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I am requesting the moderators to delete that post

As I lack sufficient reputation to comment, I am creating a meta post. I am requesting the moderators to delete that post because they are cheating Solving $(a+1)^{\log_a(x-2)} - a^{\log_{a+1}(x-1)} = ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Moderation Strike Resolution

As many of you likely already know, moderators across the SE network have been engaged in a work stoppage since early June, for a number of reasons, which are outlined in the main meta post Moderation ...
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I wrote an answer to my own question but it got deleted because someone didn't understand my question

Yesterday I asked a question which was quite open ended and lacked direction because I wasn't sure exactly what I was asking. I put some examples and very general statements to try to account for my ...
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Moderator misusing his powers

I wrote a very beautiful (non copied) answer to a question. The question was this As you people can't see, I got $7$ upvotes on that answer. Now that question was closed because of a duplicate. I ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Editing comments to remove references to gender

This morning I discovered that an old answer of mine to a question about real life application of Linear Algebra had been transformed into a comment. I admit that the answer was not too serious: I ...
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Are edits removing tags frowned upon?

I tried to remove the tag "set-theory" tag from this question because I thought it was blatantly wrong but my edit was rejected by two reviewers. Does that mean that those reviewers are ...
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Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

Very often I’ve seen low-quality questions (i.e. questions which don’t fit the requirements for what Good Question is supposed to be) hinted or answered by comments (here one very recent among many ...
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What does "low quality contributions" mean and who decides this?

Some time ago I had the unpleasant surprise to see that some valuable users like Bernard were suspended for 1 year for "low quality contributions". What does (I mean "low quality ...
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Short answer turned into a comment by moderator

I'd like to update my poor knowledge about the policy of this site: The hints, which are usually very short answers, have become unwanted (as answers, I mean)? I'm asking this since my my answer ...
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Forum deleting questions and answers

It does feel to me that the moderators here go too far when it comes to deleting questions here. These are often questions that were quite interesting in their own right and received some good answers ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

In Paramanand's questionnaire response, he suggests that the effects of the EoQS should be studied. This made me realise that I don't really know anything past the "theory" of the EoQS since ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

Regarding this question, I edited out the references of rape and it was almost instantly reverted by someone who left a sarcastic comment about my edit that they later deleted. Consider the two ...
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Two cheers for EoQS

NB: this post has been edited in the light of @quid's comment revealing all moderator messages link to a text that explicitly contradicts MSE's deletion policies, without disclosing the latter in any ...
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Recently proposed problems in mathematical journals are subject to contest problem policy?

I'm wondering what was the reason for the moderator Asaf Karagila deleted this question: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4088822 I know the question is a problem in the last AMM issue for the ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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The same question within hours, by three different users. Someone’s exam?

Today, at least three times essentially the same question about ideals in a polynomial ring $R[x]$ has been asked by three different users (first instance is the initial steps); same notation, even. ...
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What is the Solution to CAREFUL Serial Down-voting? [closed]

I came to know that there is a script to detect serial down-voting but as it is the case always for any script, there is a set-threshold, and if a careful person somehow figures that out (for example, ...
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Positions of a moderator

On several occasions I wanted to include this question. For example, do the moderators of this site they are all active always 24 hours on 24? Are the roles of moderators different between them (...
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How to Better the Queue?

I have a question and maybe this for the moderators as well. How does one know that one is doing a good job when doing the Queue about Posts like Edits, and Low-Quality Posts and so on. My thoughts ...
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Need moderation

Does anyone knows how can I contact privately a moderator ? Many of my answers have been deleted for no reason. Even upvoted and accepted answers. Always by the same three members. I have flagged as ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Request: Review Queue Activity Differences

So, anyone who's been around M.SE very long, and has access to some of the review queues, knows that the review queues are by no means of equal activity (or busy-ness). Close Votes is always the ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Historical lock for preserving old, low quality questions

The question Compute $ \lim\limits_{n \to \infty }\sin \sin \dots\sin n$ was recently closed (then reopened and historical-locked). I agree that, by modern standards, the question is not a good one. ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own ...
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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Every so often a new user posts a question on Meta that should have been put on the main site, and a few minutes later it is on hold as off-topic. On two occasions I have seen such a question on Meta ...
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What to do about one or two downvotes received daily?

