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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

While making a hard and fast rule for every kind of 'unpleasant flavor text' is impossible, I think for cases like the post in question it's rather simpler. Terms like rape, assault and murder are ...
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Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power?

If you actually, truly and honestly believe that there was an abuse of moderator power, the appropriate thing to do would be to contact the SE staff using the contact us link found in the footer of ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

What if someone makes a few unsavory comments, or edits, or enters an edit war on your question? Shouldn't you be able and notify the moderators? What if you decide that it might be better to migrate ...
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Disciplinary action for nasty behaviour

As it stands, having merely rejected the edit and given a custom reason won't draw the moderator's attention. For that, the appropriate course of action would be to flag the post to which the edit was ...
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What does "low quality contributions" mean and who decides this?

I think this is a good question. There is definitely a capriciousness to EoQS, that does not seem to be acknowledged by Moderation: EoQS: The goal is to have a repository of high-quality answers to ...
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What flags can 10K+ or 20K+ users handle and what flags are only visible for moderators?

Short answer: here. I now proceed to ignore your question and instead look at what I think is the motivation. If you want to moderate the site based on flags, I say go for it. If the mod team thinks ...
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Suspension policy for new accounts of past offenders

Is the suspension of the new account given as a first offense (i.e., a couple of days), or do the moderators continue from the previous account? It depends on the type of offense. Say the user was ...
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Unilaterally closing a question that is not even 10 minutes old

Your question is too broad. Not only could there be enough answers to write a book on, such actually exists. (You essentially admit as much in your question.) In clear-cut cases I fail to see the ...
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Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power?

Makoto Kato: You wanted community to respond to the question whether you were abused by the moderators. Look at the voting on your question: 6 votes say that you were, 24 votes say that you were not. ...
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Edit after edit and declined flags.

Let me begin by saying that I didn't personally handle either of your flags. Were I to be handling them, I would have had the following thoughts: What's wrong with the graded-ring/module tag? Are ...
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Moderators not having a uniform response to flags about potentially graded assignments when the photcopy has the point values next to the problems

I think the reason for the declined flag says it all: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires [moderator] attention. The posts you link to really don't need a ...
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Moderators not having a uniform response to flags about potentially graded assignments when the photcopy has the point values next to the problems

First, let me say I am opposed to moderators acting like a single entity. After all, we're all different people from different parts of the world, and we have different opinions on matters. I do not ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

If your question has an upvoted answer it cannot be self-deleted anymore. That's one reason why it can make sense to self-close rather than to self-delete. Another reason is that some duplicates are ...
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Positions of a moderator

The organization of the moderators team is informal. There is no hierarchy and there are no assigned roles. Of course, a less experienced moderators might ask more experienced ones for advice at times....
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2021: a year in moderation

This is the difference from 2020 to 2021, computed as percentage increase, $$\frac{\textsf{newstat}-\textsf{oldstat}}{\textsf{oldstat}}\%.$$ Action Moderators Community Users suspended 41 % 22 % ...
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How to protect against the thought police?

I highly doubt that the comment was deleted just because someone disliked it (and brought it up with the SE staff). For myself, I did feel that the comment was borderline. It is relevant to the post ...
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Historical lock for preserving old, low quality questions

If the threads are useful the question-post usually will include a good nucleus that just never developed. It thus usually should be possible to add some context in order to make the question-post ...
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Question about moderation

Within what time period is the request handled? It depends. The average is several hours, I think it was about 3 hours last time this was discussed. But there is quite some variance. Also recall ...
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Appropriate use of moderator power with respect to question closure

"The community" in this case means "five users including the OP". If five users disagree with a moderator, it does not mean the community as a whole disagree with the moderator. It means five users do....
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Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power?

I thank Makoto Kato for letting us know what moderator actions were taken. Note that the moderators themselves maintain a policy of not publicizing actions taken to discipline community members. ...
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Suspension policy for new accounts of past offenders

Your question brings up a few points that I want to clarify, ranging from philosophical to rather technical. I'll try to keep it as brief as possible. Suspensions are a tool available to moderators ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

There is no clear-cut answer to this. Let me try to outline some principles. There is no need to tolerate gratuitous reference to violence, crime and alike. More broadly there is no need to tolerate ...
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What's going on with my flag?

"I was certain from the very beginning that my vote is a waste of time, since one needs some knowledge and willingness to perceive why that question is a duplicate, ..." I'm willing to grant that ...
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What might a moderator do to a trolling/spamming account

When an account is created with the sole purpose of trolling, spamming, etc, we generally destroy the account. This (as well as deletions of posts by spam flags) feeds information into a system which ...
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