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Moderator resignation

Anyone who visits CrossValidated for more than 10 minutes will notice your ubiquitous great contributions to this site, and anyone who visits longer will recognize your enormously valuable insight and ...
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Moderator resignation

Sorry to hear. I have never trusted Stack Exchange to be a long-lasting source of information due to their for-profit objectives and sometimes very hostile moderation policy. I encourage everyone to ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

Gung, thank you for your service as moderator, and I wish you the best success with whatever you choose to do with the time you would have spent moderating CV. I'm glad you have decided to stay and ...
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Moderator resignation

The thing that SO, Inc. cares most about is that it has something of a unique online community: people who generally behave themselves. Moderators play a key role in maintaining that. Stepping down or ...
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Low profile low quality answers

I'll frame this more widely in these terms: people here may readily disagree with (a) someone else's upvote or (b) the OP's acceptance of an answer. Clearing (b) out of the way: An OP's acceptance ...
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How Can I Discover Former Moderators?

An historical record of all elections to date is maintained at https://stats.stackexchange.com/election. There you can find summaries and links to the original election pages (which provide details ...
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16 votes

2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Do you have a vision for the future of the site that is different from how it is now? In other words, do you hope to move the site in a new direction in any respect? If so, what, and how would that ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The multiple objectives of any SE site create an inherent tension, forcing us to make decisions that trade off between Being accommodating to people (especially new visitors) who just want a question ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

What other sites on SE system are you active on, if any? Compared to these sites, how would you characterize the atmosphere and style on CV, if it is any different? How are you going to handle ...
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User changed display name to match a diamond moderator, high-rep user in the community

https://stackoverflow.com/legal/acceptable-use-policy Identity Theft and Privacy. Users that misleadingly appropriate the identity of another person are not permitted. Users may not post other people'...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In your opinion, is there a serious threat/challenge that Cross Validated currently faces? If yes what is it? Do you believe that as a moderator you could contribute more towards dealing with it, and ...
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A user insists on making a detrimental edit to one of my posts. What do I do?

The preferred solution is to flag the moderators, who have additional tools for limiting edits and, if necessary, limiting the abilities of individual users to interact on this site. Mods can also ...
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Bad behaviour from a moderator has a negative impact on the community

Added in Edit: Now that two of us are accused of abusing our position as moderators, I'm not sure I can contribute anything further. You have said of each of us that you think we're abusing our ...
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Low profile low quality answers

As well as, or instead of, taking any of the actions @NickCox has discussed, we can flag or vote to close the common questions as duplicates (preferably soon after they're asked), thus ensuring they'...
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Should we remove the "datasets" close reason from the list?

I like the idea of splitting. I don't know the exact history here, but it shouldn't determine the best set of reasons to use henceforth. The EITHER/OR structure of that reason has long seemed awkward ...
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Bad behaviour from a moderator has a negative impact on the community

Nali, I do owe you an apology. The proper way to proceed when I encountered a flag on your first post was to (1) recognize that you are a relative newcomer and welcome you to our site and (2) add a ...
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How can I figure out why my reviewer privileges were revoked and how can I get them back?

Your efforts to try to improve the site are appreciated! As I understand it, if enough reviews / suggested edits are rejected you'll automatically generate a (temporary) ban without any intervention ...
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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

Solution: exact copy elsewhere It is possible to have a virtually identical format, widely and productively used, under control of a non-SE entity that is invested in high-quality treatment of the ...
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Why is motivation important

It is difficult to read what your question is about. Your introduction is: I really like the truncated normal but I want to make it discrete. I need a discrete distribution and I hate approximations (...
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Why was an answer considered off-topic and when it was deleted?

The deleted answer has been restored. I am guessing that the deletion of that post was a well-meaning response to a (well-upvoted) comment by a community member claiming that it did not answer the ...
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Why were the flags (as obsolete) on these comments marked as declined?

I appreciate your interest in helping curate this site and hope you will continue to do so. Since I declined the second flag, I can explain. It was a simple mistake. The system does not clearly ...
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Allow moderators to accept answers in old questions from inactive users?

Accepted means accepted by the original poster (OP) of the question: that's an SE-wide definition easy to understand. The main consequence of good answers not being accepted is some lost reputation ...
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Small interest in 2017 moderator election..?

If I recall correctly, in the last two elections some nominations came in the last couple of days of the nomination period; that may be the case again. At most two moderators will be elected this ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

I routinely review every active question. Old questions become active whenever they're touched by somebody. The "Community" bot often touches old questions that might have some value (because they ...
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Is my closed question without merit?

The moderator gave you the opportunity to clarify your question, so that it would be more likely to be understood by the community. This serves two purposes. First, it helps you personally, because it ...
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A mod removed my answer (referencing the answer from comments) to my question saying it doesn't answer it

"See so-and-so's comment" doesn't meet the standard for an answer on our site. Answers should be complete in themselves; for example, if BruceET was to delete his comment, your answer would be useless....
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Is there any way to detect / prevent user repeatedly performing minor edits to bring the post into top pages?

(To make sure this gets an answer) As whuber mentions, there's an automatic mechanism to detect large numbers of edits and flag the moderators (the community bot is a source of a variety of flags of ...
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Why did my comment get deleted?

From the help page on comments: When shouldn't I comment? Comments are not recommended for any of the following: ... Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); ...
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Two Nominees for 2015 Moderator Election

In the end it does not matter how many people ran for these positions: two extremely well qualified and respected people won. I am glad to welcome them to the moderator pool. I trust that in future ...
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