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June 5 General Moderation Strike: Recap, Possible roles, consequences and other relevant info

I'm primarily participating in the strike because SE has Used the private, moderator-and-staff-only Teams platform to state a new policy for moderating AI-generated content. Mods are instructed not ...
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June 5 General Moderation Strike: Recap, Possible roles, consequences and other relevant info

Thanks to all the moderators --- your great work is appreciated I'm not a moderator, and I have only a thin knowledge of this controversy, based on reading some of the posts relating to this strike. ...
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Spam-poster on the loose: Flag, VTC, Both?

Don't respond It's best not to engage -- writing a comment or answer or otherwise exchanging words -- with a bad actor. They want to get attention, sow discord, and otherwise cause a ruckus. Don't let ...
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Distribution of question and answer votes on CV

Stackexchange/Stackoverflow provides archives of the database as well as a page that allows to write and execute SQL scripts that access the latest database dump. The webpage for the latter is data....
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June 5 General Moderation Strike: Recap, Possible roles, consequences and other relevant info

Some context This is news to me, so please don't read anything into what actions I might have taken or did not take. I devote my time to this site, not to SE generally; but I would think that in any ...
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Moderator using *nuclear* option

I can't speak specifically to this site, but on other SE sites I've had more than my share of closed questions. In most cases, when I sit back and calmly look at it (pretending I'm not its author), I ...
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Are we free labor for OpenAI?

I think there's a confusing mix of different questions and concerns here. Are we free labor for OpenAI? Yes, we are. As is nearly everyone who has ever written any form of public (and some private) ...
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Do we want to volunteer for the alpha test on lowering rep requirements for voting?

My vote against is on various grounds. I don't sense that the present low thresholds are too high, so that serious members who are able and willing to contribute are disenfranchised. They just need ...
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What's the difference between "needs more details or clarity" vs. "needs more focus"?

"Lack of focus" is intended to refer to posts that pose multiple different questions. Just take some care, perhaps in a friendly comment, that you don't suggest that the OP break a badly ...
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What's the difference between "needs more details or clarity" vs. "needs more focus"?

There are actually 3 types of problems here: Needs more details example: Who is right? T͟h͟i͟s͟ paper contradicts what T͟h͟i͟s͟ paper says. Both are from reputable authors. Which one is right? To ...
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What is the proper way to delete your own answer?

You can edit the answer at the top, saying you are no longer satisfied with it, explaining why, and then say you leave the old answer at the bottom for context (marking it well out). This or something ...
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Is it on topic to ask about derivation of mathematical statistical formulae?

Questions about derivations are often asked and answered. Sometimes, when they are homework, then they are off-topic (or actually technically not off-topic, but considered written in a bad format). ...
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Unanswered questions

My first thought was to vtc this post as a possible duplicate to the already well discussed posts which, even though took place almost a decade ago, still are in complete relevance. In any case though,...
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If someone asks "What is the intuition behind the idea that for linear regression, ...", does the answer have to be only about the linear regression?

It's perfectly valid (even good) to explain that a question is a special case of a more general phenomenon and then address the general case. It's also fine to explain a concept in a different domain ...
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how to make this a better focused question

The first answer here by @User1865345 is excellent, and I agree with it all. It has the merit that it applies not just to the specific question originally raised by the OP. but also to many others. ...
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how to make this a better focused question

I didn't vote to close OP's question. But I would have voted to close it in line of needs more focus. So, I am in agreement with the reason it was closed. What did the comment (by whuber) state? It ...
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How to identify "sleepy" questions?

The primary mechanism is voting: vote up the questions you come across or look for that are useful & clear, vote down the ones that aren't; if enough people do this, someone searching for ...
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Bounty community wiki?

The bounty should go to whomever you award it to. If you don't award it on time, it should go to the answer that accrued the most upvotes during the bounty period. Update: The earned reputation will ...
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Is it OK to share codes in the answers

By all means provide code in your answers, but don't make it the focal point. The website is about statistics, not about programming. People reading an answer are not necessarily familiar with the ...
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Confusion about reopen vote with no actual edits shown

I do see a couple of (minor) edits in the history: https://stats.stackexchange.com/posts/625237/revisions . But you're right that those edits do not show up in the reopen queue. I think that's because ...
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How to request reason for closing

Writing a question in Meta asking for feedback is a way to solicit feedback. The blue box at the top of your post reads "Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently ...
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Is it on topic to ask about derivation of mathematical statistical formulae?

There is more to it than simply answering in an affirmative or negative sense. Since its inception, the community has catered to questions that implicitly needed or explicitly sought derivations/...
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Off-topic message: why is the Open Data website so prominent?

This limit that the website platform has for close reasons occurs more often in these discussions. Possibly we can hack this by making a 'read more' link for several of these close reasons and create ...
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Updating own answers

I have old answers here that would really profit from an edit ... Sure, Stephan! That's enough of a reason to edit your old posts. I agree with Nick Cox -- remember, the goal of this community is to ...
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Really confused about this constant edit suggestion

It is SE policy, across all sites, that superfluous, irrelevant phrases like the perfunctory (and polite) TIA closing should be removed. (Feel free to disagree -- I do -- but that's how it is.) ...
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Moderator using *nuclear* option

Moderator hasn't made any prior attempt to clarify the question or help me improve it The moderator left a comment right below the question that explains exactly why it was closed. Moderator chose ...
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Moderator using *nuclear* option

This is my two cent. (I am not acting, of course, for the moderator in question.) Last time I checked, moderator is part of the community. The precedent is that whenever they detect a post that is ...
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Suspension and length of suspension of irrespective of user merits?

The moderators won't discuss individual cases. Although the person in question has not been identified, everyone in the thread knows who it is, which leads to an uncomfortable mix of discussion of ...
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Do we want to volunteer for the alpha test on lowering rep requirements for voting?

-1 The voting system doesn't need fixing by changing rep standards, the principle of voting by popularity is the problem. The system doesn't measure quality directly and only superficially relates to ...
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What is the proper way to delete your own answer?

I'd divide up the territory, without claiming a complete analysis. An answer you now see as wrong should be deleted. An answer you now think is irrelevant possibly should be deleted. Irrelevance ...
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