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Questions tagged [moderation]

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Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

If a low reputation user posts a question about the Holocaust, rather than being immediately posted, it should receive a notification telling the user that the question will remain visible (and ...
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Why was my comment deleted? (And questions about policy.)

Was the wheel invented before the wall? is trivially answerable by looking up the history of "Wheel" and "Wall" on Wikipedia. That is why I -- providing those links, plus a link to the "Wall of ...
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Diamond moderator closehammers should override the rest of the community only in exceptional circumstances

As much as possible, closing of questions should be done by the community in general contributing one closevote each, rather than diamond moderators using their closehammers. (When I say "closehammers"...
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My answer deleted for downvotes… better answer deleted on a misunderstanding

I recently wrote an answer to "Did people and dinosaurs see each other?" that got deleted, with the note that if I wanted to write an additional answer instead I ought to undelete my first answer (and ...
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2018: 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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How can I change an erroneously cast vote?

I have cast an erroneous vote on a question but cannot rectify my mistake. The tooltip says my vote is "locked in" and I can only change my vote, when the question is edited. Why ? Can I do something ...
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Speaking at CLSxItaly

I will be speaking as part of a panel on how to moderate online communities at CLSx Italy on November 25th. If anyone is interested in attending, I have a discount code just for Skeptics.SE. Please ...
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Please flag trollish questions

Skeptics.SE, along with some other stack exchanges such as history, receives some trolling questions, generally in the form of holocaust denial. They're by users with only 1 reputation, and they're ...
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Answer moved to comment by mod

I joined a community today because I had something unique to add to a question. There already was a decent answer, but mine was talking about points not mentioned in it. While my answer was a bit ...
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Deletion of an answer without good reason

I provided an answer to this question, in which I pointed out that the "profit per customer" can be defined two different ways, and considering that the question is given the context of how they can ...
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Can moderators unaccept answers that don't actually address the question?

Here is an example of a question with an accepted answer that should not have actually been accepted: How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar? Granted, the question ...
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Permanently banning user/question?

Recently, we had a user who asked the same anti-semitic, off-topic, and frankly just absurd question multiple times (at least four or five that I have seen, but I would assume that I also missed ...
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The question is incorrectly flagged as duplicate despite valid clarifications in my comments

I have a question about my Skeptics Stack Exchange post: How does fasting affect your immune system when you are having infection? The question is incorrectly flagged as duplicate despite valid ...
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Does ten year network wide bans involve consultation with other moderators?

Recently, a certain user posted an answer to a question on here that a moderator commented on: it needed to provide evidence. The answer was updated with links, upon which the moderator gave another ...
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Under what circumstances does a references banner apply?

In the same question, this answer hasn't attracted a banner about references being needed, and yet this version of an answer received a banner about references. (This answer currently also has ...
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What qualifies as “extended discussion” needing moving to chat?

After flagging this answer (I flagged the answer, not the comments, and wasn't complaining about the comments), the comments were moved into chat with the message "Comments are not for extended ...
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Should we undelete these answers?

On the "Is the Earth 6000 years old?" question, there are a few deleted answers which, while wrong, are, technically speaking, supported by references. The issue is that they are supported by ...
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Avoiding Edit Wars

I basically have three questions, all about edit disputes: How can I avoid edit wars, who has the final say over the content of an answer, and what do I do if an answer was locked? Who has the final ...
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Let's clean up some meta tags!

It came to my attention that some tags are currently "abused" as meta tags. A meta tag is a tag that tells nothing about the question. In particular easy candidates are the publishing avenues of ...
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Are moderators too eager to close questions without explaining clearly why they have been closed?

I've had a few questions recently which have been closed very early on grounds that don't seem to make any sense and which have not been clearly explained. Take this one which seems to exemplify my ...
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85 Upvotes and Deleted [duplicate]

I see that the question on the Charleston shooting has been deleted, with the only notification being the adding of the "completed" tag to the question discussing it. I'm obviously aware of the ...
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Help us with a little clean up!

I went ahead and deleted a bunch of questions which were either closed, downvoted and unsalvageable or were closed, with no answer and abandoned since 2012. Please review my work by going through and ...
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Why was my question closed?

I don't usually have any issue with stack exchange moderators, but in this situation I really don't understand why my question was closed. The reason listed is "unclear what you are asking," but the ...
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Effective solutions to persistent bad content in an otherwise good answer?

Situation: You see an answer The answer is generally good. Extensive research, in-detail review of the claim topic, references, etc... However, one small aspect of the answer is awful - doesn't have ...
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Site-specific post notice types

I think it would be useful to have 2 (Skeptics-specific) post notice types: Theoretical Answer The central argument of this answer is theoretical in nature. We do not allow answers based ...
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Close reason for medical advice questions

It sometimes happens that people mistake Skeptics for a medical forum, and ask medical advice. While this doesn't happen that often, if we had a custom reason, we could make sure all these questions ...
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Can we help you moderate more?

Community elected moderators on this site are very active. This is mostly due to a fact that our rules do require a lot of moderation. However, this does not mean that everything needs to be done by ...
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Where are the rules?

So apparently this site has some strict rules about answers. As best I can tell they are something like some of these lines: Answers must include references. Answers must include citations. Citations ...
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Handling news questions about current events

We keep on getting asked questions on ISIS. I have no problem with the subject, but most of these questions are about current news, have little-to-no evidence and are all around receiving weak or ...
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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Moderator refused to add tag “censorship” to the tag list for posts on meta.skeptics

A moderator has refused to add the word "censorship" to the list of available tags for posts. I asked that in my original post at the end Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics and also ...
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Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics

Why are the moderators doing waht they want? E.g. the delete 4 paragraphs of my question, remove youtube link and after pointing at that wrong behavior they put the url back and write their own ...
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Why was this moderation flag declined?

Just out of curiosity but I flagged this answer to the "Is there a metabolically superior diet?" as "very low quality." Even though the "This post does not cite any references or sources." banner has ...
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Is it acceptable for a moderator to edit my question and remove my clarification statement?

A moderator seems to have taken my question a bit too personally https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/6487/did-steve-jobs-really-innovate-anything He may have strong opinion about what ...
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Why are we converting “uncited” posts to community wiki?

I see from this search: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/search?q=%2B"Please+help+improve+this+article"+is%3Aanswer We are apparently now adding faux wikipedia style editorial messages to answers ...
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why aren't question about religion closed as off-topic?

According to FAQ, religion questions are off topic, see: Are religious questions on-topic? So why aren't all the questions about Catholic Church being closed? Why is there even a tag catholic-church? ...
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How do I answer the question in red?

I do have a response to that question, but how can I give my answer?
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Ending a discussion as community-wiki

This question in meta: Must all claims be referenced has been a controversial discussion. Now it is a community-wiki (CW in the following text), and my answer deleted. I don't know whether one action ...
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Closing is replacing downvoting

I appreciate that the site has high standards of evidence and that therefore a lot of questions are closed because they don’t admit a clear answer. That’s a good thing. But things are sometimes ...
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Can we vote to remove a moderator?

If there is disagreement about a moderator's actions, can we hold a vote to remove them?
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Moving the statistics question was the wrong choice

There are several reasons I disagree with the decision to move this statistics question. 1.) The question was framed towards skepticism, not statistics. An answer has been given already on the other ...
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How to handle cases of strongly opinionated OPs?

See for example: Was the golden ratio deliberately used for aesthetics in ancient or Renaissance times? Also: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/221/what-medical-treatment-advances-have-...