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Unfair use of Moderation tools

It does indeed seem unfair. Dave thought it was on-topic enough to answer, for him, but closed it for everyone else to answer. This sends conflicting messages. Fortunately a question can be reopened ...
pipe's user avatar
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How can users who were suspended for posting alleged ChatGPT answers appeal the suspension?

You've asked an important question. Given more time, I could probably write a more detailed & polished answer, but that would delay things. On the basis that "something is better than nothing&...
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Which moderator to listen to?

There's a general rule across SE sites that if someone posts an answer as a comment, it's fair game to turn that into an answer. I think there's even a blog post by Jeff Atwood (SE co-founder) saying ...
Ward - Trying Codidact's user avatar
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Nix the reverse tag

I would agree; many of the questions tagged would be covered by the reverse-polaritytag latest questions tagged with reverse-polarity. The first question in the ...
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Why are flags on obsolete comments being denied?

I don't know why the flags were denied. Those comments, as well as others, were clearly made obsolete by subsequent edits of the associated posts. I've gone through and cleaned things up.
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Unfair use of Moderation tools

To clarify: the mistake made here by the moderator was to answer the question. It was correctly closed. Then it was incorrectly re-opened, likely because of this meta post. And now it is correctly ...
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Moderators: please explain the double decline

You read far more into a simple parenthetical comment than was ever intended, and chose to be offended by your interpretation. We really cannot control that. Jonk didn't mean that you were none of ...
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Moderators: please explain the double decline

I don't see anything offensive with the comment at all, although it's difficult to know for sure since we don't have the whole context. I think the chose their words to fit their target audience of ...
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What happened to Hoagie?

I know it's usually policy not to discuss specifics of bans Correct. The more details we give of any suspension, the harder it can be for other site members to view that person in the same way, if ...
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Suspension for Plagiarism

A commenter noted that "I, too, want to make sure that my friend has been treated fairly and is safe." I'll note up-front that I consider everyone my friend, and that I desire that everyone ...
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Low quality question tag?

You have a history of asking poor questions. These get downvoted and/or closed, and the system has locked you out as a result. This is to protect the site from more of the same crap you've already ...
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Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience?

I think that the question in the title deserves a clear answer. Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience? Of course! Otherwise there is no ...
pipe's user avatar
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Why was my answer based on information from a quote of the asker's comment deleted by a moderator?

The answer was deleted mainly because of the long drawn-out argument with the OP in the comments, that was based primarily on your inability to see details in the schematic. The answer itself was also ...
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Which moderator to listen to?

Your answers are old comments repeated verbatim. I'll show these answers here for folks who don't have the 10k visibility yet. from here [since it provides context for this meta, I'm not going to ...
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Suspension for Plagiarism

Russell has provided a useful answer regarding general principles. I will address your questions with specifics about the Stack Exchange network. If you want to "verify the plagiarism" then ...
Null's user avatar
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2022: a year in moderation

Wow -- that's close to 24K moderation actions. A giant thank you to our moderation team!!
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience?

To answer your questions from my limited experience on this site: No; I would personally not associate myself with any community, online or not, that was blatantly or implicitly sexist/racist/etc. ...
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May comments be used to answer old unanswered questions?

Absolutely! If people choose to write answers in comments, that's on them. There's no reason for you not to put the same information into an actual answer.
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3 votes
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Stack Exchange Moderator Survey email - including non-moderators?

You're not the only one. See this SO post. You should be getting an email soon saying something like Please forgive us, we just goofed I would like to sincerely apologize. I just mistakenly ...
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Unfair use of Moderation tools

Your revised version of the question no longer has anything to do with the moderators. Note that this time the question was closed by 5 ordinary users. One reason it got closed may be that you state ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Is it OK to edit a post to include a citation, rather than leaving a comment telling the author they should cite their source?

Thanks for asking. If someone else adds a missing reference for an OP, I have been surprised to learn from experience that this can actually cause problems, as I explain below. Therefore personally I ...
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Is there a policy on design advice re. public safety liability

You can't use SE and sue somebody else (well I supposed you could, but you wouldn't get very far). If your reading an SE page, your making SE's terms and an agreement. See here: Any legal exposure ...
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Why was my answer based on information from a quote of the asker's comment deleted by a moderator?

In all fairness, if a question is unclear or confusing, it should be put on hold until the OP can straighten out the confusion by an edit to the question. We should not answer such questions but ...
Lundin's user avatar
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Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience?

Is it meant to be just a boys' club? No its not, one problem here is not everyone is inviting to new users or women. People should be respectful to whomever is here. If you see language that is not ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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What happened to Hoagie?

The account is temporarily suspended for rule violations.
Null's user avatar
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Another strangely "Locked" question

There are (unusual) reasons which I cannot discuss publicly, sorry. (Moderator work is ongoing in the background...)
SamGibson's user avatar
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Suspension for Plagiarism

Any user with 10k rep can view deleted questions. Another thing I think you can check is how many flags a user has (but I can't verify this myself). There are certain users that create many problems ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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2021: a year in moderation

Very interesting. Any opinions on the spike in suspensions as compared to last year?? Was it the result of any policy change that can be pointed at?
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Why was this question locked?

Update: Migration was subsequently successful. Strangely, it is shown as being closed and migrated by Voltage Spike, BUT I closed it and initiated migration. Presumably we did so almost n parallel ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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