Process: This post formalizes a process by which the Community Management Team may approve or reject a reinstatement request from a moderator. It aims to provide Community Managers with a standard process to follow when a former moderator asks for their moderator status to be reinstated, expedite the team's responses to these ...


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As others have noted, this was an interview in a magazine that's not particularly programmer-focused, much less one aimed at the majority of folks using these sites. The quotes they chose to publish are helpful, I think, but if you want a better idea of how Prashanth views the communities here then the latest podcast is probably a better choice - there's a ...


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The question mixes 2 different but related issues. While sharing protected/private information is bad, allegedly that isn't necessarily what happened. This is a hypothetical, but if the accusations by stackexchange against Monica are untruthful, then they aren't a quite a breach of privacy (the actual private information - which would contradict the company'...


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One bit that isn't adressed in the other answers is this quoted bit: So can I simply add a declaration to my posts stating I reserve the right not to respond to any comments or edits ? I think adding such statement is considered noise, and should therefore be removed, just the same as with salutations and thank you's.


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Moderator Action Review Process After much discussion, debate, reflection, consultation, frustration, revelation, constipation and inspiration, we've settled on the following process for allowing a team of moderators to remove one of their own. It is, by necessity, somewhat formal: this process is for those rare situations where communication with one ...


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