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Please investigate contextual bulk-flag-dismissal done by a specific, anonymous moderator

I have recently been flagging the clutter noise comments under posts. Comments that add no value nor information whatsoever, like "this is great answer", "+1 great answer!", "...
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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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Additional optional moderator election question

Sorry, I'm late with this question, I'll explain why: I was undecided whether I should run in this election. I had skipped the last elections, because to me it still felt too much like gunning for ...
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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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When comments start okay and then diverge, can we just move the latter ones into discussion, while keeping the appropriate ones above?

An example of what I'm talking about is here: https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/113513/discussion-on-question-by-ellenoid-how-should-i-deal-with-coworkers-who-dont-wa There were many comments, some ...
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Should we adopt the Academia SE rule banning allegations about named individuals or organisations?

On the Academia SE, there is a rule banning questions that allege misconduct by named individuals or organisations, including posts that allege that the poster has performed misconduct when the user ...
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Why was my edit suggestion to revert vandalism rejected?

I recently suggested this edit to revert vandalism committed by a user against their question. One reviewer accepted the edit, but then I see that it has been rejected (shows as a "rejected edit" in ...
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Is our policy adequate to our quality standards?

I witnessed a common phenomenomn where an objectively poor quality answer gets widely upvoted because people believe it's funny or because they approve people being salty toward OP. I identify poor ...
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Why was my question removed from HNQ?

Note: This is not a rant. I'm okay with whatever the reason from the removal was. I'm just curious to know the reason behind it. I recently ask this question: Am I obligated to work with my sexist ...
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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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Is two days enough time for a question to be open with active reponses going on throughout that time frame?

I just saw an explanation about a question being closed because it had been open for two days already and had more than one answer. The discussion of closing the question did not say anything about ...
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Separate Legal Advice from Company-Specific in Reasons to close

Based on the meta question on the interpretation the criteria to qualify a question as "company specific" brought up here, I noticed that there is confusion on what is the reason for closing a ...
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What is a helpful interpretation of “company specific” in the off-topic rationales?

I see a lot of questions closed for being off-topic because they are about “company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies.” What should be “in” and “out” given this description of off-topic ...
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No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order?

In the past few days, y'all have witnessed the terrible action Stack Exchange's done: They dismissed Monica, one of the most beloved and respected moderator and community members. Following that, all ...
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Why are nasty comments allowed [closed]

I been here for more than a year now and dont say much but here is what I notice I seen a few people run off and this bothered me for a while now when people can comment like this and flagging it ...
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Inconsistent comment moderation appears capricious

So I had a long comment thread form under one of my trademarked "Harsh Truth" answers here: How can I reply to coworkers who accuse me of automating people out of work? And I notice one comment I ...
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Did my comment get deleted?

In addition to a well received answer on this thread, I originally made a comment underneath the question suggesting to the OP that he should avoid stating his bad financial situation ("broke" - his ...
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What is and how does it work to be "suspended for low-quality contributions"?

My question comes from seeing this on some user's profile: I was previously aware that one could get suspended if one breaks the Code of Conduct, behaves rudely, posts spam, etc., but never have I ...
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What should be our approach on new feature allowing removal of a question from HNQ?

This is a recently introduced feature: There are times when the hotness formula selects a question that a site would rather not have featured. Up until now, the only recourse that was available was ...
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What determines whether comments are deleted or moved to chat?

As is all to common here, we have had yet another Meta question asking why comments were removed from a post. The answer to this is pretty clear, and I'm not at all questioning their removal. One ...
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

Dangerous workplace travelling This question had multiple comments which identified the area the OP was talking about, and had discussions about the relative safety of the US vs. other nations of the ...
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Was my comment not useful?

Edit: Rather than ask why my comment was deleted, I’d rather ask, was it not useful? I understand moderator fatigue is real, and comments are noisy — especially in Workplace — but, for a while, my ...
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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 with the (Done) in titles here?

We have a status-completed tag. Why are titles being cluttered up with their status? Are moderators not responding to flags asking to have things marked status-completed? I find this is really ...
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Can we remove wrong perception of "cowboy" from this answer?

OK, this one is one I'm having a hard time with: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/113657/9264 I know there is a common perception of what "cowboy" means in movies, but it's absolutely wrong, ...
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Is this comment adhereing to the be nice policy?

I recently answered a question, to which this comment was made: This is a horrible answer. Company cars are simply a part of your benefits and in OP's situation is it perfectly normal and ...
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Is it acceptable to make invidious comparisons and innuendoes?

