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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Thank you for this heartfelt, encouraging message, and for being willing to have the conversation that preceded it instead of just walking away. We need more of that at Stack Exchange. It's too easy ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Help us identify new roles for community members

Comment mods Currently 99.9% of comment moderation is done by mods (the other 0.1% is autodeletion by enough user flags). Other than flagging there is no way to moderate comments unless you are a mod. ...
Ethan's user avatar
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Would the striking moderators welcome a user strike? Should we, the users, go on strike?

Indeed, the majority of the signatories to the open letter are already non-moderators who decided to join the strike to support the moderators and join in the action to hopefully get Stack Overflow, ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I go by ‘they’, and I speak for myself, not on behalf of all queer folks. What I understand of Monica's position—based previously on public TL leaks and now on what heather has relayed—is a little ...
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Audit moderators Over on Meta Stack Overflow, we have a lot of positively scored questions about review queue audits that they failed and disagree with (search results). Although the system does an OK ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

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 ...
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What's the official SE response to serious mentions of suicide or self-harm in posts?

I'll give my advice from a suicidal person's perspective. (I don't know much about self-harm, but I guess there's a lot of overlap.) TL;DR: The Joiner model of suicide has three necessary and ...
Rebecca J. Stones's user avatar
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Curators Much of the effort towards improving question quality goes towards sanctioning bad questions-- closure, review, etc. There is a lot of room for greater recognition of good questions. On our ...
Alexander Gruber's user avatar
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Chat moderators I've long been in favor of this past request to have a set of users whose responsibility is to moderate the chat sites in addition to the site moderators, rather than completely having ...
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Tag curator I intend this literally, as "one who curates (posts in) a certain tag" This draws from: Close vote superpowers for other badges in low volume tags Empowering tag-badge holders ...
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Mentor (I think focusing on new users took us down a wrong path. This isn’t about onboarding new users. It’s about people volunteering to help people with the process of using the site.) In the City ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

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 ...
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Should any Meta post that calls out a user by name be deleted, not just downvoted?

This is actually something that just came up internally that we've been pondering. We want to have a bit more guidance around these issues, especially for our moderators, to prevent some of the very ...
animuson's user avatar
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Help us identify new roles for community members

There's a couple of old suggestions that could be revisited: Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver? What privilege should 30k users get? Help us identify micro-privileges ...
Rob's user avatar
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Community service hours on SE

No, for a variety of reasons: Providing such a certificate requires us to verify your identity in order to issue it. That requires more than just providing your full name. Without some way of proving ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I'm just a random onlooker, but I'm really happy to see this development, and I'd like to thank @heather for approaching Monica and having this discussion, Monica for being open to it, and Journeyman ...
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Migration helper It is very hard to get questions from small SO tags migrated to suitable target sites. Take for example the LaTeX tag on SO. Every now and then a high quality question gets asked, ...
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Would the striking moderators welcome a user strike? Should we, the users, go on strike?

TL;DR: Yes. We have used "moderator" to refer to pro-tempore and community moderators but the community is who, in normal conditions, does moderation: registered users that have earned ...
Rubén's user avatar
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Add the ability to ignore users

As you note in the quote at the end of the question, part of the problem is that moderators have only big sticks. Ignoring users who you know get under your skin is attractive, and I'm glad to see ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Who is the user with highest combined reputation from all Stack Exchange sites?

There were so many attempts the last few days to either improve or update this question that I decided to have a go with a multi-database query in SEDE. This beast is the result: -- start create url ...
rene's user avatar
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Privilege consolidation At the moment, the low bar to cross-platform 'trust' returns also low privileges. Perhaps this should be tiered. (This could also be combined with some of the other answers ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I post this today in an attempt to reach out a hand, and to ask all of you to do so as well, to ask Stack Exchange to do so as well. Just picking this sentence to stress how important it is for the ...
JJJ's user avatar
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Tag Manager Naming things is hard; a better name is welcome There is a related proposal on this Q&A: Synonymizer The Current System Background Tags are an often overlooked/under-observed aspect of ...
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What should I do if I see a new account from a suspended user?

It would appear that it's OK for this to happen. No, it's certainly not OK. It's just that the ♦ moderators didn't notice the new account yet – they're not online 24/7. You can flag one of the ...
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Let's say they reinstate Monica. What then?

Yep, there's proposals, most notably the two moderator letters. The first moderator letter was a broader commentary on the situation, and therefore doesn't make as many specifically actionable ...
auden's user avatar
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Display a "Happy Birthday" message when a user logs in on their birthday

I'd like to shed a little light on the recent tagging of this post as status-declined. In May 2018, in order to comply with GDPR, SE removed all references to age and birth dates from their system: ...
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