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I left a comment on the question when I deleted it, but I'll elaborate here... The moderators caught wind of a group of sockpuppets operating on the site, and asked me to investigate. It quickly became apparent that several questions asked within the past few weeks had all been created by the same person, running multiple accounts and creating these ...


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I think its time to turn up the enforcement of the spirit of the be nice policy. Reduce the threshold for accepting rude/abusive flags especially in comments. If it could be considered rude then accept the flag and let the users that post snarky, and unhelpful or whiny comments suffer the penalties that were intended. Encourage people to flag comments as ...


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I have contacted the powers at be at SE to see how to handle this. I don't have an answer at the moment and as you most likely know, I am not a lawyer. I will elaborate on this a bit though and say that I will not delete your answers for you. You may want to review this: Legal Info from SE And this answer from Thomas Owens on this post. Related Post ...


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We're a site about the workplace. Shouldn't we emulate good workplace practices here? Save the insta-deletions for the questions that will burn down the site. Yes.


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Just to add my two cents: I follow Mister Positive in this, in the sense that we will not entertain requests for deletion of content. Any self deletions or defacing of posts will be reversed as SOP for moderators when site contributions are vandalised or defaced. Our mandate as moderators is clear in that regard. This is entirely separate from my personal ...


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Some thoughts: By far and away the best way is to close questions which should be closed. Whether or not people are trolling or naive or dealing with really unfortunate and highly unlikely situations is secondary to the, "does this question benefit the site?" question. It is also possible to find duplicates to the root problem and avoid the whole problem. ...


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It was deleted as "spam or offensive," presumably because it appears to promote a commercial interest.


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It attracted a strong negative reception including spam flags because it promoted a particular store. It also didn't ask a very clear question and there was suspicion that it didn't contain an authentic question and served only to advertise the store. While that commercial interest was obviously disclosed, overall the moderator team confirmed the spam flags ...


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I understand your frustration. Yes, I agree switching to a new license without consent is not nice. No objection on that. However, in reality nothing has changed. The license has changed, but you aren't trying to make profits from your writing anyway. You have absolutely nothing to lose. This is a Q&A site, we ask or answer, that's what we care. As long ...


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Thank you for your work to improve the question. I'm sorry for the collateral damage. That post was part of a multi-site trolling incident. For the reasons explained by Shog in this answer to another question about deletions, I felt it best to remove the question. Unlike there I didn't also delete the account; I'm still reviewing some stuff there. (The ...


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This post was deleted because it was (is) part of a coordinated spam attack. We (in this case I) don't delete stuff for fun. I cannot share any additional information beyond this. Similar situation here


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The user behind this post was identified as part of a series of troll users that mainly post on agism-related topics. As with the others this user was suspended and most of their posts removed. The reason you see rude/abusive or spam flags in these situations is because they will feed the automatic IP ban mechanism that StackExchange uses. As mentioned in my ...


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Please don't use answers to explain why a question should be closed; that's what close votes or flagging to close is for (depending on your reputation). The question was deleted because it had a score of -6 and was closed as being primarily opinion-based - you flagged it to be closed as such and you said that in your answer: Well, it may help to be punctual....


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This question was deleted by request of the author. It has now been anonymized and undeleted. I'll let the community cast delete votes again if they wish.


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You currently have a reputation of 11,555. 10k moderator tools: You must wait for a question to be closed for 2 days before you can vote for deletion. (This is lifted for 20k users). The question was close yesterday, hence you can't vote to delete yet.


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I can't quite tell what you're asking for here. The deleted question was closed (as a duplicate), so it couldn't get any more answers. The OP requested deletion, and while we don't generally delete questions with significantly-upvoted answers, we're more willing in cases like this. The first question you linked to is not on hold. If you don't like any of ...


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87921 was deleted at the request of the original poster, so, yes, it was justified.


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Bringing it up here on meta is a good start. Flagging the post for moderator attention is another option. Normally, it would take three votes from users with the delete privelege to undelete a deleted answer, but since one of the users who voted to delete in this case was a moderator, it will take a moderator to undelete. Since you've expanded the answer, ...


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No, it is not possible, but it was for good reason. That is all I feel is appropriate to say at the moment.


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Yes, the user was deleted, causing the question to be deleted as well. Users can delete themselves voluntarily, or be deleted for violations of the Terms of Service (source).


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In general, we try to exercise discretion when using the delete feature, leaving closed posts sit around so the community can review them, improve them, or vote to delete them. In some cases, the question askers specifically request that their questions be removed, which happened in this case. When this happens on an open post, with many upvotes and an ...


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I think some of these questions can be beneficial even if they are closed. I basically went through this list, thinking, "would I ever want to link to this question in the future?" and if the answer was "yes" I did not vote to delete. I'm torn, but this situation will come up from time to time. No vote from me I think this is a question a lot of people ...


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You need 10k rep to delete questions but 20k to delete answers. However, there's only one "delete votes" page where you're seeing this, and it's computed for the site, not for individual users. Unfortunately that means that, yes, you'll see some things there that you can't vote on. The larger font size is for questions and the smaller font size is for ...


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I don't see this as beyond the realm of possibility, esp since COVID. In my office, we went from jacket and tie to "casual", to people ignoring the dress code altogether. So much so, that if someone comes in dressed half decent, we will be treated to "How'd the interview go" or something equally silly. The question didn't seem to me to ...


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Ask to disassociate question from your account I posted a question that had been put on hold that had potential harmful consequences to my career should I be doxxed. After a few weeks of it not getting any helpful response I did a destructive edit which led to a rollback war with a mod and the question being reopened. The suggestion of the mod was that I ...


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Surely they were contemplated, but if it was deleted then it means that they weren't enough to make it worthy of reopening. Have in mind that deleting is a 10k+ privilege (20K+ for enhanced privileges), so surely those experienced users had valid reasons for doing so. Perhaps there were changes you made to it, but the main issues with the post revolve ...


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Okay, as a grand-master troll of old, I can say that Enderland has been making the right moves even without looking at his proof. I'm going by the old definition of troll, which came from the fishing term. From Wikipedia: Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water. This ...


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