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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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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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Of your 67 answers (plus the others now removed), three have been edited by others: Word for "term for inhabitant of" — removed "Go and Google it" and added a real reference instead What word describes the relationship between words like "art" and "artist?" — spelling correction https://english.stackexchange.com/...


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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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As for what we should do with questions coming from our "resident troll" on their own merits, all questions I’ve seen should be closed Off Topic (out of scope). Questions generally include a link to a page published on the Internet, an excerpt, and a proposed correction. The question is whether the excerpt should, as the OP thinks, be corrected or what the ...


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It's not to do with our perceived closure rate, but is rather a shift in standard SE policy for handling sockpuppets. By deleting puppets, users who answer the question are not unfairly punished. Account mergers are reduced in number, and shifted to the devs and autobots. Also, content is judged on its face, rather than by who posted it. If a question is ...


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The change of policy about handling sock-puppets is a consequence of another change: Moderators cannot anymore merge user accounts. (I checked on the site where I am moderator, and the menu item which allowed that is not shown anymore.) As for voting to close a question as not a real question because the duplicate question was closed for that reason, you ...


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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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I'll try to answer each of your points. It's just my opinion of course. Sometimes, power gets to people's heads. I'm someone who criticises people's posts. Those I criticise might think it's a power trip. I see it as a way of improving questions and answers and the standard of the site generally. Personally I don't care who I criticise: If they have ...


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As a long time user here, I don't see anything egregious in your answer to warrant voting to delete. It does not seem opinionated, but then I agree with most of what is said. But sociolinguistic assessment is hard to keep objective (being in the situation often means being on one side of a situation). I note that as of deleting time it had 14 upvotes and ...


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Your answer seems like a legit post, it attempts to answer the question (no is a viable answer to single word requests), you provide a solid argument (it isn't merely a comment) and it isn't covered by other answers. Note that, as far as I know, new users cannot really delete posts. Normal downvoting requires 125 rep and certain flagging (which as you ...


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I think the question is fine. And I think a question should be judged on its own merits, not on whoever asks it. I have flagged it to be undeleted. Only real spam should be marked as such: an OK question by a user with a history should never be marked as spam. As to real spam, yes, that should be defaced. But this is not it.


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I indeed wanted to warn people from getting drawn into our troll’s webs, and my comments and close-votes were not doing the job. As J.R. correctly surmised, the problem was that it had begun to draw flies, meaning that it was luring the unsuspecting into its devices, and we had neither a moderator nor enough high-rep users on hand to quickly take out the ...


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How to handle a series of very similar worded questions? Treat each and every question on its individual merits. If it's a duplicate, flag it as such. If it's boring, ignore it. If the answer is obvious, use the comment section. Wait at least a few hours before closing it as being "off-topic" etc. because someone might answer the question brilliantly. ...


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