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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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Did we just lose *another* moderator? [duplicate]

A quick look at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators would suggest that we're at three mods rather than the usual complement of five four. Anything to report?
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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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Why was this Star Trek and slavery question locked?

Why was this question locked? The moderation banner at the top of the page on that question states: “Locked for 7 days. There are disputes about this question’s content being resolved at this time. ...
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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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2018: a year in moderation

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost ...
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Why was my flag ("un-make this answer Community Wiki") refused?

This answer was posted a few days ago. The OP decided to make it into a Community Wiki answer because they wanted to "disown" it because they felt that their answer... "isn't worth the votes". ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

Consider the below question:- Power of Infinity Stones in the Avengers Infinity War movie Any lay person can also understand what I am asking here and that is: Was the power of infinity stones ...
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Possible bias shown by high-rep moderators on a particular post?

This is one of my questions that was posted yesterday. Here, one particular user had posted an answer that was an unprovoked, rude and abusive. I flagged it. I saw that certain moderators ie. high-rep ...
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Did this light-hearted one-line comment (based on experience!) breach some rule of the site?

I posted a comment on this question: a song of ice and fire - Are there any transgender characters in Westeros?. My comment was: "Anyone who thinks that Westeros is tough has never spent time in ...
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Why was this flag (about a post containing religious slurs and anti-semitic content) declined by a moderator?

I spotted this gem of an answer to the question 'What do the symbols on the mummy's face mean?' Highlights include; Looks like the heretical language of Enochian (which has zero to do with ...
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Should a moderator have reopened this question?

This question; What's the most money actors earned for Star Trek in each era? was asked in August 2015. A few minutes afterwards it was closed as too broad on the grounds that it asks for answers ...
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Why was my flag on this non-answer "disputed"?

This question specifically asks about historic characters created on the holodeck. I was unable to find a definitive list, so I would like to know how many actual Earth history figures have been ...
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Why was this answer left locked open?

This heavily downvoted and mildly offensive answer was initially deleted by myself and two other high-reputation users. It was then subject to a meta discussion by the OP who felt that it had been ...
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

I'm sort of at a loss here. An answer was deleted by users because it was deemed offensive. A moderator undeleted and "improved the grammar" of it and locked it as undeleted. All the while, a ...
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Is "Because it's fiction" rude?

A while ago we decided that meta-answers like "because it's a story" aren't welcome on the site; To be blunt, there's absolutely no point to this site if answers are going to be "It's that ...
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How much editing is too much?

Consider this answer, which appeared on my low-quality queue. A user (ibid) commented a very good link backing up this answer. I then started to edit, but realised afterwards that I had completely ...
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Are we allowed to ASK about the reason for downvotes?

I understand that voting is anonymous, and that downvoters (or upvoters for that matter) don't have to explain anything to anybody; and that is as it should be. But, is there anything wrong with ...
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Why has this Animal Farm question been reopened?

This question about Animal Farm has just been reopened by site moderator Rand al'Thor. It was closed in 2015 as off-topic due to 'not being about science fiction or fantasy' in line with the accepted ...
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Why did a moderator delete this question about a paradox?

What story has someone step on a butterfly in the past and change the future, and what is that effect called? I can see some reasons for it to be closed (as 'Too Broad', per @Mike's comment). But ...
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Why were these posts deleted by Community ♦?

On the question What's the relationship among the many uses of the name "Praxis" in sci-fi?, there are several deleted answers that were deleted by the Community ♦ user: here1, here, and ...
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Are moderator flags private?

I recently used the "flag a moderator" function to raise a concern about another user's posts. I was quite surprised to see that flag openly posted into a chatroom, along with my username and a ...
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Why was round 3 deleted?

Why was this meta question deleted? There's no comment explaining, and it was mod deleted so no ability to nominate for re-opening. I can't see any other meta questions explaining it (including the ...
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Why was my answer moved to a new question?

In Working titles of Star Wars films? I currently have a deleted answer. Interestingly enough I didn't answer this question, I answered a question specifically asking regarding Star Wars Episode VIII....
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Goodbye and godspeed, Keen - and thank you for playing a large part in making this site great

For those who aren't aware, Keen has stepped down as moderator and left SF&F. It is up to him to decide whether he wants to share his reasons for leaving, or comment on his departure in any way, ...
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Unhelpful discussion around suspensions

In the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of discussion from the community about the necessity for community manager and moderator intervention. Whilst we value input from our community, we are also ...
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Is this comment inappropriate?

Here is what I wrote, it was in regards to an accusatory comment made to me which was so insulting, that I responded thus, I knew you'd come up with some kind of sophomoric response like that, and ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a moderator to review a flag on one of their own posts?

As site users we have the ability to raise flags on questions and answers, which is granted at 15 reputation. Moderators also exist and the Help Center states that: The most common moderator task ...
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Is the heavy use of superpowers exercised by Diamond Moderators right?

After recent election, I am seeing lots of Diamond actions... This is what happens these days: I ask a question and it gets closed within a minute, for example. They are highly active, that's great, ...
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Suspend (ban) account of spamming user account

A user calling themselves hitasoftmadurai has been banned several times now, for spamming with nonsensical answers, usually by cobbling together fragments found on the page. Please suspend this ...
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Do we have a policy on duplicate answers?

What should I do if i see an answer that's basically a duplicate (e.g. 100% of information in it is contained in an much earlier - say by at least an hour - and usually better answer)? Should I flag ...
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Is deleting really wrong answers OK according to the rules?

There are some answers on this site that are just plain out 100% wrong (explained why wrong in the comments, and usually downvoted). We can't flag them for moderators to delete (that usually gets ...
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Can the moderators convert a comment into an answer?

I know that moderators can take an answer that should be a comment, and turn it into a comment (attributed to same poster). Can moderators do the reverse (turn comment into an answer posted by same ...
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Who is taking care of the Blog?

Supposedly someone is monitoring the blog, but I submitted a post for review a few days ago and have heard nadda. Last time I submitted a post (the Harry Potter Movie Marathon) I ended up pestering ...
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Should moderators wait till community made its opinion fully known before closing?

Moderator votes are "binding" - meaning that, while it takes 5 close votes to close a question, a single close vote from moderator will do it no matter how many other people voted before. I would ...
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Suggestive Rules, hoop jumping and the need of a rulebook.

This is bugging me for a while, but I would like to raise the flag on a problem we have. We should avoid having "Suggestive Rules", having suggestive rules is far more damageable that a suggestive ...
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Should "trivially easy to find" be a benchmark for moderating the site? [duplicate]

It's subjective, isn't it? What's easy to find for one might not be for another. Who gets to decide what's easy to find? The twenty-something with vast experience using the internet and frequent ...
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Is it appropriate to edit questions for grammar?

How does the community want to respond to questions like: "Is I, Robot Wrote By Isaac Asimov", beyond the issue of Google-able questions? Should they ignore the grammar issues and respond to the ...
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