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I’ d like to answer to this question as the principal, or the accused who voted “Reopen” to his own question. I have no intention to excuse. Let’s me simply recount what’s happened. I found my question asking the meaning of “meth, methhead, and do meth” was closed for reason of being off-topic, and I think there was one Reopen vote, but not very sure. I ...


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Moderator messages are private, for your protection. You're free to respond and correspond privately, working with the moderator team to resolve the problems without risking your public reputation. ...But since you've chosen to waive that privilege, I'll share a screenshot of my own: As you can see, there have indeed been quite a few questions "which were ...


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A moderator re-opening their own question, closed by the community, is clearly a conflict of interest. Moderators are supposed to know the rules and closing reasons, so they typically wouldn't post things that are closeable, so this particular conflict does not seem like a common case. That said, moderators can still have posts that were wrongfully closed, ...


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Putting a question on hold is not bullying. It is a request from the closers to the question asker to improve the question. If you feel you are being bullied then this is a very important matter. You have two options: Come to chat and ping one of the moderators to ask for a private chat so you can disclose the bullying you have experienced, and ...


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medica wrote an excellent response here already; I'd just like to emphasize one thing: in years past we just deleted comments like these, removing them permanently with no record whatsoever so as to make room for new ones... THAT is the alternative here: permanent deletion. That a moderator took extra time to archive the comments is nice, but quite ...


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The best way to deal with good questions from banned users is, as Andrew Leach said, to transfer them to Community. (I thought that was already one of Community's functions; if not, it clearly should be). But the best way of dealing with the user himself is surely to ignore him. Dummy accounts, circumventing the rules, abuse; these are just ways to annoy '...


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I'm fairly new to EL&U, and am not sure who this discussion is about, but I would say that I would not mind in the least losing reputation points if I unwittingly answered such an abusive user's questions and those questions were subsequently deleted. I wouldn't want "tainted" reputation points! I think this person's questions should be deleted as soon ...


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There is a lot to address in your post, and I will address points as they come. My opinion is derived from my years as a member here, and my time serving as a moderator on another site. I believe the problems mods face are pretty similar from site to site. Two further substantive comments were deleted on the grounds that once a comment thread is moved to ...


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In this post, the ELU moderators attempt to consolidate all the advice in order that: it’s relevant for the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange site; it’s all in one place; it’s easily assimilated; and it provides a starting-point for future moderators as well. Because this site actually discusses language, there are some quirks and edge cases ...


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Moderators can't cast non-binding votes. Before moderators were moderators, their votes were ordinary votes and listed in exactly the same way as other votes (that is, in the order received). When a moderator is elected, every mention of their name gains a diamond. Having existing comments and votes suddenly gaining a diamond is something which candidates [...


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Closing a question is not bullying. Where did you get that idea from? I have often voted to close questions, which deserved to be closed. What am I then? A bully? I find your glib accusations highly offensive, and defamatory.


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Stack Exchange is a Q&A network not a discussion forum, but this question has repeatedly drawn opinionated side comments. There are currently more than 150 deleted comments on that question and its answers. Moderators are instructed to intervene to keep the site within the Q&A framework rather than letting it turn into a discussion forum. We have ...


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Using mod privilege to re-open one's own closed question is a conflict of interest. We have a natural tendency to believe our questions are on-topic, otherwise we wouldn't have posted them. Normally, moderators do not act on flags pertaining to their own posts and do not engage in privileged activity involving their own posts (with the exception of editing). ...


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Information systems that associate an owner with all objects in them need to account for what happens to those objects when their original owners go the way of all things. What happened in this specific case is that someone posted a bounty and then self-deleted their own account. Whenever that happens, the orphaned bounty is adopted by, or if you would, “...


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From my perspective, moderation is only indirectly about teaching people to become good citizens. The goal should be to foster an environment where folks feel free to participate and can enjoy the site. Publicly reprimanding someone is rarely a good way to accomplish that (sometimes it is called for, but not often). If someone just had a bad day or chose ...


