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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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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 ...
Mike's user avatar
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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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Are edits removing tags frowned upon?

Edits removing tags are not generally frowned on. If a question seems to you to be incorrectly tagged, edit it to correct the tags. This includes cases where you add new tags, remove existing tags, ...
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Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

I'd say that answering Questions in comments is strongly discouraged by SE policies generally, not just on Math.SE and not particularly in connection with EoQS. Poor quality Questions often get ...
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I am requesting the moderators to delete that post

For reference, the Contest Problem Policy. In order take action, moderators need two things: A link to a publicly viewable list of problems. A link to a publicly viewable set of rules which ...
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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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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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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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16 votes

Editing comments to remove references to gender

No, this isn't a general SE policy at work. It's the result of flag handling. There was a party that found the answer offensive, and while I didn't particularly find it offensive myself, I could see ...
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15 votes

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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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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Short answer turned into a comment by moderator

This meta post is tagged "specific answer", so I'll frame my remarks accordingly. The posting of very short "hint" answers has come up a few dozen times here, for example "Is ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

There needs to be an analysis of whether this year's EQOS changes have improved the site or damaged it, and to what extent. If a large part of the community identified a problem and felt something ...
Henry's user avatar
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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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Moderator misusing his powers

I think if it was so much necessary to delete one of the answer, Xander could have deleted the one with no upvotes. Quality of the site, not any individuals reputation point level, is the standard ...
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Do you think this question deserves to be closed?

The question as it was asked did not provide any context whatsoever, and as such can be considered as legitimate target for a vote to close. I also feel that some of the actual context would be ...
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Should inactive users remain as moderators?

tl;dr: To answer the question in the title: yes, within reasonable limits. Quite frankly there are a lot of reasons that a moderator may not be as active. Some possibilities that haven't been ...
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Moderator misusing his powers

The answer you seem to be referencing is https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4668838/, which is in response to a Problem Statement Question, which was closed as a duplicate. This question should ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Often it is in the user's interest not to migrate the post. A migration does not help them that much, it is easy enough to copy over the post. However, there are at least two drawbacks of a ...
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8 votes

What is the Solution to CAREFUL Serial Down-voting?

If you suspect someone is targeting you and serially downvoting you while not triggering the script, flag one of the posts for moderator attention and explain the situation. They can investigate.
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

I'm not involved in the site much anymore and don't know much about CRUDE or EoQS. I do know that the very low signal-to-noise ratio (with most questions being of the form "do this homework ...
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Recently proposed problems in mathematical journals are subject to contest problem policy?

To answer the reformulated question, I think that problems proposed in a journal do not fall under the contest problem policy. The point of those problems is not to rank solvers, it is to share ...
Mike Earnest's user avatar
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What to do about one or two downvotes received daily?

It is best to bring this up via a flag 'other.' Flag one of the affected posts and describe the situation briefly; to flag one post suffices, we can see which other posts were downvoted then. (I see ...
quid's user avatar
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What exactly is a "Rep-farmer", and what can we/the moderators do about them?

Here on MathSE, we're all playing a game. Like in many games, the goal is to earn as many points (and badges) as possible. The broad idea behind all the StackExchange sites is that the two sets ...
Mike Pierce's user avatar
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How does banning work?

Is this is a moderator only action? Yes. There are also some automatic bans for specific task, but a general account ban is mod only. Does the user need to be flagged. No. Of course, it can ...
quid's user avatar
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7 votes

Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

I think answering LQ [Low-Quality] question in the comments goes against the goals of encouraging high-quality contributions here. [In general I think answering in the comments is bad for the site, ...
Mike's user avatar
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