Questions tagged [moderation]

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Is there a way to completely delete posts?

I regularly delete answers if other answers to the same question are better. Sometimes I delete answers because I'm not sure whether they are "good" (e.g. expandable, or conflicting with ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Many thanks to Martin Scharrer

TeX-sx left beta in 2011, and since then we have had a team of three moderators: me (Joseph Wright), Stefan Kottwitz and Martin Scharrer. All of us have worked hard to make the community work, mainly ...
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Can one turn comments into a chat retroactively?

In this question the comments keep piling up. I wish I had started a chat earlier. Now it doesn't seem to be an option.
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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How to deal with an accidental downvote?

I accidentally downvoted an answer that I really meant to upvote, and didn't realize it until it was too late. (The answer not only gives the desired result, but includes a good explanation, so a ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Dealing with and reporting not-so-friendly users (especially when they delete the post)

Recently, I had a discussion with an unfriendly user (Direct counter for the total daily votes, in the now-deleted answer), who took their liberty to qualitatively assess my soul. While I tried to ...
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Moderation in non-trivial cases

There have been a few cases recently where the moderator team have taken action involving high-profile users, and that has lead to some of these high-profile users deciding to leave the site. There ...
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Roles and actions: Moderators

I recently saw that several of the high-rep users were getting suspended. Then it got to think me why are they getting suspended. By thinking in that direction, I see that when an issue occurs: the ...
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Flag a profile that contains specific offenses

Is it possible to use a red flag to indicate a profile that contains offenses?
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Is it possible to send a private message directly to the moderators?

Is it possible to complete a form on TeX.SE that can be sent directly (and privately) to moderators? If so, where can I do that?
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Do we need more moderators?

Joseph required me to set a threshold. Let's say that the answer to the title question is "yes" if this post reaches at least 30 upvotes in one month's time. Recently: three top users deleted their ...
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How can I see the reason that is selected on deleting my post?

When someone is answering a question... the community (at least some members with a minimum amount of points -I suppose-)... can "flag" our post for deletion (through the button "delete"\footnotemark[:...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Solved by comment -> how to flag

I'm a bit confused about this procedure. I mean: I know that sometimes one solves the question in the comments, and the comment itself is something that need not be transformed in an answer. I also ...
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

Does anybody know (a moderator?) who is the user that has been removed which yesterday night caused to many of us a great amount of lost reputation? I don't think he is Harish Kumar, who had a very ...
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Is it possible for moderators to edit my comments?

According to 2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest, the answer is yes. And here I thought my memory was going! But still, making gratuitous changes is rather childish, and forces me to ...
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How to vote to reopen a deleted post?

This interesting https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/222545/4686 answer was deleted by three community members. I looked in vain for a way to register somewhere my interest in this answer and my vote to ...
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How to deal with robo-reviewers?

The following is taken from What are the review queues, and how do they work?: The review queues (also known as review tasks) contain posts that possibly need community attention, as determined by ...
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Can moderators see deleted comments?

A comment can be made obsolete, for instance, by the deletion of an earlier comment on the same post. Under the assumption that a comment on a given post (question or answer) gets flagged as obsolete ...
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Flagging automatically flagged posts as invalid

This is perhaps more of a personal question regarding moderation, but others might also have come across it. Hence its presence here. The question Switch to LyX Code Keyboard Shortcut had a simple ...
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Handling 'non-answers' from new(-ish) users

Making new users feel welcome is very important, and we've discussed before steps to avoid putting them off. At the same time, we want to encourage new users to follow the correct Q&A approach ...
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Do we like non-TeX-SX moderator activity on the main site?

I just stumbled across something that I'm not sure whether I like it or not. Well, actually, I know that I don't like it. I'm just not sure whether I'm being a bit over-sensitive or not. It seems a ...
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Deleting questions in response to OP requests

We recently had a request (as a moderator flag) from the original poster of a question for it to be deleted (Laying out an enumerate environment evenly in two columns with a picture in between). I ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Moderator Job Description

Reading between the lines, it doesn't look like it'll be long before we get our proper moderator elections. I don't hang around much on the other SE sites so I can't be sure of this, but I have a ...
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Deleting really exact duplicates

There has just been a post which was repeated almost immediately due to a user account issue. In general, we've agreed not to delete or merge duplicate questions, but in this case the two versions don'...
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Wikification policy

Joseph made the qn Good practice on spacing CW, which was more or less within the bounds of Stack Exchange de facto practice before the Great CW Policy Change. It does seem kind of hardline now: it's ...
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When will there be a 'proper' moderator election?

Okay, it looks like moving out of beta will happen soon (based on this thread, for example). So I wonder what happens about the moderator situation: do we have an election for moderators at some stage?...
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Where are the moderation tools?

The FAQ states that at 2k rep, one may delete closed questions and access moderation tools. Similar to this question, I don't see anything new that would indicate that I have additional access. What ...
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[Mod page] Choosing 'flags' means that other option vanish

A moderators-only issue, and tiny but still there. From the 'mod' page, if I choose 'flags' then the other options all vanish. So I have to go back to get at them, whereas if I pick another option ('...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Moderator Pro Tempore Nomination Thread

This thread is for nominations to be a temporary moderator to help the community get started. See this Blog Post for more details. Selection Criteria: Have a reasonably high reputation score to ...