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Update on the Manish situation

Oh, wow, I hadn't realized this was going on :) I first just wish to apologise to the community, both Chem.SE and Physics.SE, for my lack of activity. I'll shortly explain what happened, but I also ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

Absolutely My take on the Code of Conduct (AKA the Be Nice policy) is that it is not just a matter of what the two people directly involved in the conversation think about the language used. It also ...
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Should comments trying to answer a question be deleted?

One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an ...
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Open justice v secret police

I volunteer at the county jail on Saturday mornings. In the jurisdiction I live in, trials are generally open to the public, there are detailed records of the proceedings and, critically, it's easy to ...
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Data collection: When should (or shouldn't) we exclude questions from the Hot Network Questions list?

Questions about perpetual-motion machines should meet a stricter-than-usual bar in terms of clarity and prior research to get on HNQ. Questions about perpetual-motion seem to have a particularly easy ...
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Was this plagiarism flag correctly handled?

The fault here is mine. I didn't take enough care in checking the match between the post and the proposed source. I can only offer by apologies and delete the accusatory comment on the post.
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Open justice v secret police

I wonder whether I've been a moderator here for long enough (four months now) that I can talk about our decision-making process in aggregate, without revealing anything untoward about any particular ...
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Why was this meta answer deleted?

Such hyperbolic language, i.e. "censorship, political correctness, and moderator brutality", isn't appropriate on this site. If someone used that type of language directed at a non-moderator, it'd ...
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Update on the Manish situation

I'll post this as an answer since it seems there's disagreements and it's important to get a feeling for folks' responses to this. For one, I find that a particularly useful tool for gauging ...
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Should a rude comment be deleted if the addressed user doesn't mind?

I saw that comment. Even if it didn't bother you, we don't want stuff like that hanging around. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory
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One of moderators keeps deleting one last single comment with the crucial piece of information, that clearly explains, why the given answer is wrong

Several moderators deleted your comments on ProfRob's answer because you left 17 of them without anyone else commenting in between. Comments are not for extended conversations, even if only with ...
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When should moderators close questions?

I would say that moderators get it right most of the times. But sometimes they err, in which case I can think of four routes you can take: Vote to reopen. If the question is very clearly on-topic, it ...
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Update on the Manish situation

Just a quick note about the moderator perspective on this: as far as the duties of moderation are concerned, it doesn't really matter to us. After all, if someone is not regularly acting as a ...
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Update on the Manish situation

Said moderator logs in from time to time, so we cannot say for sure whether he's actually doing any actual moderation or not. The two options are He does not moderate at all, or He does perform some ...
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Data collection: When should (or shouldn't) we exclude questions from the Hot Network Questions list?

OK, I'll start. Questions about physics in works of fiction shouldn't be on HNQ. This has been a point of contention for quite some time, and it has a strong track record of leaving people confused ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Why was this meta answer deleted?

This is really a comment, but it got a bit long for the comment box. The going in point that everyone needs to understand is that the chat rooms are not a bastion of free speech and you have ...
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Chat and the moderation thereof

My view is that the h bar should be a place where the users of Physics SE can hang out and discuss any topic under the sun with other users of Physics SE while maintain respect for one another. ...
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Why is non-English content apparently allowed on this website?

I wasn't the mod who declined the flag; I suspect I'm representing their reasoning, but I haven't spoken with them about it. That particular comment appeared to have been understood by everyone ...
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Why did I get chat suspended for a year?

Disclaimer: I'm not a moderator so I can't say exactly what happened in this particular case even if I wanted to. For example I can't see the deleted messages. However as a room owner I've been party ...
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Why might providing contact information be considered spam?

I am trying to say precisely what I wrote there. I am referring, among others, to this policy about salutations, taglines and links to your own stuff not directly related to the question, which you ...
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When should moderators close questions?

The fundamental rule of moderation is: Moderators can never win┬╣ If they don't close egregious homework questions the moment they are posted we moan and if they're over zealous about closing ...
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2021: a year in moderation

I find this worth highlighting: Action Moderators Community┬╣ Questions unprotected 2 2 Questions protected 31 73 There's a significant imbalance here, and I suspect that at least some of those ~...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Problem with new user

I have identified the user in question based on your post. (Users without moderator superpowers can't use exactly the method that I used, but I've edited your post a little bit just in case, to give ...
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An Issue with Detecting Identical Titles

If two questions are not duplicates of each other and yet their titles only differ in capitalization, then the title is bad and should be changed (preferably on both questions) to a title that is more ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Open justice v secret police

Note that the current 6 Phys.SE moderators are democratically elected. All moderators have (electronically) signed a moderator agreement, which de facto implies that moderators cannot discuss specific ...
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Chat and the moderation thereof

To your first list, I'd like to add another point: Chat is a third place: When it comes to effort, the primary focus should be on keeping the main site looking its best. The secondary focus is meta, ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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2019: a year in moderation

Thanks Shog9! From my perspective I think these numbers look pretty reasonable: the community is handling a majority, though not an overwhelming majority, of moderation tasks in nearly all categories ...
David Z's user avatar
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Chat and the moderation thereof

The recent undertakings in making the chat conflict-free showed, in my opinion, a deep lack of prepare or consideration from the moderation team. I talk to most of you frequently, and I know you are ...
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Chat and the moderation thereof

It seems to me that one of the motivations for the "no politics" policy is that it often leads to uncivil behaviour, and moderators and chat owners want to avoid such a behaviour instead of correcting ...
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Why "Leave Open" votes don't cancel the "Close" votes?

Because Leave Open votes are a mechanism that works exclusively within the review queue. The core mechanism for community-driven question closures is that a quorum of five 3k+ regular users agree ...
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