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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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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 honestly ...


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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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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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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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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). ...


12

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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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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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'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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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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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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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. Comments are ephemeral.


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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 thought really useful for anyone intrigued by my question. But the list of comments continued to grow until a moderator transferred all of them to chat. When I ...


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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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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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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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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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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 available. My suggestion to those who disagreed with the correctness of the answer is to post their own 'correct' answer instead.


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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 woman is a henpecker") doesn't show whether a word with e.g. positive or negative connotations is desired. It doesn't show whether hazoriz is looking for a ...


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This particular user has asked some pretty intriguing questions, but the user seems to be more interested in luring other ELUers into spinning their wheels and wasting their time, as opposed to wanting to learn anything about language. The user has also been known to engage in some pretty egregious behavior, such as publishing phone numbers of other members. ...


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The answer is: it's Nortonn S. There is more information in my questions about sockpuppet policy and finding deleted questions. Mods (apparently) no longer have the ability to merge accounts to make sockpuppetry obvious. Another change which was made is that SE policy is now to allow sockpuppets' questions to remain and survive or fall on the merit of the ...


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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 confirm my hunch, I just visited several other SE communities and gathered data from the profiles of their moderators. I analyzed 15 moderators at random: the ...


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