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Kit, we wish you all the very best of luck. In this site you are a most essential part. Take your time, and hang in there until you're well. Zeal in modding must now wait - your health comes first - Fellow mods of English bear your burden well. On returning you'll find hats we saved for you. X-rays, surg'ry - you'll pull through, and see you soon!...


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It's not right that Kit should miss the Hat Dash. I think this "hat" expresses how we all feel about you:


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My thoughts on this... I had never crossed with a Historical Lock post before, so I firstly tried to understand what it is and what it means. I found this reference on meta. The relevant parts of it, IMHO: What is the purpose of a historical lock? A historical lock preserves content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now ...


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I'm back. The cancer was fully resected with no follow-on care necessary.


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We have this question come up from time to time. Moderators are sometimes inactive for extended periods of time. We have a mechanism of recording a 'leave of absence', which is helpful for marking vacations as well as longer holidays. We have one mod in particular who took almost a year off to focus on his studies. We manage leaves of absence pretty well ...


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FumbleFingers has the basic answer. I'll summarize. With regard to moderator activity in general, there are many things we do that the user community is not privy to. Some moderators might never go to chat or comment or post on Meta. Some might not issue warnings and suspensions. Other might not do {mysterious other things we do}. Others do to varying ...


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A note An essay Ramblings from one of your current moderators Moderators have significant latitude in their duties and abilities, ranging from closing questions to suspending users. But at the very heart of our (and I do realize I have changed person here, thank you very much) actions is the flag queue, in which we deal with posts and comments that other ...


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The newly elected moderators are not going to replace the existing ones; they are added to them. This means we will have five moderators, after this election. The number of available positions depends on the needs of the site; if a site requires more moderators, then more positions are available. As far as I have seen, the minimum number of available ...


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From this answer to the Meta post "What recourse do I have if I believe a moderator has abused their privileges?": It's often best for you to try to work things out at as low a level as possible. If you have a problem with one moderator, it's faster for you to reach any of the other elected "Diamond Moderators" on your site as they have the most ...


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Just my thoughts... I'm a big fan of Dan Bron's answer — it's one of a kind, and I've never seen anything like it, and in fact, I think that's the major reason people were interested in the question and how it became a viral hit; a bigger hit than it would have been if it were to hit the HNQ without his answer. I've voted up the answer and the ...


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As waiwai933 himself commented a few months ago... Moderators are removed if they have not visited the site in six months. I think the general idea is that ideally, moderators wouldn't actually do anything at all. In principle, if the site is operating well (and not under attack by spammers, etc.) then ordinary users (at least, established ordinary users ...


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Sorry for the delay to my answer. I wanted to give myself time to forget your post so I could take a fresh look at it. Having reread it I have to agree with Andrew. As to why I didn't inform you that the answer wasn't an answer. Is that something that needed to happen? I've never done it before, when someone posts and answer that doesn't attempt to answer ...


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It wasn't me who deleted it (for those who can see deleted posts, it's here) but it's not an answer to the question. It's a collection of comments in the answer box, and you have found the justification in the Help: "commentary on the question or other answers". As if to make that point, it attracted three downvotes before you were saved from any more; and ...


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A community call for moderator resignation or dismissal due to inactivity is based on a misunderstanding of the relationship between the community and the moderator. Your view might be that people who run for moderator make promises of performance to the community if elected: promises which they have a duty to the community to fulfill. Perhaps you view ...


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I didn't know the yellow ax question had been locked. Did you? Not until I saw this hot meta post, no. Though I'm glad attention has been brought back to it, I've now re-read it and found a lot of DanBron's later research that I previously missed. Is this [the locking as historic] a surprise for anyone? It's not particularly surprising, no. I think the ...


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I'll just limit myself to being transparent about why I did what I did, and leave it to the community to either leave things as is, or reopen one or close the other. We want to collect definitive facts about what English words and phrases mean, when a good dictionary or thesaurus is inadequate. The "what topics" help page invites questions about the ...


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You don't need to be absent to be present, because: L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux


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