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Thanks for the kind words, Mark. I'll definitely still be dropping by to answer questions and the like. :)


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What I like to support here is the request for more engagement by the community in helping to moderate this site (though I guess those who really take the time and read this meta post, having enough rep to contribute, don't actually need this reminder). However, I never made a secret of the fact that I am one of those guys who do not "agree completely with ...


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I've been struggling to find the right words to express how I feel about this. For years now this site has been a second home to me. A place to learn and show off. A place to conect. A place to dwell. A place that you watched over. I learned so much here because you made sure this place was about it's subject. You helped rename it. You helped redefine what ...


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How can you advocate others to moderate and also resigning in protest? Sure we could all muck in and moderate stuff, but then we would look at the various controversial issues at SE corporate and think. hmmm, maybe not. I would support moving the content to some other host. But not supporting some corporation through its marketing blunder.


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As a general soft guideline this is sort of okay, but this is the sort of thing I would never want to write in stone, as a mod on other sites. As soon as you have a three strike rule, if you suspend someone you're likely to get endless arguments to the effect of "what were my three strikes". This either leads to constant affirming of "this is strike X" ...


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Your question was closed by five regular users, so I fail to see how the moderators have anything to do with that. ChrisF commented: Is this a problem that's unique to software developers? Doesn't the situation also apply to other professions? Check the FAQ for more information on our target audience and where your question should be aimed. To which you ...


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I posted my comments on the current situation on Meta Stack Exchange. The short form is that I do hope to make a final decision in the coming weeks as to my future as a moderator here on Software Engineering, but will greatly reduce day-to-day moderation until I do reach a decision. I will say this - I will not do anything that jeopardizes the state of this ...


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No. Not everyone agrees completely with my aggressive approach. Indeed. The over-assertive moderation is one of the reasons I've drifted away from the site. I suspect I'm not alone. But I think everyone can agree that the site started to become a more interesting place. No. I don't. Those borderline questions are the interesting ones. The ones ...


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I do feel that in many circumstances there exists a gap in our definition of what is a "useful" comment that should be preserved. Chatting back and forth I think we can all agree belongs in a chat room because most of it is non-relevant or it involves two or more people discussing aspects of the question or answer that could hopefully lead to an improved ...


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I've just seen a question closed by a moderator because "Career advice is explicitly off-topic, per the FAQ" (link), which is simply incorrect: the FAQ makes clear that career advice specific to programmers is relevant, by linking to an answer, the first sentence of which is "First and foremost, any career advice questions need to relate directly to software ...


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Well in a way we do moderate for offensive and objectionable material on the site so I am sure that if one of my fellow mods were to come across porn they would quickly remove it and take appropriate action against the user. As far as the wording and title of the questions are considered, I would probably seek and encourage less than explicit ways to convey ...


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Wow! Congratulations Anna! Anna was the best programmers.se moderator by a long shot. She always tempered her powers as a moderator, and bothered to try to understand why people posted what they did. Anna - You're leaving big shoes to fill. I'm probably speaking for many others, but I sincerely hope that somebody with comparable wisdom and prudence fills ...


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I waxed if I should reply to this or start an entire thread by itself, but I wanted to toss this in. I never 'knew' Robert, but he was professionally critically of a question I asked once, and at first I was embarrassed enough that I deleted the question. I realized however, the great service done upon me. I was seeking design help on building a framework ...


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I enjoy this site because of the collaboration with other people. Much of that collaboration occurs in comments on questions and answers. Moderators are expected to have the following attributes: are patient and fair lead by example show respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words are open to some light but firm moderation to keep ...


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Speaking personally - and not directly about this case as I didn't handle any flags here or delete any comments - I don't go looking for comments to delete. I will only delete comments in response to flags, be they the automatic flags we get (too many comments, rude, etc.) or ones raised by other users. My view is that if someone has decided that a comment ...


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Post vandalism is not allowed. By posting on the site you cede certain rights to the post - see the cc-by-wiki link at the foot of every page. Don't worry, the post will be has been deleted - but it will be deleted in the form you posted it, not the form you vandalised into.


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The recourse for having a post locked is to post on Meta. Now that it's here, all of the mods are notified. The lock is temporary (unfortunately, the options are rather limited, though) and can be lifted early once a resolution is achieved. Continually rolling back valid edits to your post is not constructive, and a lock is the only mechanism available to ...


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After looking at the question, the edit history and the discussions about both so far, I want to add a few notes. The lock on the question is not because the question itself is bad or wrong or unsuitable. The question got locked because there is a disagreement on how to formulate certain parts of the question and is only meant to avoid polluting the history ...


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I'm not going to take a stance on whether these questions are welcome on Programmers Stack Exchange. However, consider this: If the questions are worth having on the site, then you should not block them from gaining new answers, or from being commented on, or from being improved through edition. If the questions are not worth having on the site, then they ...


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As it's almost a year since our first election there probably won't be any special arrangements made to replace Anna. What will probably happen is that an extra moderator space will be up for election when the election does come round. So start thinking whether you want to be part of the moderation team. This is an informed guess on my part and could well ...


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My impression is that a lot of moderators on stackexchange sites overuse their powers. It seems they browse the site for fun in their free time, and close questions trying to find a reason. Most questions are closed by regular members, moderators close only but a few of them, and unless the questions are blatantly off topic (like your own) they always wait ...


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Sometimes we suspend after only two consecutive closed negative score questions depending on if they seemed to acknowledge our feedback. Hm, no we don't, unless I missed a memo or something. Mod messages may carry a suspension or be just warnings, and that's no immediately clear from, let's say, the list of recent mod messages. We typically go with a ...


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Please don't add "thanks" as answers. Invest some time in the site and you will gain sufficient privileges to upvote answers you like, which is the Programmers Meta way of saying thank you. Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. ...


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I reviewed the question, the comments, the edits... The post was locked because of repeated attempts to change the question in a way that the community was in disagreement with. Besides that I am largely in agreement with ThomasOwens. Note that my post specifically implements the tactics referred to in that post to achieve usefulness as a subjective ...


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You seem to believe that question locked for content dispute at meta should remain at main site as originally posted ("Lock question as-is"). This approach doesn't make sense to me. For the purpose of meta discussion, it is insignificant what particular revision is hanging on the main site because full revision history and original version are always ...


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This was tried in the initial days of Programmers and it failed spectacularly. The site came very close to be being shut down, but we managed, through the herculean efforts of everybody - moderators, community managers and committed users, to turn it around and have a site that is, on the whole, useful.


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I use some variation of this one a lot when I see new users posting off-topic questions Hi Person, welcome to Programmers! Unfortunately, our site is a Q&A site for conceptual software development questions, and not a place to simply get answers from programmers about any topic. I am going to vote to close your question for being off-topic, ...


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