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Unhelpful discussion around suspensions

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 ...
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Unhelpful discussion around suspensions

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 ...
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Goodbye and godspeed, Keen - and thank you for playing a large part in making this site great

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 ...
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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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Is it a conflict of interest for a moderator to review a flag on one of their own posts?

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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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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Goodbye and godspeed, Keen - and thank you for playing a large part in making this site great

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

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, ...
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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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Unhelpful discussion around suspensions

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 ...
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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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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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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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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?

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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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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Is this comment inappropriate?

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 ...
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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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Is the heavy use of superpowers exercised by Diamond Moderators right?

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 ...
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Is the heavy use of superpowers exercised by Diamond Moderators right?

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 (...
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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 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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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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