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Notes: I hesitate to do this, but I would like to offer myself for consideration because I'm in the UTC + 8 time zone. It's pretty much the exact opposite of the American ones, so I'm usually active precisely while the mods are asleep. While I did only recently return from a prolonged break from SE, the circumstances behind that are no longer in effect.


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Given that I am the current grand-champion for deleting comments, perhaps I should address this. Note that other mods may hit your flag though and have other strategies. Hopefully it all evens out in the wash. Yes, when I field a flag for a comment, I look at all the other comments on the same post. For one thing, sometimes a person simply doesn't like ...


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Notes: I nominate Mark C. Wallace. In my time here this user stands out as someone who regularly encourages higher qualify questions and answers through his helpful comments, edits, and flagging. Mark has also been prolific in reviewing posts and voting on closing, opening, and deletes, not to mention being a consistent and regular user. I believe this ...


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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because … He's been doing a good job for more than a couple years. Very level headed, and deserves to continue.


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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because … Although a new user, sempaiscuaba brings professionalism and a strong time commitment to the table. In the time he has been contributing, he has been quickly become and important contributor by answering questions and by improving site operation. I'll be honest here. My first reaction upon seeing my ...


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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because … He is a long term user who maintains an active role in the website. Very professional, courteous, and respectful.


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Rather than "stifling" moderation, IMHO H.SE does a poor job of aiding new users ask questions. It appears that the interface offers little (relevant or up to date) guidance for asking questions that meets the expectations and requirements of the community today. The advice immediately visible to a user asking questions. Not particularly helpful. The best ...


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Since my comment was brought up both here and on Twitter, I should probably elaborate. Account Destruction is currently our preferred method of dealing with unregistered new posters making bad-faith posts on heavily trolled topics. If an account was made with the intent to post destructive content, we aren't playing around. Yes, that means spammers too, ...


9

In your case, someone flagged the comments as being no longer needed, probably because the OP has incorporated the information into their post. A moderator subsequently deleted the comments as flagged. Comments are, by design, ephemeral. They are supposed to be subject to routine deletion if no longer needed. Thus, having a comment removed is neither a ...


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Update; I've been doing this a bit longer now, and I am even more inclined to be surgical. That is to say, I recommend flagging all the comments. Frequently I encounter situations where a subset of the comments are now redundant, but the complement of that subset are still valid. I'd rather not make that judgement on my own; I'd rather rely on the ...


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There's a meta discussion about this exact issue you might want to look over. The basic digest seems to be that there isn't. A lot of people would like it, and a lot of people are dead-set against it as counter to the entire purpose of StackExchange. If you really insist, and happen to be a Firefox user, there is a Grease Monkey script for it. In general I ...


5

There is a difference between the users who post offensive or otherwise inappropriate things, and users which you dislike for some personal reasons. The posts of the first kind are usually flagged and the users banned by administrators. For example, there was a user who systematically posted Nazi/antisemitic propaganda. This user was banned, then re-appeared ...


5

I think we should permit questions which are opinion based as long as the question is not premised on a value judgment. For example, the question did Thatcher's union reforms contribute to modern inequality is a good question, but the question were they good or bad for Britain is not. Both questions are opinion based, but the first one is positive not ...


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I am writing to announce my "non-candidacy,"--and to endorse two others; Semaphore and Sempaiscuba, who have already been nominated. Under other circumstances, I might have "stood up" for the vacant positions, but have elected to "stand down" in favor of the other two. Apart from having high reputations comparable to mine, these two individuals bring ...


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You can definitely flag answers for lacking sources. If nothing else, moderators would, where appropriate, put up the "citation needed" post notice. However, as far as I am aware, there is currently no community consensus to use moderator powers for removing unsourced answers. Accordingly, outside of certain extreme situations (e.g. holocaust denialism) ...


4

There seems to still be some confusion here on the status of comments, so I should probably reiterate this point. Comments are meant to be temporary. If you're a fan of a particular comment, every day it survives is a good day. Conversely, you should not get too bent out of shape when its day comes and it disappears. I'll excerpt here from the canonical ...


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I think Semaphore provided a good answer; let me concur, but add a few points. You're getting undeserved criticism; I challenged you to explain why the point wasn't trivial and you responded. I don't think anyone should criticize you on those grounds. I understand why you think the question is non-trivial (I disagree, but respect your point of view). ...


3

Interesting how we are way down on users destroyed/deleted this year. I would not have expected that. FWIW, I don't keep perfect track of this, but I believe the vast majority of "users" destroyed or deleted this past year were actually all the same user. Same as last year. Outgoing mod SempaiScuba showed this pretty conclusively. So the person ...


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What follows is my personal take on this. Other moderators may take a different approach. You can absolutely flag answers that lack sources. Those answers will then be reviewed by a moderator. If appropriate, the moderator will then add the "Citations required" post notice: Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. ...


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Given that beta sites don't have moderator elections or terms, I welcome our new dictators (in the Roman sense of the word)! May your terms be more like humble Cincinnatus and less like power-hungry Julius Caesar. We don't want any moderators becoming emperors!


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