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While I agree with the general sentiment of what you've said (e.g. not having protracted discussions about users who aren't present) the main issue is that there is a total lack of information emanating from the Community Managers and Community Moderators when major events occur. It is often down to the users themselves to work out what the hell is ...


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As recently being suspended I myself was never told anything more than a canned answer, which lead to other users inquiring on my behalf. While in the end I was to blame for my suspension, my initial contact lead me to believe that I was being wrongly suspended, and after responding via the proper methods, I never received an update or personal explanation ...


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Keen has worked tirelessly to make this community a better place, doing so with grace, patience, and calm. Thanks for all the hard work, Keen. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that you will be sorely missed.


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Generally no. Atrocities committed by Nazi Germany and other powers are history and are generally not on-topic here. However, works of science fiction and fantasy often draw from political history; a discussion of history may be on-topic if it is necessary "to do a meaningful analysis of fictional work". For example, an alternate history in which the Axis ...


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Sorry about that. The question has now been re-closed. But since you asked why, here's the full sequence of events: Hamlet originally posted the question on the old Literature Stack Exchange, back in 2011. (Notice that the answer is from someone with a greyed-out username, as happens with migrated posts.) When the old Literature Stack Exchange was closed ...


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Indeed it would be a conflict of interest for a moderator to dismiss flags on their own posts. But I handled the flag you are referring to.


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I am informed such a breach of protocol is non-standard. I apologize for any inconvenience or disturbance this may have caused. It will not happen again.


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You will be missed, Keen. Live long and prosper, and may the Force be with you.


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Update #2 The question has now been mod-hammered open by moderator Thaddeus Howze. Update #1 The question, having initially been deleted by moderator Thaddeus Howze, has now been undeleted by another moderator, Kevin. As yet there has been no explanation from either mod to justify the initial deletion, nor the decision to undelete. This question ...


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Please remember that I and @Praxis are room owners of Mos Eisley -- we're both here to help try and keep chat -- no matter the topic -- flowing nicely and without abuse. I am not at my computer 24-7, but if you ping me or @Praxis (by typing @Praxis or @Slytherincess into the chat window and hitting ENTER), and I hear the ping, of course I will jump into the ...


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I'm not sure there's an "official" policy, per se, but there does seem to be a general "netiquette" on this topic, which roughly matches with my personal practices: This is the age old Fastest Gun In The West problem. Those who get the answer first should obviously be rewarded for their speed, but if there are instances where users post the same ...


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The question wasn't put on hold by any admins (they're called moderators on Stack Exchange) — it was voted so by regular users. How The Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation is that the users moderate. The moderators (who can be appointed or elected) only are called upon for issues users can't handle. Based on what I saw of your account, you're still ...


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No, this is not the place for these discussions. This site is about the works of science fiction and fantasy, and while works do draw from real world examples of politics, this is not the place to discuss the merits of those views. Sometimes answers do draw parallels to real life history, but typically this is supported in the work or by interviews with ...


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This question has come up in the review queue again and I have voted to leave closed. The "too broad" close reads as such (which was changed fairly recently IIRC). Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help ...


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Questions about issues such as race and sexuality often attract some less-than-polite comments, and so moderators tend to be quite proactive about pruning comments on such questions. The last thing this site needs is an ugly fight in comments about hot-button issues. Even the questions themselves can be controversial, let alone the comment sections. Your ...


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On moderators and high-rep users I think you may have slightly misunderstood some of the differences between high-rep users and diamond moderators. I flagged it. I saw that certain moderators ie. high-rep users were actually on the site. I waited, thinking that the one of them would actually step in, and the answer would be atleast downvoted/flagged/...


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Yes, that was inappropriate From the Chat FAQ: Do I have to be nice? Yes. We expect community members to treat each other with respect … even when they don't deserve it. And from Rule Number 1, the Be Nice Policy: Rudeness and belittling language are not okay. Your tone should match the way you'd talk in person with someone you respect and ...


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I think you should just make a new post and recommend that one be deleted. My own rule of thumb is this: I don't put more effort into editing a post than the author put into their post in the first place. The original post is one line, no research, saying "this is what my friend said". That effort is near enough to 0. It's worth 0 editing. What you've ...


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I'd like to propose an addendum to Null's position: discussing political issues should be OK if it's necessary to analyse a SFF work, like Null says, but I want to add a constraint to that to better define the territory. Discussing politics is acceptable when it's necessary to analyse a SFF work, to the extent it remains well-connected and justified by ...


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Thank you all for the points you raised, both Richard in his post, and the comments. We're working to improve how we handle these unfortunate situations, and this feed back is very helpful in this process. Thanks!


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We don't un-wiki posts unless there's a very compelling reason to, and CW'ing to avoid gaining rep certainly doesn't fall into that category. Using CW to avoid rep loss on a post expected to net negative rep is really the only questionable use for it, and given current guidance (below) even that would not be reason to un-wiki the post(s). If someone ...


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I don't always see exactly eye-to-eye with Richard in how he moderates, but I think he has been very careful in his moderation since becoming a mod. Your question and answer state that diamond mods should stop acting like generic users, but I see no reason to say they are. The most obvious power a mod exercises is binding close votes. I've never seen ...


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No, moderators cannot create a full post on behalf of a user, even from a comment they posted. All we can do is what you already did, encourage them to post it as a full answer themselves.


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Flags will bring a moderator to the scene and if they agree with the raise, will act on it as suggested. But if you're not a moderator, you won't see that and might think they're trigger happy. That's the same as if they came across it on their own. If they spot something and are in tune with the community, they don't have to always sit on their hands ...


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Addressing the assertion that Richard is free to close any question by himself, I ran this SE Data Explorer Query (Richard's ID = 20774) and found all Richard's close votes since he became a mod (enter '2015-02-03' for the SinceDate). There's only 62, 36 of which were closed as duplicates. So we have: 30 questions (31 votes) solely closed by Richard 16 ...


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