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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

June 25: Experiment has ended Ok! It's been about two months since this started, and I've turned off the altered comment text. This should be enough to give us a reasonable idea of what effect was ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

A quick update on this request: Yes, the Community Team has submitted a request to have this feature change implemented using Interpersonal SE to test it. Acceptance by the dev team is still pending, ...
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Let's go back to HNQ!

Update: As of... just now (20 May 2019), the site setting for minimum question age should be active and we've added IPS back to the HNQ list with one question at a time. Please keep me updated on ...
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Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to "Backing it up"?

Let's have conflicting answers for extra fun, shall we? I'm going to say yes, with caveats. Take my answer to How to talk to a girl who's sitting next to me but wearing headphones? as an example. ...
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We get a lot of answers here... should we implement some system changes that will encourage users to review existing answers before adding their own?

1. Raise the autoflag threshold to 15. We have issues on Worldbuilding with questions that get lots of answers. The HNQ effect means that many get 10 or more, and our record is at least 30 or 40, I ...
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14 votes

Moratorium on Hot Network Questions until we have greater control over content

I don't think this will help. The attention we get from the HNQ list is a symptom of a larger issue and I think that shutting it off would only make the underlying issues less apparent. Are the HNQ ...
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"How to ... without being rude?" Should this kind of question get a custom close reason?

"Just do it in a friendly way" isn't an answer if it doesn't explain how to do it and what "a friendly way" is. Questions like this are usually looking for phrasing suggestions, ways to approach the ...
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How to encourage askers to tell the end of the story?

No. I don't think we should do anything programmatically to request this. We're already asking people to share their private lives to some degree when asking the question. Prompting them to come back ...
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Should we add a stack-specific close reason for off topic "inTRApersonal" questions?

I agree with "intrapersonal" possibly being hard to understand, as per gparyani's answer, but feel that "personal issues" is ambiguous. My proposed way of phrasing it: Questions relating to one's ...
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Should comments be transient?

No. Comments should not expire at some predetermined time. Good comments may point out faults with the answer - particularly on less subjective sites. If these faults are not addressed - either by ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

Yes Yes Yes. This is a great idea. I know your pain, I have 232 comment flags, 28 alone today and yesterday are waiting for review and 188 helpful in 27 days! This is madness. I feel it's even more ...
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Would requiring downvoters to give a reason help create better answers?

This idea has been proposed, discussed, and arguably talked to death across the Stack Exchange network, and it tends to get rejected each time. There have been plenty of objections raised: It would ...
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How can users ask private questions anonymously on this site?

If you're afraid that your account may be traced back to you in real life, you could consider making a second account: You will want to make sure your login credentials and contact emails are ...
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Review Queue - Scope for a brief 'Stop the Clock' feature after Mod comment

I think that this request makes sense if you assume that closing a question (or in this case, putting it "on hold") is an end game that can't be recovered from but when you really understand the ...
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Can the threshold for protecting questions be lowered?

I think this is somewhat backwards. If the community cannot handle the questions through the normal means of self moderation, then you're not ready for the question yet. That's the angle to approach ...
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Is there a way to follow and be notified when a question is removed from 'hold' status?

You can do it by favoriting a question. There is a star icon below the down arrow button on the left side of each question. You can see it here as well. Just click it and this question will be added ...
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Can we start enforcing the "back it up" policy?

Finally! Here's what I'd propose as a strategy for moderators: Moderators see an unsubstantiated answer, they either delete it outright with a comment, or slap a post notice on it and revisit in a ...
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Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to "Backing it up"?

I'm answering primarily as a rebuttal to ArtOfCode's answer, because I believe it inadvertently spells out precisely why we need a "back it up" policy here: Take my answer to How to talk to ...
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How can users ask private questions anonymously on this site?

For this, You may create a new anonymous account which is not linked to any SE site. This way, your question can't be traced. However, remember you shouldn't be using this account to interact with ...
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7 votes

Should we make the tour a requirement for new user activity?

I'm going to vote against this because the majority of the time, users shouldn't need this. If you choose to use any website (even outside of Stack Exchange), it's on you to read the rules. In ...
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7 votes

Hygiene tag proposal?

personal-hygiene should work for anyone's hygiene, not just your own. If it relates to the hygiene of a person (as opposed to any other thing), then it's personal hygiene. If you look at the questions ...
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Should we add a stack-specific close reason for off topic "dear Abby" questions?

This is now live with the close reason as suggested (last box on the answer) Let's take some inspiration by the options users have posted before: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic ...
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6 votes

Feature request for moderating answers

This is a standard in SE. 3 delete votes from >4k users or 6 recommend-to-delete votes from <4k users will delete the answer if the answer has zero or less score. From 13th point of this answer, ...
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6 votes

How to style 'extra' information, backstories, etc in a post?

I'm personally not a fan of using quote markup for this. I'm mentally expecting a quote to be... a quote. Now, I do use them regularly on ELL to set examples apart but these are generally single lines ...
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Would stretching some privilege milestones reflect closer congruence with the learning curve and would that help moderation work?

It seems like the question that you are referring to is this one, specifically revision 8. I would like to make 2 observations on this. The user who edited your question did not have 1000 rep, but ...
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Can we let adequate explanation be an alternative to "Backing it up"?

We're having a namespace collision on the phrase "back it up policy" which is adding to the confusion that's happening with this topic. Right now we are using the phrase "back it up" to refer to ...
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This one weird trick gets rid of all off-topic comments. Let's use it!

If Robert wants to test it here, I'm willing to be a guinea pig but I'm not going to hold my breath that it will work. Area 51 does not reflect an actual site, the types of users, and the types of ...
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5 votes
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Option to suggest an edit instead of immediately pushing it?

After a certain level of reputation, one's edits are no longer peer-reviewed or up to OP to accept or not (...) My proposal: Having a button besides the regular "Save Edits" button, like "Propose ...
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