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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 discussion in the recent chat history, starting here. It was not Harish Kumar (User 11232). A large amount of reputation was removed due to voter fraud. At that time ...


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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 or other sorts of dissatisfaction with the site. I don't generally find this site particularly rude or unpleasant. Like anyone else, I sometimes encounter ...


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Of course the Stack Exchange Community Team has all rights of intervention also on this site. However one should also take into account the general atmosphere of the site. During the six months I've been here, I've seen very few cases of misplaced question like the one in TikZ figure in Beamer shifting way to the right of the frame and, from what I can ...


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I fully agree with your post (especially the sentence "One thing I really really like about TeX-SX is how friendly we try to be, particular with new users."). I would suggest contacting HedgeMage about this and inviting her to the discussion, since she is not just a non-TeX-SX moderator, but actually a "Community Manager" who has recently joined the ...


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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 comments will likely be flagged by several people, will post such comments in reply to multiple users, etc., and we can see where action is needed. Similarly, ...


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In order to understand why the current policy exists in the first place and why it works, one needs to understand the features of TeX-SE compared to other SE sites: Low question volume. Unlike other SE sites (Stack Overflow, in particular), one can easily read through at least the titles of all questions asked in a particular day in the space of a few ...


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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 to anyone to discuss in chat or on meta. Not everybody wants to see his topics in public, and on the other hand, you know, in a discussion you get more and ...


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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 is a typo that is clear and correctable. (Both cases are rare so I can't readily point to an example, though I know I've corrected things for people on occasion;...


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Yes, moderators can choose to see deleted comments and flag history (including 'handled' flags). So we can see the context of flags or later comments.


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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 after that we go to a year-long ban. However, before using any bans there is the step of simply making a polite request. On the other hand, out-and-out bad ...


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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 who is proud of the reason can go ahead and tell here. Otherwise we don't make things public since we value privacy and a better future together. No finger ...


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You've acted entirely correctly: the whole point of the 10k tools is to spread the load of keeping on top of issues beyond a small group of mods to everyone who has 'invested' heavily in the site. On the particular question you point to, I'm not quite sure what the 'disputed' is supposed to mean. Like you, I felt the answer was fine, with the shortness '...


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While only some of the larger sites have automated review checking, the moderators are in a position to suspend review privileges for users if necessary. Thus if you believe there is a pattern of behaviour to be addressed, raising a meta question about it may be appropriate. Ideally, such a question won't 'out' an individual but will rather highlight for ...


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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 does not just punish the member that is removed, but all members, including those who wrote answers to questions of the removed person and the rest of the ...


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Ask the comment owner, wait for a few days then post an answer if this really bothers you.


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Acting on a flag firstly means immediately leaving an informative comment for the poster, which also shows fellow users that somebody already cares for it. In encourages the poster to improve his/her question or answer himself. If I see flags and somebody commented already, I respect the still existing flag as a bookmark which will be taken care of or I ...


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I don't like the automated version of screening every detail on the site, though I see the need for it clearly. But We should be able to discuss this issue with robo-reviewers instead of ignoring the individuals and handling them super indirectly with a major code implementation. We had this discussion mostly with Papiro and others but they don't care. I ...


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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: https://tex.stackexchange.com/contact


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1. Ignore I will suggest just to ignore such childish behaviour. Any harm the robo-reviewers may do is negligible and do not hurt anybody. Actually, I earned two badges one of the last days for something I did not know exist. First, I accepted an minimal edit somebody had done (obviously I reviewed the question according to the system). Thereafter, I had ...


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Not really, unfortunately: the best one can do is flag a post by the user and explain in the comment.


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An existing feature of the StackExchange model allows for the resurrection of deleted posts. Yes, both questions and answers. Deleted questions can be voted on for undeletion by 10K+ reputation users who have access to moderator tools, while the same holds for answers in the case of a trusted user (20K+ reputation). The only exclusion here would be when the ...


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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 comment also contains useful information (e.g. in a debate in the comments). Similarly, comments can be edited to remove personal information (such as an e-mail ...


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This was reported by Joseph and it is not considered a bug but by 'by design'. If it is still an issue I guess it would be best to make a new post about it since the post that Joseph's is marked as a duplicate of has been removed.


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I'll just briefly say some ideas I have concerning the improvement of the review quality: Comments on reviews: Each suggested edit would have a comment thread, allowing the reviews to be commented. These comments would be received by the reviewers and possibly the editor (but I'm not sure whether that would make a good idea). Review flags: This has been ...


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What I'll propose is a little bit different of the review tests as they exist now. What I've noticed is that the post is cleared from the review queue when it's seen one time. What I can be done it's to modify the system and let the post on the review for 2 or 3 review, or for X minutes AFTER the first review. In this case if robo-reviewers make a different ...


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Since I was one of the delete-voters on the two answers, I can explain my reasoning why it got deleted, and maybe a bit of an insight why I didn't vote to delete Keks Dose's answer. The question itself is a bit misfortunate and I've already stated my opinion on this. However, I don't think that question asking for opinion-based answers should receive these. ...


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