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Many thanks to Martin Scharrer

A very big thanks to Martin who beat me in the race for the first “Legendary” badge, which he earned on 11 November 2011, three weeks earlier than I. 😀 Although he stopped writing answers a while ago,...
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

This was openly discussed in the chat room today... The user was Papiro (User 13907). It was initiated by him and subsequently actioned. Personal motivations were cited. You can follow further ...
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Do we need more moderators?

It seems to me that there are three different questions here. And I'm sort of agnostic about all of them. More moderation? The first question is whether we need more moderation to counter rudeness ...
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Roles and actions: Moderators

On 'why suspend more than one person', this is an unusual step. In most moderation situations, there is a reasonably clear trail to determine the transgressor. For example, a user who posts unpleasant ...
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Roles and actions: Moderators

In general we don't discuss cases in public to protect privacy of all involved users. In the best case, it gets resolved and is over in a few days and can be forgotten. I'm not sure if it's a favour ...
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Roles and actions: Moderators

Dealing specifically with 'how long are suspensions for'. The model we are provided by StackOverflow is that a first serious issue should get a 7-day ban, and second serious issue a 30-day one, and ...
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Is it possible for moderators to edit my comments?

Yes it is possible for moderators to edit comments. In practice this is normally done only if the commenter requests it (as they've spotted an error but have missed the editing window) or where there ...
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Do we need more moderators?

A few thoughts. It happens that somebody leaves because of moderation action (with reasons). And every suspension is a moderator action. So you want to have more moderators? ;-) Any suspended user ...
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Solved by comment -> how to flag

Ask the comment owner, wait for a few days then post an answer if this really bothers you.
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Who is the user removed in February 2017?

This is more of a comment and proposition than an answer. Because it is too long to fit in a comment I wrote it up as an answer. In my opinion the policy of removing an SE member is very wrong. This ...
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Is there a way to completely delete posts?

Some approaches for organizing your deleted answers have been suggested in the comments. However, it may be of interest to discuss the underlying usage pattern. According to the Stack Exchange model, ...
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Is there a way to reply to a declined flag?

I was the one who declined the flag; here are some of the considerations I had: We (TeX.SE) don't have any policy on AI-related posts. The answer didn't seem off-target nor was it wrong. The answer ...
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Can one turn comments into a chat retroactively?

Moderators can move all the comments to chat (and that has promptly been done in this case), but it can only be done once for each question.
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Is it possible to send a private message directly to the moderators?

There is no private form to contact moderators. You may either: Flag material with a free-form comment to alert moderators to an issue Contact the StackOverflow staff directly about serious issues: ...
Joseph Wright's user avatar
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Flag a profile that contains specific offenses

Not really, unfortunately: the best one can do is flag a post by the user and explain in the comment.
Joseph Wright's user avatar
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4 votes

Is it possible for moderators to edit my comments?

Yes, moderators can edit comments. The other answer lists a few cases in which this is done. As a moderator on another site, I've also edited comments to remove rude/offensive content if the same ...
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How to deal with an accidental downvote?

Voting is the voter's prerogative, and therefore they are the person who needs to intervene if something was done by accident and any correction period has lapsed. The best way to handle it is to edit ...
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Dealing with and reporting not-so-friendly users (especially when they delete the post)

Deleting helps in cleaning but doesn't undo an offense. This specific case was unclear so I left it at deleting (explained in my comments I'll delete as not needed any more and in chat). Some other ...
Stefan Kottwitz's user avatar
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1 vote

How can I see the reason that is selected on deleting my post?

On posts for example (since your question's title implies you're inquiring about posts and not comments deletion) you can see the reason behind a deletion at the bottom of the question, like in this ...
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