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You should flag the post for moderator attention, and specify why you think the username is inappropriate.


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I expect the mods have discussed this amongst themselves. Here's my two-penn'orth: If it's obvious that a user has created a sock puppet to circumvent a suspension, one way to deal with it is to delete the question before anyone has a chance to answer it. This means effective moderation will have to be possible from all time zones — Europe, Australia ...


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Hectoring is A Bad Thing. Individual users should avoid responding to hectoring at all. Hectoring requires moderatorial (what a great word) intervention when it damages the site. Now that's out of the way (and those answers are no more foolish than the questions), can we have a reasonable discussion please? Though in theory anybody annoyed by a comment ...


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I've been here, done this, and bought this T-shirt. It's even been through the laundry a few times. First, we get a spate of bad questions – that leads to a lot of closed questions. And that leads to a question on meta, asking, "Are we closing questions too indiscrimantly?" or, "Are we too getting too snobby?" or, "Are we the rudest community on the Stack ...


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All three of the linked examples are from the same user, so as with the recent kerfuffle over mods reopening their own questions, it's almost impossible to address the issue without referring to the relevant specific individual. In this case, the relevant user has asked 31 questions (not including anything that may be deleted) in 12 months on ELU, only two ...


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I freely admit I don't know why tchrist wants to retain sh** in his question title. But as John Lawler comments above, the poster is the ultimate authority on the proper content of their post. This is particularly the case when there's overwhelming evidence that the OP has excellent command of English. In such situations, unless it's screamingly obvious you'...


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I think that merging the new account with the suspended one would avoid removing reputation to users who provided a useful answer, which would be a punishment for something they didn't do. If the question is legitimate (apart the fact it has been asked from somebody who is not supposed to ask questions because suspended), then who answered deserves the ...


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As a mod on two other SE sites and a long-time creator and moderator of online communities, I feel for you. May I share some principles to help guide your considerations? Abusers want attention, even if it's extremely negative. Deny them this and they will go away. Time is of the essence. Online communities are inherently fragile, even when closely ...


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You've already been given the actual stats. Yes, you've had a few highly rated and viewed questions. But you've had overwhelmingly more that are voted negatively or deleted. That is a rare accomplishment. Now voting and closing are for the most part done by multiple people, not by single autocrats. And the temporary suspensions are done automatically, ...


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Low quality is not the same thing as wrong, incomplete, or unreliable. An answer that is readable and apparently addresses the question passes the quality test.¹ When an answer: (i) fails the test; (ii) is impossible to fix or would take an unreasonable amount of effort to fix; and (iii) does not fall into another low quality category (spam, abusive, or not ...


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I suspect your 'question' here will soon be closed as a duplicate. Misunderstanding of the answer you linked aside, comments at ELU (and, I presume, elsewhere on StackExchange sites) are explicitly ephemera, subject to removal at any time. So the answer is no: moderators should use their best judgement when removing comments, but I suspect the relative value ...


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Heavily downvoted bad answers should be preserved as feedback for visitors, not deleted. They demonstrate the sorts of answers that are not welcomed by the community, and may prevent such answers in the future. In this specific case, deletion of the answer may lead someone to believe the “soggy biscuit” thing has not been brought up before and cause them ...


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I agree. The criteria seem to be: If there is any ambiguity in the question, then it is 'not a real question' and should be closed. If the question asks for the best word or phrasing for a specific context, the question is 'too localized' and should be closed. If the question asks for a general principle, then it is 'too general' and should be closed. If the ...


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I disagree with your opinions of what should be closed. Everything that has been closed on your list is closed within our existing guidelines. This is the shape I want for EL&U (from my election thing): I want EL&U to be a great academic resource and enlightening place for serious English language enthusiasts. We are still awaiting enough ...


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Yes, indeed: you are now a Superhero, able to wield the mighty Mjölnir. Notice the gold badge where the diamond would go:


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