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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 just feel bad for causing this conflict, and think I could have handled this better. Sorry about that. So a bit of background: Around 2014 I started getting ...


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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 has the purpose of making our site look welcoming and consistent to readers. If someone isn't familiar with this site, and they read a question and see people ...


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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 time hitching a ride on the HNQ list (this is one recent example), and it's easy to see why: they are instantly appealing to a lot of people, they are ...


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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 moderation activity is the All Actions tab on the Activity profile page, or at least a reasonably zoomed-out view of it. If you look at any given active moderator's All ...


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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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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 moderator, whether they have a diamond or not doesn't make any difference in our ability to carry out those duties. And if something is causing a problem, we have ways ...


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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 specific to the individual questions. See How do we write good question titles? for, well, how to write good question titles. Everyone is free to edit other ...


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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 actions occasionally, but leaves no trace. In either case, I'm not too happy about the situation. If this person is not doing any moderation, then the logical ...


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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 and upset, even several years after the question has had its heyday (example, example, example). I'm referring, in particular, to questions like "Could Sam have ...


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FWIW, Emilio Pisanty is not a moderator, and therefore cannot delete comments by other users. 2 comments under Emilio Pisanty's answer were flagged by users as obsolete/no longer needed and afterwards deleted by moderators.


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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 that it should be closed. This is a hard-and-fast rule, with the only exceptions being (1) moderators, who have full control to be used where appropriate but ...


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I haven’t seen the comment, but...I don’t view this as a free speech issue, while generally being fairly close to a free-speech absolutist myself. The reason is that comments are ephemeral by design. And one that is rude is going to be addressed to a particular person, which makes it obsolete and useless as soon as it has been read. If I call you a great ...


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Let's talk specifics. And by that, I mean, "let me be the first to shoot my own self-interest in the foot", and argue that this question, which I answered, was rightly kicked off the HNQ list. What's the deal? Well, the question starts off with the title Is the Born rule indeed wrong? and it is basically a request to verify the correctness of an ...


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The answer to "why" is simply because design choices had to be made when the site was implemented, and it was decided to do it like this. The suggestion to make "Leave open" more powerful was done in the past. Instead of what you suggest, a change was implemented which removes the question from the "Close Votes" queue after three "Leave open" votes. Making ...


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The other user in your comment exchange shouldn't have had the privilege of commenting. You happened to be commenting as a moderator was cleaning up. In the interest of protecting the privacy of users who can't currently participate, that's probably all that we can say publicly about this event. Thanks for respecting that.


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Very interesting, thanks for posting this! Over the past several days I've been browsing these questions on various meta sites and it seems like we have a pretty good balance between actions taken by the moderators and actions taken by the community. Specifically, I see the community numbers being higher than the moderator numbers for most actions except ...


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This initiative appears to have petered out, but this question is an excellent example of a bad HNQ question, for a wide variety of reasons. The question was characterized, in answers, comments, and chat, as a "John Rennie vs. safesphere" wrestling match, or even a battle of relativity vs. crackpots, when it was really about a much more boring technical ...


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There are many actions that the moderators take that aren't visible to users (e.g., cleaning up comments), so the bulk populous of this site would not able to determine how much said moderator is actually doing. I think that so long as the moderator is not actively harming the site (no such evidence) and the current (visibly?) active moderators are not ...


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