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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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Thank you Catija!

Earlier this week, Catija's employment with Stack Exchange ceased, as part of a mass layoff. Prior to that, she was one of the site's original moderators, having been appointed in the initial round on ...
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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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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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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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How many people are helping to moderate this site?

For a SE site to be successful, we need people to help moderate it. The more help, the better. So, I'm wondering, could we have some information about how many different people help moderate this ...
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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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What do we do with questions involving the use of substances?

I'm asking about this question, where using drugs is the main goal of the OP. My opinion has already been done long time ago: drugs are bad. But this is a personal opinion, and not the point. What I ...
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Does the post about “offering a prayer to an atheist” need a "controversial topic notice"?

I'm talking about this question and it's a very controversial topic. Would it be a good idea for a mod or CM to add the "controversial post" notice on top of the thread? My points are the two/three ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ "answers" when you can't flag them appropriately?

This is about THIS question. If interpersonal skills are a way to deal with the issue (not even sure about that, though...), the problem lies with the "answers". How do you know an IPS question has ...
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A taste of moderation

Everyone knows by now what is going on on the SE network. Topics and discussions are all over the place. Opinions vary. Pros and cons. Let me be clear from the beginning: This is not intended at ...
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Let's team up, work together, moderate together!

As some (many?) of you have read it, there's a lot going on about SE network, staff, users, and moderators. Let me be really clear on this one: I'm not pointing fingers or taking any side. This is NOT ...
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Question was protected while I was composing an answer

There's one answer that got some downvotes, but no spam or egregious answers. You may want to reconsider your policy of protecting every question that hits HNQ. It's discouraging to put effort into ...
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When should mods remove questions from HNQ?

With the recent changes to the hot network questions list, site moderators have been given the ability to permanently remove questions from HNQ. This is a very powerful ability, and as such, we need ...
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The end of my watch on IPS

Hey, everyone. Over the past few months, I think a few folks might have noticed that I've gradually become less and less present on Interpersonal Skills. While I've continued to handle flags (albeit ...
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Request for 2018 moderation stats before and after HNQ removal

2018 stats on moderation of IPS were given in this post and depict the site's activity smoothed on the whole year - thank you Shog9 for providing us those statistics! After October 16th 2018, the day ...
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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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What is the consensus on valid comments where the post has not been edited in quite a while?

IPS policy regarding comments strictly discards everything that is not either asking for clarification or suggesting improvements. Those comments that do not respect these guidelines - I'll call them "...
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How should we be handling close-worthy questions that have poor optics?

We've had these before, and I'm sure we'll have them again. Questions that aren't great questions, questions that probably deserve to be closed, that also touch on taboo topics... (most obviously and ...
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Didn't Understand the reason behind Answer Delete

This Was my answer , Okay Everyone said and presented their views , I did that too ,Even my thing really worked for me as well as the problem was also faced by me so I just wrote what I did . Why ...
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Additional Pro Tempore Moderator Needed! - Accepting Nominations [duplicate]

As some of you may have noted, I'm no longer moderating this site because I got an awesome new job as a Community Manager, which requires me to step down from my moderation position here. This site's ...
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Can another person edit a question to add personal detail about the original poster?

Someone edited this question to include what I consider a confidential personal detail about the original poster: How to convince my wife that my best friend and I are just friends? I then edited ...
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Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to "Backing it up"?

There is plenty of current discussion on the back it up policy as we have started deleting answers that don't provide either personal experience or supporting research to back up their claims. While ...
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What is Enough to Back It Up?

A significant recent initiative here on IPS is to enforce the "back it up" condition on answers, with the aim to limit answers to only those based on personal experience or citable expert advice. If ...
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Can we start enforcing the "back it up" policy?

We've had the "back it up" policy for almost a year now. It was one of the earlier things we seemed to think important for the quality of answers on the site. We've had more than a few discussions ...
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I do not understand some of the decisions made regarding content deletion that, in my view, appear arbitrary

Is there a way to report a moderator who appears to abuse his/her powers? How can a user make sure a moderator is not abusing his/her powers or understand why the aforementioned moderator is not doing ...
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No apologies and parting notes

I just received a message from a moderator that my answer, which received 112 up-votes and 11 down-votes was deleted. That was my personal straw which broke the camel's neck. How to establish ...
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Apologies and parting notes

I've given this a lot of thought over the last month or so. Initially this was going to be a heated rant about how awful the minority experience on Interpersonal Skills is, and how that's the reason I'...
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How do I know who deleted my comments?

