2013
Sep
6
comment Streamline moderators contacting users through chat
As a new Mod, I am seriously struggling to wrap my soft head around contacting users for a chat, rather than having to send a message that get's CC'd around every other mod. It's way too difficult. If the automation exists to create a room after too many comments on a question, it cannot be too hard to expose that functionality in the mod button as per this answer.
Mar
12
comment Close Review Queue - recent questions
Only after someone has requested a re-open, and the only person who will ever do this is the OP practically speaking, which is yet more assumption on our part that they even know how to do this and don't just make an edit and leave it hanging.
Mar
12
comment Close Review Queue - recent questions
Another way to achieve the same goal - not scare the users away with our rigid adherence to SE doctrine! The site(s) are the userbase, as much as the content, so let's bring the new guys that need help on (or at least point the way formally) rather than expect immediate understanding of the secret handshakes as they may see it.
Mar
12
comment Close Review Queue - recent questions
Also, a closed Question isn't going to be re-opened just by having the OP make the edit. It needs to be voted for reopening by several high ranking users, or moderators, most of which will not ever be notified or see the changes, because the question remains closed. Usually the only way a question is ever reopened in reality is because the edit was made by said high ranking users or moderators, who then kick it about in chat - something a low rank OP will not frankly do. A closed question is almost always a dead question. Great for the site short term, bad for the OP & site long term
Mar
12
comment Close Review Queue - recent questions
Which re-introduces the same issue that the comments are currently just a courtesy and entirely optional as well as wildly varying in quality and content, and a closed question reduces the number of people that can subsequently see and therefore edit, or comment further on that question, thus increasing the chances of it just staying closed with an alienated OP. Hey, no-one said it was easy to fix ;) My method still closes the question if the improvement isn't made, it just does it in a more user centric/friendly manner that puts the OP first, not the site and it's guidelines.
Mar
12
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
12
comment Close Review Queue - recent questions
Potentially - the actual level of activity that is monitored for prior to closing can be tweaked, but the process of requesting change, and then allowing a slot for it to happen seems a subtle and easy solution
Mar
12
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Mar
12
awarded  Editor
Mar
12
revised Close Review Queue - recent questions
added 517 characters in body
Mar
12
answered Close Review Queue - recent questions
Mar
12
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12
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