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Questions dealing with moderator actions, pages, abilities or decisions.

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Why is "Gone" completely gone?

A long-term suspended user known by many by his real name and lastly named Gone has recently gotten his account deleted. While I do not want to discuss the suspension or anything alike, I would like ...
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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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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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Announcement: A change of moderators

There has been a lot of inquiry about recent events. This post is meant to clear that up and avoid speculation. In particular, I am posting this as a follow-up to a comment I had made previously. ...
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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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Announcement: private contacts by moderators

I am writing this post to discuss a possible small upcoming change in moderator policy. I post this here on Meta (instead in the Mods only discussion room) because The topic is not sensitive. There ...
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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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Rude and Sarcastic comments

I find the comments made by a moderator here to be rude and sarcastic. Though what the OP asks might not make complete sense and needs to rephrase his question in a better way, I believe that it does ...
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Should moderators intervene when the accepted answer is blatantly wrong?

Generally the moderators have nothing to do with the actual mathematical content of the posts. Their work is when the posts are incorrectly made (e.g. questions in answers, or comments in answers), or ...
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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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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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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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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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More granularity in locking questions

Is it possible to have more granularity in of time-span for locking questions? Currently the available choices are 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week, and permanent. There are times where longer, but not permanent ...
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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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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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What would be "recommended experience" for a person who wants to run for moderator?

I believe that if someone decides to run for moderator, he should have at least approximate idea what will be expected from them. We can learn something about work of moderators here: http://meta....
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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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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 become moderator?

Why would anyone want to become moderator? Which are the good reasons and which are the bad? I'm convinced that most people on Meta knows the answers and want to share their knowledge.
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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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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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Suspension policy for new accounts of past offenders

This question is purely out of curiosity as to how the moderators do their work. Suppose that someone was suspended for a month, and they decide to remove their account altogether. After the month ...
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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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"flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention". What content is this phrase talking about?

I flagged an answer (the shortest one) in this topic since the answerer posted it twice (no matter if it is correct or not), but my flag was declined by moderators with a standard phrase: "flags ...
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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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Are there too many comment deletions lately?

I noticed just now that a comment on my answer was removed (before I had the chance to see it, but the notification was still showing in my inbox). The comment was removed with the entire comment ...
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Edit after edit and declined flags.

This question was edited fourth times by the same user. The edits were minor, rather unnecessary, possibly made for gaining some points. One of the last edits replaced the ...
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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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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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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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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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I have requested that an OP cease emailing me

I posted two solutions to About some Pythagorean Quadruples The second answer covers the situation that the OP says is of interest, ruling out values of her variable $K$ for which there is no ...
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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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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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Low quality posts: who deals with them?

When I look for the review queue I can see a section called "Low Quality Posts" where I'm invited to vote and I have four options: "Looks OK", "Edit", "Close", and "Skip". On the other side, when I ...
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What might a moderator do to a trolling/spamming account

I've come across a trolling/spam post by a user with no other contributions to the site. I have flagged this post for moderator attention, but I'm curious: what might a moderator do in this kind of ...
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Do the tags being merged can be dis-merged?

Suppose the tag B is merged into the tag A, if we later on find that the tag A and the tag B should keep them separate, can we do the dis-merge process?
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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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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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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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What standards should moderators should adhere to?

A couple of days ago there was a rather benign incident (in a now-deleted thread). Essentially, a moderator (which one is irrelevant, and anyway I forger) made a comment which was meant as a joke but ...
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Permanent flag-ban without warning. [closed]

I've flagged some posts and comments and nothing happened. Edit 1. An update after correspondence with the The Stack Exchange Team about my flag-ban: As people thinks here (Permanent flag-ban without ...
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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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Flagging a question before it is edited

I have noticed over the past few months some inconsistency with certain flags. If I flag PSQ with the closeflag "offtopic: missing context" and then it is edited later to be okay, I have had both ...
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About the plurality of tag names

It is most appropriate that the tag names of countable nouns should be in plural forms, but there are still quite a lot of tag names which should be in plural forms but they use single forms, for ...
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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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Topics declared as duplicates in which order? [duplicate]

I'm asking this because I think an older question with a full answer shouldn't be declared a duplicate to a newer one. What the moderators think about this?
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My comment was removed and I don't know why

I don't remember the exact words and perhaps the moderator who removed my comment would care to explain why he did so and paste my comment somewhere on the thread. In this answer I left a comment ...
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What to do about obvious revenge downvoting [duplicate]

After a small argument with an user this just happened to me: I realise my first comment may have ignited everything and that some users may disagree with me, but I believe revenge downvoting isn't ...
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