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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

Use comments to criticise posts, not users. Publicly advising a person can most likely upset them, and the issue is only magnified in the case of online text only exchanges where you do not show your ...
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Has the policy on "excessive commenting" changed?

Since comments are ephemeral, I'm moving Dan Bron's to this answer. ;) I don’t think there’s a policy that overly-long comments must be moved to chat. That’s one option for what to do with them, ...
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Please Justify This Deletion

We are sensitive to transgender issues and your answer was ill-informed. I understand that you were referring to a 'genetic' viewpoint of parentage, but your answer neither made this clear nor ...
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Please Justify This Deletion

Generally, you aren't notified or given a reason if your answer is deleted. You definitely should not expect this—that's just not how deletion works on Stack Exchange. (Nobody else has the ability to ...
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Undo removal of comments to chat

Explanation of typography here. @tchrist managed to cite ten supposed dupes. (Only nine unique ones though. I guess to emphasize the duplicated nature of my question). He claim that he’s not “at ...
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Lack of context with this template

It's not that your answer lacks explanation per se, but that some people argue that your answer should consist of mainly your own words to make it an expert answer, which I agree with, but in my ...
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2022: a year in moderation

Happy 2023! I can see there are about 1000 fewer post bumps this year. Would that imply that more posts have been answered now?
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Should moderators lock posts without giving a reasoning for it?

The reason is always given in the lock message. In your case, it's so that people actually bother to answer you instead of just commenting you, which breaks our system here. The way you asked your ...
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Who will take up the mantle?

Not an answer, but Matt, how much time on average per week did you have to spend moderating ELU? And is there a sort of KPI to monitor mod performance? Asking for potential mods to take note.
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Undo removal of comments to chat

Explanation for typography here. Thank you for your reply, @medica, both for its content and for the evident respect with which it was delivered. I wish you had addressed the point about attribution ...
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Undo removal of comments to chat

Explanation of typography here. Only one response was unexpected, and that was the answer from @Shog9, informing me that they used to delete comments, period and that if I didn't stop making "too ...
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Holding or Closing Questions

I just experienced this 5 minutes ago. I was answering this question: What nouns can be used to mean someone who is angrily inciting hatred in a public area against innocent people? I then saw that ...
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