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I'm extraordinarily frustrated by the situation as it stands. I apologize that I cannot at the moment present the specific views and interactions that led to Monica's dismissal. While I can't condone those views, I can say that I believe that Stack Overflow's actions were unwarranted, and represent an overreaction on the company's part. Monica had been a ...


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I think frustrated and tired pretty effectively sum up my feelings and the feelings of many moderators across the network after the last few days. So first a shout out to Monica. She is one of the best moderators I have ever met, and that is not specific to SE. She's been a mentor to me since I was elected a couple years ago and is incredibly generous with ...


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Thank you for all your contributions here, on Writing, and elsewhere on the network. It was a pleasure to work with you. I'm sorry Stack Exchange made it end this way.


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Welcome to the 21st Century! I noted a few politically hot key words in Monica's excellent post over on mi yodea. "Inclusion", in case anyone has been living under a rock, does not mean common sense things like basic human respect. In 21st century Western culture it means nothing other than "if you do not wholeheartedly accept, concur with, ...


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I would like to nominate Monica Cellio -- Accepted (see below) profile for Monica Cellio on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/505925.png Monica is an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod on Writers I've seen her good work on both Writers and the ...


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I'm going to call shenanigans. If you compare the flair from a moderator on another beta site: with your's from the screenshot you posted the diamond looks to be further away from the name than usual. Plus there is other information and links that are available to a moderator on their profile which aren't visible on your screenshot either. I'm not going ...


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I would like to nominate Tim B. -- Accepted profile for Tim B at Worldbuilding Meta Stack Exchange, Q&A about the site for writers/artists using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/users/flair/49.png profile for Tim B on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven ...


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I would like to nominate: Michael Kjörling -- Accepted profile for Michael Kjörling at Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, Q&A for writers/artists using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/users/flair/29.png profile for Michael Kjörling on Stack Exchange, a network of ...


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I'm one of the mods here, but I have a tendency to stay away from unilaterally closing questions from anyone, at least immediately after they've been asked. The big problem with me voting to close, of course, is that a diamond moderator like myself can automatically close a question without needing approval from anyone else - which does reduce the community'...


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Thanks for the contributions you have made here, and for the guidance you have provided over my year and peanuts of moderatorship.


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Monica was booted? Monica?!?! First and foremost, a CVn, please accept my admiration, respect, and gratitude for your services as moderator. We've agreed and we've disagreed, but I've always appreciated your insight and your dedication. I'm saddened to see you go as yours will be big shoes to fill, but I entirely respect and support your decision. Stack ...


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Extremely disturbed by SEs behavior in this matter and the apparent total disregard for community wishes which clearly support Monica overwhelmingly. Not a moderator, but I will be stopping all activities (reluctantly) on SE sites until this matter is resolved as the community wishes. That could be forever, of course. Either SE is controlled by the ...


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I'd like to thank all four of our pro-tem mods for their service to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. We just finished our first election, and, sadly, Vincent and Michael Kjörling will be leaving us as mods. Michael Kjörling, thanks for helping to guide us through the early stages of the site, especially on meta. You've helped us get through a lot of tricky ...


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Moderators are generally pretty careful about not using moderator powers, like handling flags or deleting comments, on posts where we have a vested interest. Protecting a question, like closing, reopening, or editing, is a reputation-based privilege not restricted to moderators. The same people who can protect a question can also unprotect it, even if it ...


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That's the user themselves closing the question as a duplicate. When someone votes to close as a duplicate the user is asked whether they agree - and when they do the community user with his "mod powers" closes the question instantly on behalf of the user who potentially doesn't have any special close votes. See also: New UI encourages askers to confirm or ...


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I'm a Community Manager (i.e. a Stack Exchange employee), so I have diamonds everywhere. I just look new because I've never really interacted with this particular site before. Nothing happened with your elections (or anything else), I just decided to poke my head out and see why everyone was saying this site is so awesome! To explicitly answer your last ...


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There's no way for you to get the diamond without someone with developer access doing the following: Giving it to you through developer tools Manually executing a query that essentially does what the tool would Whenever someone is promoted to moderator by appointment or election, an entry is made in a user history table indicating that your access changed, ...


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L.Dutch wasn't yet a moderator when they voted to close that question (on July 9th); they were only elected on July 17th, over one week later. Prior to that, they had normal 20k+ privileges, but not a binding close/reopen vote. As an aside, the ability for a moderator to be able to cast a non-binding vote has been a long-standing feature request, but it ...


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I'm more of a screwdriver1 person, not a hammer person. There are so many things about questions on Worldbuilding that give me a headache. Like our constant battles with Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. Or our problems with Idea Generation or whatever categories it falls into now. Or our attempts to define Risk Factors for questions. Or our What-If problem. ...


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Only the OP can accept an answer. Moderators can't override that. It's the OP's prerogative to give the checkmark to a good answer, a less-good answer that he says worked for him, or no answer at all. Fortunately, the default sorting is by score, so the best answer (according to the community) will still show up at the top of the list and thus be visible ...


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I would like to nominate Liath: declined with apologies profile for Liath at Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, Q&A for writers/artists using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/users/flair/18.png profile for Liath on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A ...


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As a mod elsewhere - If you can't spend the time flagging, editing, and otherwise helping make the site better now, you're not going to find the time to moderate. One of the funny things about being a mod is, how little I actually need my mod powers. It speeds things up. I have a flag queue for users to let me know about things that need my attention. But ...


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As Tim B explained, there are many good reasons for moderators to have the power to take immediate action, sometimes even in the face of community disagreement. This is not just limited to putting questions on hold; it also includes deleting posts, marking as spam, and at the extreme end even destroying entire user accounts and feeding them into the spam-...


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I've got a few thoughts on this too, although I'm not a moderator so the answers you've gotten from L.Dutch and HDE may be more what you're looking for. The challenge here is in error rates - because nobody cares if questions that should be closed are closed, or if questions that are good remain open. The problem arises when questions that should be kept ...


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Sad to see you go as well but I get it. Hopefully you'll be sticking around the main site. Appreciate all the conversations we've had. J


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SE has several communities, each specialized in a different domain: Aviation, Worldbuilding, History, Interpersonal, just to name a few. Why is it so? Well, it is just common sense to cluster a community based on the common interests. At home I keep spoons and forks in the same drawer, well separate from screwdrivers and nails. They are all made of metal, ...


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I've just heard about Monica Cellio's dismissal from her post as a moderator on a number of SE sites. Having not seen the evidence that SE used to form the conclusion that the action that they took was required, I will not comment on it other than to say that the accusations against Monica seem to be misplaced given my experiences with her. I like to feel ...


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Moderators have moderator powers for a reason - to moderate. As part of that process we do not vote on subjective cases, we vote on cases where we are sure that it is the right thing to do. You can find several places on this site where we were not sure and so we waited and only voted once 3 or 4 votes had already been made or in fact didn't vote at all and ...


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At the moment, we handle, on average, about 10 flags per day (others we wait and let the community deal with). There are four of us, and we generally all take equal parts in the work, so we each average about 2.5 flags a day, although this does vary. Actually, that variation's part of the reason we're having this election: There have been some cases in the ...


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One of the moderators here. Back in the first times of the Internet, it was good practice, when joining an internet community, to spend some time just lurking around and observing the behaviors in the community, with the purpose of learning what was accepted and what not. I personally spent a few months on this very community just reading the questions, ...


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