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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

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 ...
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Why has this Animal Farm question been reopened?

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 ...
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Are moderator flags private?

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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Did we just lose *another* moderator?

Yes. In the last couple of weeks, Stack Exchange staff reached out to two of our site's moderators who hadn't done anything on the site for a while. I don't know exactly what happened in those ...
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Why did a moderator delete this question about a paradox?

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 ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

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....
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Possible bias shown by high-rep moderators on a particular post?

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. ...
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Did this light-hearted one-line comment (based on experience!) breach some rule of the site?

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 ...
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Should a moderator have reopened this question?

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 ...
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

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 ...
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How much editing is too much?

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 ...
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

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 ...
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Why was this Star Trek and slavery question locked?

Nothing to do with slavery being a touchy issue. If you check the revision history, you'll see that the OP was repeatedly editing replies to comments into their post and rolling back attempts to ...
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Why was my flag ("un-make this answer Community Wiki") refused?

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 ...
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Why was round 3 deleted?

Rogue Jedi, the event organiser, asked for the question to be deleted due to community disapproval of the chosen pairing for Round 3: Due to general opinion, I'm going to scrub Round 3 and start it ...
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Why was my flag on this non-answer "disputed"?

In this instance, it appears the flag was marked disputed because its trip through the queue resulted in two "looks ok" and two "recommend deletion" reviews. Remember, only Community♦ can dispute ...
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Why was this answer left locked open?

We were waiting for community consensus regarding political discussions in general. Shortly after the community started discussing the answer in question on meta, a new meta question was posted ...
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Is "Because it's fiction" rude?

I was the one who handled the flags on that answer. I don't exactly remember my reasoning for declining the "rude or abusive" flags before deleting the post, but here are my thoughts about it now. "...
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Are we allowed to ASK about the reason for downvotes?

It’s certainly discouraged According to this answer on the main meta site, written by one of our benevolent overlords: I flag them on sight. IMHO, they are noise at best, and potentially ...
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Why were these posts deleted by Community ♦?

A quick look at the timelines for these posts shows that these users were destroyed. The fact that there's three in a row with basically the same answer indicates that they were almost certainly ...
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Is "Because it's fiction" rude?

In general, I read "Because it's a story" as perhaps not rude, but certainly dismissive. It implies a foolishness to the conversation, and perhaps an attempt to suggest that the people asking such ...
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2020: a year in moderation

I've compiled some data on the above comparing the numbers from this year to last year and Community actions to Moderator actions. It's all in one big table so you will likely have to scroll it to the ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

This part of the question does not seem to have been answered already, and I think it's worth addressing: Is this level of moderation and regulation, [sic] even desirable? Stack Exchange sites are ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

I cast the final close vote when the score was tied 2-2 and so had the casting vote on what the close reason would be. To be clear this is the revision of the post at the time it was closed. Power of ...
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Is "Because it's fiction" rude?

I think it is rude. It is self-evident that everything dealt with is fiction because of what this site is about. I just asked a question about GoT which is, of course fiction, but nonetheless, valid ...
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Why was my flag ("un-make this answer Community Wiki") refused?

Does this mean I can now use the Community Wiki to avoid upvotes and downvotes on poor quality answers? No. CW does two things: Prevents you from gaining or losing rep. Lowers the rep requirement ...
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Are we allowed to ASK about the reason for downvotes?

If your intent is to fix whatever is wrong with your post, then I highly recommend asking what the downvotes are for. There will be some people who reflexively criticize you for it, but there's often ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible