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Is reopening of one's own closed question a misuse of moderator privileges?

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 ...
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Is reopening of one's own closed question a misuse of moderator privileges?

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 ...
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Moderators' policy on bullying

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 ...
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Undo removal of comments to chat

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 ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

Do the moderators ever monitor the extent to which people are using the up and down voting facility? No, of course not. And rightly so. If someone wants to cast fewer than 100 downvotes in 12 years ...
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Undo removal of comments to chat

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 ...
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Do we have any general guidelines on flagging?

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 ...
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Moderators' policy on bullying

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 ...
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Very shouty moderation messages

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 ...
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Can mods cast non-binding close votes?

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 ...
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Is there a way to report a rude/inappropriate username?

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

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 ...
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Is reopening of one's own closed question a misuse of moderator privileges?

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, ...
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Moderators’ policy on hectoring

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 ...
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Moderators’ policy on hectoring

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 ...
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Comments were moved to chat room, chat room was removed?

I appreciate the OP's bewilderment, I do. A similar thing happened to me some years ago: I had posted a question which attracted a fair number of comments, the comments were nearly all on-topic and I ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

At least on the answer side of the ledger, the point of an upvoting/downvoting system of the sort that Stack Exchange sites use is to provide a mechanism for creating community-based separation ...
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What is the recourse when mods delete comments without notice?

You have no "recourse" to moderators doing their job and deleting a comment "without notice". That simply is not how the Stack Exchange works. Although I was not the moderator who ...
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Why was my VLQ flag rejected?

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; (...
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Comments were moved to chat room, chat room was removed?

The chat room was deleted automatically for lack of activity. I'm a little surprised that that happens. It's been undeleted, since that's possible, but there's no guarantee it won't disappear again. ...
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Moderators removing valuable comments

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 ...
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Should we do something about the heavily downvoted answer on "take the biscuit"?

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 ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

Moderators monitor the voting behavior of only those users who are suspected of abusing their voting privilege, with targeted voting, sock puppetry and the like. Users are free to be lavish or frugal ...
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A single vote closes a question! Have I just been granted "superpowers"?

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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Moderators removing valuable comments

No. By definition, comments aren't 'valuable'. If they are worth keeping, they need to be edited into a real post. The comments were moved to a chat room instead of being deleted, so they are still ...
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If every answer is improper, doesn't that suggest standards are wrong or moderator is wrong?

You're correct that synonyms may have different nuances. The main issue I see with hazoriz's question is that it doesn't specify what kind of nuance is desired. The provided sample sentence ("That ...
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Holding or Closing Questions

The 'closer' gets to chip in their opinion, then closes it (or holds it) without giving a damn what others may be writing... Your anger might be misplaced a bit here. As @Chenmunka stated, the person ...
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Is reopening of one's own closed question a misuse of moderator privileges?

I think this is a rather unique situation, and some extenuating factors that ought to be considered. I'm under the impression that moderators typically answer far more questions than they ask. (To ...
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Lack of context with this template

It is a four word answer: “Fume is another possibility.” Kudos for properly crediting the work of another author that you relied on when you wrote it. All it lacks is the comprehensive explanation and/...
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A single vote closes a question! Have I just been granted "superpowers"?

In regards to your concerns over the use of this feature: I wish to note that we created this feature specifically for sites that get so many duplicate questions every day that it is not feasible for ...
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