I've read that one doesn't need to do anything about suspected serial downvoting, because it's taken care of automatically by an algorithm. What if one suspects that someone is aware of that ...
David C. Ullrich's user avatar
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What exactly is a "Rep-farmer", and what can we/the moderators do about them?

In the wake of the recent election, I've been thinking about the hot-button issue about PSQs and Rep-farmers. Firstly, what is a Rep-farmer? I understand that it's someone who, in some way, uses the ...
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Suspicious trend in answers to a specific user's questions.

So yesterday I came across a question. Something seemed suspicious (a badly worded question and an incorrect answer accepted), so I did some snooping. It appears that every question from the OP has ...
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Time needed to get your flag approved

What is the longest (or shortest time) you have to wait before getting your flag approved or rejected? I have raised the flag on this question as "unclear what you are asking" and have waited for ...
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How does banning work?

I was just browsing new questions when a user changed his/her post from what seemed to be a reasonable question to a very aggressively offensive post, complete swearing in the title and derogatory ...
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What's going on with my flag?

While waiting for Alex Gruber to recharge his batteries, the moderation is working slowly. For instance, on September 3 I've voted to close this question as a duplicate. I was certain from the very ...
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Should inactive users remain as moderators?

First, take it easy guys! There is nothing personal in my question. I've asked this to Alex Gruber directly few months ago, and he told me that his lack of activity on M.SE is due to research and ...
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If I reach 10k reputation and then give much of it away in bounties will I still have moderator privileges? [duplicate]

Basically, my question is as the title asks. If I get to 10k reputation and then give away reputation points bring me below 10k, will I still have access to moderator tools?
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Do deletion votes dissolve when a question is reopened? When else?

I recall a time where a question would have standing deletion votes, those would remain until the question is deleted (and thus the owner could abuse the system by deleting and undeleting, thus ...
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Do you think this question deserves to be closed?

Today I've voted for closing this question for missing any context and for the OP has shown no effort. Another 4 users thought the same (I suppose) and voted accordingly. (Furthermore, one of them ...
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Merging different questions

Yesterday the moderator Alex Gruber decided to merge this question Example of integral domain with infinitely ascending chain of ideals. which explicitly asks for an example of a non-noetherian ring ...
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Appropriate use of moderator power with respect to question closure

Last night, I asked a question, a question I knew was on the borderline of acceptable on Math.SE, but I decided to hazard it anyway and make it as appropriate as I could. I flagged the post as ...
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Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power?

Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power? My account had been suspended for one year. As some of you know, some users don't like my questions in the main because I tend to answer my own ...
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Disciplinary action for nasty behaviour

A couple of hours ago I reviewed a proposal to edit a post. The suggested edit was nasty, irrelevant and of pornographic nature. I rejected the edit choosing the reason for rejection as "harmful". I ...
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Is there a more effective way to lock current contest questions that contain quality answers?

This question was recently locked (I only know because I had a bounty on the question). As Sky's comment points out, this problem is part of a current USAMTS competition (deadline to submit solutions ...
Daniel W. Farlow's user avatar
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Some comments are missing

It is happening a couple of times that some of my comments were deleted. In one occasion, there was a discussion on some LaTeX edits that were made to a post of mine (Rudin assumes $(x^a)^b=x^{ab}$(...
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Question about moderation

You flag a question for moderator attention. You provide information to support your request. Within what time period is the request handled? Will the moderators inform you by email about their ...
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Perplexity about an IMO question. [duplicate]

Today and tomorrow IMO 2015 competition will take place. I surfing on MSE I have bumped into the following question (now closed by author) asking for some help about an IMO 2015 problem. The problem ...
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Should there be a 'migrate to hsm' close reason? [duplicate]

We currently have a possibility to migrate to meta, physics.SE and stats.SE. Shouldn't there be a possibility too to migrate questions to History of Science and Mathematics? I think this is ...
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How to protect against the thought police?

The past days, tensions have sparked on meta about certain comments and their allegedly insulting nature. Arguments were made that these comments were not of this nature, were not intended that way, ...
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What flags can 10K+ or 20K+ users handle and what flags are only visible for moderators?

I want to help moderating this site, but I'm unsure what flags are seen by 10K+ or 20K+ users and what flags are only visible for moderators. This seems important, because I don't want to bother a ...
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