EDIT: There are three moderators in the thread below, none of them have taken any action over this, so I assume that means the view of these moderators is "This is fine". Top answer with 12 is user ...
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Recent string of trolling questions

Recently we've had a large number of questions deleted because they were clearly trolling. Some examples (sorry, this is going to be all 10k+ links): New coworker demanding $10k, Autistic teenager, ...
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What are the best ways to keep controversial topics from getting heated

Inspired by this question: Advice for posting answers that invoke concerns of women in the workplace without always having to go back to the very basics? Since troublesome topics extend beyond ...
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What's the process for moving comments into chat?

I've seen on some occasions, either here or on other stack exchange sites, if I attempt to add a comment to a question / answer that's received many comments, an option that appears recommending to ...
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Why was this question about handling the fallout of a crass joke deleted?

Why was this question (not mine, although I answered) deleted? It's currently at net +4 (with one favorite), and several constructive answers, but it was deleted by Shog9. Per the FAQ, Generally we ...
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Snarky Members, how are they moderated

I have on several occasions had users respond with just plain rude/dumb comments to either my questions, answers, or comments. I flag them appropriately and our moderators to a terrific job of wiping ...
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Unsourced material may be disputed or deleted

Are employers allowed to access/search through one's personal email outside work hours? My answer got flagged and received a moderator note saying Some of the information contained in this ...
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Comment flagging - please try to use an appropriate flag type

Until recently, comment flag type did not matter very much and as moderators we basically processed them regardless of type. As a reminder when flagging there are the following options: From here: ...
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Request for data: What has been removed here as rude/abusive?

The Workplace has had a lot of discussions/arguments about what is or isn't rude. This came up most recently in chat, but it's at the core of a bunch of past meta questions too. It was also ...
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Delete votes, how does it work and why is there no notification?

An answer of mine was deleted recently. Without a comment. Without any kind of message. Just poof gone. Why does an SE post vanish like that? Why am I not even notified of this? I have the ...
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Here we go again... certain biases are OK... others not?

So we have this question - Should I talk to my team lead about unintentional sexism within the team? Lots of heated discussions. Lots of very sexist comments by a lot of women posters. One of them ...
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Silent Moderation

Due to the nature of Workplace questions, discussion and comments are inevitable. Because of this, we seem to be more tolerant of discussion here, more-so than other network sites. Recently, some ...
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Bad behavior on StackExchange - the Workplace

I'm ranking 8th place for the year on another StackExchange forum and I like to help people. I don't consider myself a troll. But it looks like "THE WORKPLACE" here is inhabited by people who are ...
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What goes through your mind when answering these questions?

So I mostly participate on the StackExchange site Superuser.com. Answers there, for the most part, have one solution. Sometimes, there are more than one answer, but all have a logical path to a ...
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Why is this answer with 43 upvotes locked?

This answer, which has 43 upvotes, has been locked since yesterday: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/46616/12321 I'm not sure it's worthy of my personal upvote, but as I cannot vote on it (since ...
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What right do mods have in reconstructing my answers and comments?

In my answer on question - How does one politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons? - I have an answer that had an entire paragraph chopped out of it. Not only that but the mods keep ...
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What happened to my comment?

I placed a comment on this question, recommending the OP to recommend Gmail to the other party due to its "did you forget to attach the file?" feature. This comment has disappeared for some reason and ...
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Should we hide comments on question with several existing answers?

Lately, there's been some questions about whether The Workplace has a comment problem. After spending some time talking with jmac and Shog9 (and reading more of this site's content), I'm convinced ...
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What should I do if believe a moderator is biased?

What is the best way to handle a situation where I believe a moderator is biased? If a moderator is the problem, who moderates the moderator?
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Will the real serial downvoter please stand up?

I guess someone is peeved at me, but doesn't have the courage to reveal themselves. -2 17:36 downvote My boss gave me everyone's pay by mistake and mine is lower, how can I increase it? -2 ...
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Our Comments Problem

our name is The Workplace, and we have a comment problem. We definitely have a comment problem We have tried to fix it, but haven't succeeded yet We want your help to figure out a way to do that We ...
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Is Workplace SE not community moderated like other SE sites?

Been using many SE sites (starting with SO) for a few years now. Questions are closed/put on hold in most sites by 5 votes from people who have crossed a certain threshold of points. I myself vote for ...
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Are regular users expected to edit when we see bad content?

If we see content that is abusive, offensive, dangerous, advising potentially illegal behavior, or lacking credible references or explanation(not following back it up) are we expected to edit it out ...
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We Want YOU for Community Moderation

"[The Workplace] is built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question ...
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