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(I am not a moderator and normally the term "moderator" on the StackExchange network describes elected (diamond) mods, but I do have access to the mod tools privilege on Writing.SE and am close here on WorldBuilding, therefore I will take your sentence about "what existing moderators think is a valuable contribution" to mean "what do other people with ...


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Locking can only be done by a moderator, or by the system under certain circumstances. It's not something you can do yourself. A locked post cannot be commented on, voted on, favorited, edited, or answered (if it's a question); basically it shuts down all activity on the post, so this is not something to be done lightly, and in particular not just because ...


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What is the process for lodging complaints about moderator behavior, and how is that process resolved? The typical process is to start by flagging the post your grievance is related to with a custom moderator flag and describe what you think should be changed. You've got only 600 characters for the custom flag text, so you'll have to be brief, but there's ...


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I mostly agree with what Secespitus wrote, but there's one thing in that answer which I disagree with (as seems to be common). If you see something that you're unsure about, you don't necessarily need to start a Meta discussion about it. If you are completely unsure, it might be best to take no action at all, and rather just leave it for others. If you ...


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First, we are not to a consensus yet (at least not so far as I have seen). We are looking through the case study threads to figure out where the lines are. I will agree that there seems to be a consensus that there is an issue...just not what it is and how to fix it. Second, I disagree that this is a problem for the moderators to manage themselves. We ...


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Kind of a backup to Secespitus' answer; There are a small handful of users that are verified help vampires. They routinely try to pull focus from everyone else and ask endless streams of questions, often laying in wait for people and then ambushing them to try to suck more life giving help out. Also, because help vampires can't see themselves in a mirror, ...


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I think the first step is to have clear guidelines, once we have those the community and moderators together can enforce them but when right now we can't even agree on whether certain questions are on or off topic then that makes it harder. I've got a proposal brewing for how we handle this by defining Risk Factors, drawing a line for where those Risk ...


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I'm one of the commentors on your question and I'll take the time to expand on my comment. I'm bothered that your question was closed as a duplicate of another question that was itself closed as unclear. That presuposes that your question is as unclear as the earlier question. Frankly, I'm not convinced the earlier question deserved to be closed as ...


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While the questions clearly are not duplicates with any close reading (the first asks specifically about viewing reflections off of other planets as opposed to the use of a mirror) there is an important guideline regarding duplicate questions that is not being properly followed. This has happened with this question but it's not an isolated incident. I've ...


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The first time that I got access to Moderator Tools on a stack, I asked if there was something that I should do with them. The general answer is no. They provide some information that is mostly useful to moderators in rare circumstances. They aren't really something that you need to use regularly as a non-moderator. Also note that Moderator Tools are ...


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If all "what if" questions (and I mean all of them, even the ones that may not be too broad) are not allowed, we could simply have a close reason for "This is a what if question and is off-topic for the site." (assuming we add it to the help center as well), so that the users could instantly pop close votes. Personally, I've yet to see a good "what if" ...


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I'll assume you're talking about this answer, this is almost the definition of a link-only answer, see point five of the list for Why and how are some answers deleted?. It relies on a series of links to external sources without given any information as to the content of those links, as it sits in the deletion queue it absolutely deserves to be there. If a ...


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