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No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order?

This site was never too much in disorder, except for what was stirred up by SE themselves. As the saying goes, they made their bed, now they can lie in it. Their actions created this, they can ...
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No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order?

Not our problem, carry on as usual.
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Silent Moderation

Mods are highly trusted users selected by the Stack Overflow staff and/or the community. Often, their selection has something to do with their ability to contribute high quality content (and therefore ...
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Our Comments Problem

I second what Joe Strazzere said. Or reiterate what I said on the other post. Whichever. You don't have a comments problem; you have a UX problem. If you have to explain to people "what [Feature ...
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Why was this question about handling the fallout of a crass joke deleted?

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 ...
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Our Comments Problem

Does The Workplace have a particular problem with comment volume? I looked at the ratio of comments to posts (including deleted of both) and tallied up the sites on the network that average more than ...
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Silent Moderation

It is possible to answer a question about how to handle something you disagree with without attacking the OP or questioning their beliefs. Possible, yes. Easy? no. Why is this happening? Just a ...
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What right do mods have in reconstructing my answers and comments?

Ok, first off, it's clear that you feel strongly, but your post makes it seem like you may be letting perceived offenses get the better of you. If you want folks to give you the benefit of the doubt ...
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Will the real serial downvoter please stand up?

But not a single comment... are you afraid of getting your ears boxed again? Why would you say that? Are you in the habit of engaging in long, argumentative discussions with folks who comment on your ...
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Is it acceptable to make invidious comparisons and innuendoes?

I don't see any problems with Kate's use of hyperbole in this situation. The point of that paragraph, as I interpret it, is to preempt the argument of As long as the content is PG-13, any news source ...
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Silent Moderation

The comments on that question were not relevant. Most of them were just name-calling the OP. There was even a comment about vegan pastries not tasting as good as non-vegan ones. These "high quality" ...
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Bad behavior on StackExchange - the Workplace

First, Stack Exchange is NOT a forum. It's a question/answer site. Not a "here's my thoughts!!!" site. Not a "try X, might work!" site. A question/answer site. Questions receive answers. I gave ...
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Snarky Members, how are they moderated

The normal escalation process looks like: Users get a bunch of flags on their posts Moderators discuss if needed and delete flagged comments as appropriate User gets sent a warning message by ...
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Silent Moderation

Enderland and jpmc26 have already given good, thorough answers. I'm here to address "silent". Yesterday I left the following comment on the question: People who want to discuss the pros and cons ...
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Should we adopt the Academia SE rule banning allegations about named individuals or organisations?

Should we adopt the same rule on this SE site, since many (if not all) of the same reasons for it apply here as well? Definitely. There's nothing to be gained by naming names. Glassdoor is for ...
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Our Comments Problem

Since users appear to want to be chatty, make it easier for them to chat. Right now, users are forced to leave the Question/Answer UI and figure out how the chat system works. Too much work; not ...
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Our Comments Problem

I completely agree with @aroth. The label "add comment" causes people to react the same way they do at every other site - they leave a comment. If this were happening only rarely, then it would be ...
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No more active ♦ moderators. How should we keep the site in order?

We could all simply suspend all activity until SO comes to their senses and makes this right. The community, not just mods, is providing loads of free labor to these sites that SO benefits from. You ...
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What right do mods have in reconstructing my answers and comments?

As I explained in the edit summary, your latest edit just added your strongly-held personal opinions about religion. This is not a constructive change; rather, it degrades the quality of the site. ...
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Recent string of trolling questions

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 ...
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Inconsistent comment moderation appears capricious

I cannot speak for the other moderators, but I don't go looking for comments to prune. I am only really interested in comments flagged by the community. See more details here on a similar question: ...
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Silent Moderation

Comments on StackExchange sites are like drawings in the sand - and subject to deletion or moving to chat at the whim of any mod. Comments should help clarify, then get out of the way of the answers....
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Here we go again... certain biases are OK... others not?

I wasn't originally going to answer this because of the fact that I'm a moderator and a woman, my answer will probably be automatically assumed to be invalid. However, there are some points that I ...
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Here we go again... certain biases are OK... others not?

I usually refrain from participating in sexism questions on Workplace for exactly this reason. It seems to me that the more concerned that some folks are with systematic injustice and promoting ...
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What is with the (Done) in titles here?

The status-completed tag can only be added by moderators, and we get a lot of questions here asking for specific actions on questions (close, reopen, delete, fix...). Asking for the tag creates ...
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

Disclaimer: I'm not the mod who deleted the comments, I'm not any of the users who could have flagged the comments and caused them to be deleted. I'm not a mod of this site, and have no way of seeing ...
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Some mod is completely out of control on this board

You mean the comments speculating about the location and how dangerous it is? Or the ones about the efficacy of guns or karate for self-defense? Or the anecdotes about traveling in another country? ...
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2019: a year in moderation

I think this summary would be incomplete without mentioning the fact that in 2019 our site lost three out of five elected moderators. Further reading for those interested in more details: Update: an ...
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