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Questions about diamond (♦) moderators, their powers, and actions they have taken.

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Resigning from moderator duties

Sorry. At the moment I cannot handle the duties of a diamond bearer with the patience it requires. This job forces one to encounter all the worst the site has to offer. My approach to the job (and ...
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I am resigning as moderator

I don't want to give a big speech about this. In short, moderating is draining my emotional energy and I'm much less convinced of its value than I used to be. Edit: Thanks for the warm comments! ...
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Announcement: I'm retiring

I've been thinking about this for some months now, and recently I've made up my mind to retire from moderator duty. It has been an awesome four years, and I see a lot of positive in how the community ...
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2017 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!

The 2017 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, the result of the 2017 moderator elections are as follows (with no particular order): In the name of all the users on ...
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I am also resigning as a moderator

An election is a big process for the community (and for SE team to set up), and now that Qiaochu's resignation will set one in motion, I am going to take the opportunity to resign as well. To be ...
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My letter of resignation

I have just submitted my resignation as a moderator on this website to Jeff Atwood. I would like to use this thread to explain my reasons. When I make a significant time commitment to a given ...
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2014 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!

The 2014 elections are over. Analyzing the OpenSTV file (you may view an online summary report here as well) the results are as follows (with no particular order): At the same time, I'd like to thank ...
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2020 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderator!

The 2020 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, I'd like to welcome to the moderators' team the winner of the 2020 moderator elections, who is: You can see the results ...
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2021 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderators!

The 2021 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, I'd like to welcome to the moderators' team the winners of the 2021 moderators elections:: Paramanand Singh ...
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I quit. Here's why.

I have offered my resignation as a moderator to the SE team and I think it's important that I provide some explanation here. Principally, I decided over the past weekend to pull the advertising for ...
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MSE and meta.MSE as seen by moderators

There have been a lot of statements by moderators and others about aspects of the site (not necessarily visible to ordinary users) as seen by moderators. This thread is for accumulation of any data ...
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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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Why do I have superpowers?

I just voted to close a question as a duplicate, and it got immediately closed. How?? Why?? Should I use these powers for good, or for evil? Is the "set" of all algebraic extensions a ...
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Please welcome two additional moderators

It's only been a few months since the last election and the moderators elected there hit the ground running, helping keep this site going strong. Willie and Zev recently told us that they'd like to ...
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A House Divided?

I notice that one moderator has locked a question (from an ongoing contest), and another moderator has unlocked it and edited out part of the notice posted by the first moderator. I don't think this ...
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How can we best judge who has the skills to be a moderator?

Some recent events have raised the question as to who is best equipped to be a moderator. It has become clear to me that some hugely valuable contributions are being lost to the site over concerns ...
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How do moderators prove that they are at least 18 years old?

I've just noticed that moderators are required to be at least 18 years old (the very bottom of the page). How do they prove this? Do they have to send the image of a national identity document issued ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

With the growth of the Math Stack Exchange, it is time once again to hold Community Moderator Elections. The winners of this election will be joining our current group of moderators. The 2011 ...
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Administrative Note on Moderator Rolls

We are in the process of implementing a policy for "absentee moderators" — Any moderator who is not active on the site for a period of six months is subject to removal of their moderator ...
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Only 300 reputation points needed to nominate as moderator?

In the nomination phase, any community member in good standing with more than 300 reputation may nominate themselves to be a community moderator. 300 reputations points seems ridiculously low to ...
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Is it time to expand the moderator team?

It's been a year and a half (or so) since we moved out of the beta phase, I think that most people will agree that our community is quite a successful one. I think we can also say that it is a ...
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How to ensure candidates pre-commit for next election

This is a follow up to How can we best judge who has the skills to be a moderator? . Two moderators have recently resigned, and they say there will be another election soon. Some recent elections had ...
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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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2014 Nominations for moderator on Math.SE

As suggested on the chat of Mathematics 2014 Moderator Election, I'm opening this thread to give us an opportunity to nominate our choices for moderator. Please state the your candidate election and ...
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Closing process for +138 voted question "proofs every mathematician should know"

The question Proofs that every mathematician should know? has 142 upvotes (4 down) and was favorited 150 times. The revision history shows that the question was closed by a moderator but with no ...
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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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Wrongfully declined flag?