I have posted a comment on a question. The comment was deleted twice. The first time I thought I forgot to press enter, I re-posted it. In less than 10 minutes it was deleted again, clearly not ...
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What's wrong with apologizing?

I'm a little confused about all the fuss over something that I wrote in an answer today: First off, I'd like to apologise for the onslaught of crap responses you've already received and those that'...
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Some thoughts on the moderation of comments on this stack

I will later post my own opinion as answer, so this is to be viewed as a more or less neutral baseline for discussion - please comment / suggest edit if you have improvements I've been active on this ...
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Why was my question closed?

My question How can I transition a conversation about Taylor ham, with a girl, into other topics was closed as off-topic, and I don't agree with this. The reasons given in the comments, as well as ...
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Why is the following statement about men not rude?

This kind of thing is a big part of the reason that women have largely dropped out of game culture... Boys will be boys, and more often than not, men will be boys. It's... Disappointing. The quote ...
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How to deal with abusive moderators?

There is a serious problem with this forum in the shape of abusive moderators who vandalize or delete contributions which do not match their ideological agenda. How can this community abridge or (...
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Feature request for moderating answers

I recently asked a question here on meta about what happens after using the "recommend deletion" option for an NAA / VLQ answer that I review - and I was kinda surprised that it takes six reviewers (...
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How do we engage more people to contribute on meta, to create a wider mandate for our policies?

Today (15-3-2018), there was a discussion in chat, starting about here, about the state of IPS and its moderation. (Moderation here means any moderation, not just diamond mods stuff) It is no secret ...
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Bringing on board new diamond moderators?

As many of you who spend time on the Meta site know, there are a lot of problems with the main site - lots of bad questions, low quality answers, and argumentative comments. Has there been some ...
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Are there guidelines for citing and attributing an answer?

In an answer to this question, How do I tell a roommate I'm not renewing his lease?, I've tried to attribute each section to the relevant author that was cited in an article - I also gave the ...
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Anti-American rhetoric on IPS - can moderators remove such comments?

I've noticed anti-American rhetoric on IPS several times, mostly in the form of comments. For example, in this question How to tell a co-worker that I feel sorry for something I did? Jess's ...
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Why was another one of my answers deleted?

I answered the following answer to How can I ask an unfamiliar coworker to eat more quietly? Explaining to the asker that what he wants is not possible is perfectly fine on SE Is "Don't do ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

The following was my answer to this question - Is mentioning that a synagogue is located in a well off neighbourhood a racist remark? That was an honest and polite answer, had 5 upvotes and downvotes,...
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What if someone edits my question or its title but I don't agree with it?

If I ask a question, and someone edits it changing it's meaning to something way different to what I meant, what should I do? Should I assume I'm being disciplined somehow and leave it as it was ...
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How can we treat equally two answers giving the same advice when one was flagged as LQP?

I just ran through this answer in the review queue. It was flagged as Low Quality. It gives this advice: "Shopping in LGBT-friendly stores [...] has the added benefit of potentially catering directly ...
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Can we do something with our comment only "users"

I've noticed a few usual suspects that seem to only use the site as a place to start arguments in comment threads. I'm not really sure how to address the issue. I called one of them out directly for ...
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Could we show a little more interpersonal skill in our moderation?

I'm going to be slightly revolutionary and be slightly counter to typical SE culture here, but please bear with me... When we moderate things, as a community, could we make an effort to be gentle ...
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Can we agree that certain terms are offensive and stop using them on the site?

I've been seeing a good bit of this lately and it's wearing more than a little thin... Terms like: SJW, short for social justice warrior Cuck, short for cuckold Beta and Alpha, short for Beta-male ...
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What did I do or say wrong? AKA "Comments, comments, comments"

I posted three or maybe four comments beneath this question How to tell a non-muslim friend that "Inter-faith Marriage not gonna work"? The first one, which seemed to have met up with ...
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Is being on-hold the same as closed and should we avoid putting questions on hold if they can be salvaged?

A moderator said in comments yesterday Putting a question "on hold" is the same thing as closing questions. When I say they should not be closed, I mean they should not be put "on hold&...
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Arbitrary deliniation between opinion/fact-based as a means of censorship [closed]

Is this site, essentially, a centre for primarily opinion-based questions? The conclusion of this question is that this site will be more opinion-based than other StackExchange sites due to the ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

I made a comment on this question and it's been deleted from existence ... why? The words from this comment have now appeared in an answer to the question which has received a number of up-votes. ...
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