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I'm resigning as a moderator

I don't want to write a eulogy for a friend I hope to still see around the traps, but I do want to thank you for: setting the stage here for a successful community, training me up as a moderator, for ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

Wow! I thought your stance on keeping your diamond was more involving cold dead hands, than willing surrender. Your history here is apparent; your name is everywhere. If we were a city there would be ...
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Permanently banning user/question?

Further to @Sklivvz's response: Please do flag the post as rude or abusive or spam (as appropriate). Six votes from the community will nuke the question (delete and lock) and ban the IP ...
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Diamond moderator closehammers should override the rest of the community only in exceptional circumstances

I too see a problem here, but want to add a vital point that you have forgotten. The five of us who voted to reopen it after it was mod hammered closed can now not vote to reopen again, ever. That's ...
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15 votes
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Does ten year network wide bans involve consultation with other moderators?

The network-wide suspension was not performed by the moderators of this site. We do not have the power to inflict network-wide suspensions. It was performed by Community Managers working for Stack ...
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15 votes
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Permanently banning user/question?

We are aware of the situation. I can not, for reasons you can imagine, discuss what steps we are taking about this person. Rest assured that we hear you and we listened to you. Thanks for reporting.
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10 votes

Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

This is a feature-request. It is worth understanding the status quo. First, we should understand that genuine, good faith, questions about the Holocaust are not taboo here. We have many examples, ...
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9 votes

Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics

I had a look through the edit history and I think the confusion stems from edit number 5 where rob made the text "view the documentary on YouTube" link to the YouTube video rather than having a raw ...
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9 votes

Moderator refused to add tag "censorship" to the tag list for posts on meta.skeptics

There is no way of adding a tag to the “list of acceptable tags” as far as I’m aware. The only way of doing so is adding the tag to an actual question. Oddthinking refused to add the tag to your ...
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Handling news questions about current events

I think most of the ISIS questions are getting good-quality answers. Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic? has received three answers. One with 20 upvotes and +75 for bounty (unawarded?...
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Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics

Further to both Ladadadada's answer, and my private moderator message to you explaining how you could escalate your concerns: I repeat that I did not edit your post, except to make the title ...
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Handling news questions about current events

I think this is a special case of what was once called "Too localized." That is to say, the evidence available in determining the answer changes rapidly. What appears to be the correct answer today ...
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Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics

Your link to the video has not been removed. It is still there. What you are trying to do is to include your own reasoning into the question. If you think you already know the answer, then you can ...
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My answer deleted for downvotes... better answer deleted on a misunderstanding

Your answer wasn't deleted for having downvotes. Your answer was deleted because it didn't answer the question. After edits, it still appeared that you were not going to answer the question. It ...
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Limited in what I can do to investigate a suspicious question

What else can I do? Nothing. You did what was needed. It was investigated and no evidence of bad-faith has been found so far. If this changes, it will be dealt with. In addition a comment was posted:...
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Why would pointing out that there is no evidence offered in a claim considered "opinion"?

There are two parts to this question. Why was the answer considered opinion? Much of the original answer wasn't merely saying there was no evidence. It was sharing your take on the claim. "I'm ...
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Incorrectly and arbitrarily deleted answer for being alleged as "theoretical"

I didn't delete the answer, but likely would have had I seen it first. The question was: Were 1 in 6 protesters at the 1968 DNC FBI agents? The only sourced part of your answer was that the FBI ...
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Too much power given to the moderators on Skeptics

We generally try to avoid loaded statements in questions. While questions don't have to be entirely sterile and neutral, they also should not be more inflammatory than necessary. One example is that ...
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Can moderators unaccept answers that don't actually address the question?

Short of deleting the answer, mods do not have this power. Acceptance of an answer doesn't mean it is factually correct - it means this is the answer that the questioner found most useful. The ...
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Why was my comment deleted? (And questions about policy.)

I deleted that comment because it was a pseudo answer. I cleaned up a few other comments as well on the same question for other reasons. Pseudo answers in comments are inherently problematic on our ...
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Require questions about the Holocaust to receive moderator approval before publishing

I'm starkly against giving any topic special treatment unless there's a good reason to do so. "It's a sensitive topic, denialism is offensive", etc. is special pleading, not a reason to do this. ...
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Are moderators too eager to close questions without explaining clearly why they have been closed?

When we mods make decisions that get some push-back (or even if we are concerned might get push-back), we contact each other and ask for an independent opinion/review. Sklivvz did this for these ...
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Handling news questions about current events

In this comment, Jaydels wrote, This is what I've taken to calling an "allergic" reaction - where we ban something harmless or useful (like all current events) because they are similar or ...
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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I was the moderator that removed all three answers. The whole issue was brought up by one moderator in our chat room, that moderator didn't declare which action they favor (deletion was one of the ...
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Moderator refused to add tag "censorship" to the tag list for posts on meta.skeptics

censorship would be a bad tag, that is the main reason why nobody has added it. The actual issue is moderation or maybe editing. Your meta post is about your disagreement with the way your post was ...
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Avoiding Edit Wars

Who has the final say over the content of an answer? All our content is community edited. In this sense no one has the final say. Changes can't be normally prevented, unless we lock the question, and ...
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Should we undelete these answers?

To answer this meta-question, we have to avoid considering whether the deleted answers are "correct", and look to see if they have a substantial argument. Answer #1 This answer has four parts: ...
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What qualifies as "extended discussion" needing moving to chat?

Moving all the comments to chat was the result of another flag, pointing out that there were a high number of comments on that answer. I believe I also cleared your flag on the answer at the same time....
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Under what circumstances does a references banner apply?

I can mainly speak from personal experience, and what I witness of the other moderators of this site. I spend perhaps 10-15 hrs per week moderating this site. That is split mostly between handling ...
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