Incident Report: Two days ago I checked the mod tools and saw a flagged post appearing. The post was a common happening that a person posts an answer to a rather old question, and in the answer they ...
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Community Moderator Election Format and Design

Thanks for all your feedback on this format and design document. The 2010 Mathematics Community Moderator Election is now underway. We're preparing the election page now. Here is how we think it will ...
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Low quality of election nominees

I recently noticed that elections for 3 moderator positions were going to be held. I looked through the list of candidates so far, and actually found people with, like 500 reputation, among the ...
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Why is 97832123 suspended?

Why has this user 97832123 been suspended?
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Should we have "messages for moderators" chatroom?

When, for some reason, I want contact a moderator I have several possibilities: I can flag some post. I can bring up the particular issue on meta. I can ping one of the mods by leaving a comment on ...
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How much experience should a potential moderator have?

How much experience should a potential moderator have, in order to be considered a suitable candidate? This question was inspired by reading some of the responses to the candidates posts. Which read ...
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Is there an appropriate stackexchange site related to speculative mathematics

I used to love the math.stackexchange web site. It was a great place for an amateur to get feedback and to learn about historical math papers and recent work. It was a great place to test out one's ...
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Under what criteria should we remove questions from the HNQ list?

Since the Hot Network Questions list was revamped 6 months ago, moderators have had the power to remove questions from the list. As Catija, the community manager for the SE network says, I ...
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Deletion votes retroactively become irreversible when a user becomes a moderator

While browsing the 10K tools undeletion queue I just noticed that a handful of questions with two undeletion votes are now stuck in limbo, impossible to get the final undeletion vote, because they ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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How important are the "age" and "identity" of a moderator?

This question is inspired by an answer of Asaf Karagila in this thread. According to comments beneath Asaf's answer which shows existence of a wide range of ideas about this subject, it seems ...
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List of questions for candidates in 2010 moderator election

This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the December 2010 moderator election. If questions are kept simple enough they can be answered fully in the comments, and ...
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Continuity of Moderation

It has long been established that moderation is a volunteer activity; they can come and go as they please. Life happens and sometimes work and family take precedence. But there are a limited number of ...
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Some questions on moderator appointments and moderator actions

There was some confusion recently in meta discussions about moderators, their selection, user interaction and interventions. So I would like to get a better understanding of what is going to happen in ...
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Why was this on-topic question unilaterally closed and migrated by a moderator?

This question on context-free and regular grammars was unilaterally closed as off-topic and migrated to cs.stackexchange.com by one of the moderators; I should like to know why. We have a long history ...
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What to do with a user who is editing existing questions and replacing with entirely new ones?

The user Arash has made some rather strange edits as of this afternoon. Three questions that had been asked before and answered were edited: A question about a characterization of local rings that ...
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Which actions by moderators cannot be reversed by community?

There are some actions where a vote from moderator has immediate effect (i.e., there is no need for votes from other users). This is the case for closing and reopening posts. However, in these cases ...
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2017 Moderator Election: Nominating another user to consider running for a moderation slot.

I'm sort of modeling this post after Aaron Maroja's 2014 meta post posted prior to the last moderator election, held in 2014. (So his post inspired this post.) I think that some of the best leaders, ...
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When do network moderators delete questions?

I have been going over the list of recently deleted posts, to see what new there since my last visit, and I have noticed something strange. One of the network-wide moderator has deleted a question. ...
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Removal of a single "meta" comment on the main site

Some time ago there was a question that was tagged with elementary-set-theory. One user added set-theory in a suggested edit (that was accepted) and I removed it since I deemed that inappropriate. ...
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Why are 3 moderator positions available in the December 2014 election?

Recently Willie Wong announced that he is retiring as moderator. A moderator election just started, in which there are 3 available positions. This makes me wonder: Are other moderator retirements ...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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When a moderator closes a question, do they consult with the other moderators first?

Shortly after π-day 2015 was first posted, it was closed by Daniel Fischer, a moderator, as “too broad”. Normally five users’ votes are required to close a question, but when a moderator votes to ...
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