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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I have mixed feelings on this. I think the questions address legitimate issues in academia that can be answered. The questions attract a lot of discussion in the comments and bad answers. I think we ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

As Anonymous Physicist pointed out, it is not clear whether the proposed policy applies to self-allegations. Let’s decide this: Suggested amendment This policy shall also apply to questions making ...
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a moderator deleted my answer under false pretence: offensive/spam

Your answer is full of arguments that take an argument that is typically made by the side which you claim to oppose and present it as an argument for the other side. Moreover you are throwing clichéic,...
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If the original poster of a question wishes to delete it, do we delete?

OPs do not in general have a right to delete their posts, though in limited circumstances where the question has essentially received no positive attention they will have such an option available to ...
zibadawa timmy's user avatar
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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

Just because something attracts junk comments, doesn't mean it's a bad question. Personally I think the question is legitimate and should stay up.
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a moderator deleted my answer under false pretence: offensive/spam

Your original answer was flagged by two users as rude/offensive. This brought it to my attention. Upon looking at the answer it seemed unrelated to the question and designed to produce discussion. ...
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On the failure of downvoting

First note that the answer in question has 51 upvotes and 23 downvotes right now. So there is a considerable amount of downvotes already. The main reason for the discrepancy between downvotes and ...
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Should I delete a bad answer even though I don't understand why it is bad?

I think the main reason your answer is rather massively downvoted is that in addition to the naïveté you're a bit too positive about people academics call 'cranks' and also that your first phrase ...
Discrete lizard's user avatar
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Should I delete a bad answer even though I don't understand why it is bad?

I think that your answer is not bad but a bit naive, as coming from someone who hasn't really seen how much time and energy a crackpot is able to drain if one tries to be understanding. During the ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I think that controversial questions are fine, but require a much higher level of care in community attention and moderation. In particular, they typically rapidly shoot to the "hot questions" list ...
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Why has this controversial answer been deleted by a moderator?

This answer is not nice to: the asker, who is implied to be insecure and lack social skills: Furthermore, there are some pretty trite geek clichés here, that are just silly on their own, but make ...
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Why was this offensive?

I was not involved in the deletion of your question. But here is why I would arrive at the same decision: Taken out of context, your last paragraph is misogynistic victim blaming. Within context, I ...
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My answer was deleted, and I cannot ask the person who did, why

Welcome to AC.SE. You can most definitely ask for explanations about what is going on. This is exactly what meta and chat are for. In this case, since the question is specifically about AC.SE, using ...
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Handling of off-topic content in an answer

In occasions like this it can be really easy to get distracted from the question and end up discussing the setup and that's often problematic for a variety of reasons - in fact, it happened in some of ...
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At what point should an answer be considered a non-answer?

Thanks for posting this question. This is a constant struggle on these sites. On the one hand, people in a community setting want to enjoy themselves. That involves conversation, jokes, sarcasm, ...
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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

tl;dr: Since your answer was duplicate text and a lot of it didn't directly address the question that was asked, it gives the impression of someone who hears a few key words ("gender" "STEM" "...
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Handling of off-topic content in an answer

This is a tricky case; thanks for bringing it to meta. The existing answers seem to support option 3, so I'll make a case for options 1/2. While questioning the premise of the question is often the ...
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Request for moderator apology

Background The answer in question was posted on this question, which is a hot network question with 2k views as of now. The answer’s full content was: Am I putting undue weight on this [...]? ...
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When should answers be deleted

As a mod, when I do not feel a post deserves to be deleted unilaterally, my preference is to leave "not an answer" and "low quality post" flags active - that is, not mark the flag as helpful nor ...
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At what point should an answer be considered a non-answer?

I personally feel that our community has expressed little patience with sarcastic questions/answers. This means removing that part of the answer, especially on a HNQ post, in a timely manner is ...
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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

What exactly is it that I do wrong? Your behavior was generally fine in that you did not violate the golden be nice rule. What you did wrong was post identical answers to different questions. Our ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Please re-open deleted answer

The post you refer to was flagged as "not an answer" and then got several delete votes in the review queue. This is because its content seemed to be intended as a response to other answers and ...
ff524's user avatar
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

I have a concern with the use of "defamatory" in "The allegations are defamatory, i.e., the reported behaviour is misconduct, criminal, or highly unethical or highly unprofessional.&...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

I suggest explicitly excluding from deletion questions where the asker makes allegations about their own conduct. "Did I do something wrong, and what should I do about it?" is a helpful ...
Anonymous Physicist's user avatar
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

Perhaps this passage The information in the question (including the asker’s username) allows others to identify the target or allows the target to identify the asker beyond any reasonable doubt ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I deleted your answer, in response to a flag raised by a user. (It was flagged as "rude or abusive"; I did not agree that it was "rude or abusive" but I deleted it for another reason, see below.) On ...
ff524's user avatar
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Need help deleting a question

As per the FAQ: If I flag my question with a request to delete it, what will happen? The standard policy for moderators is to decline such flags. The reasoning is as follows: if you ...
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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I felt that much of the problem with this question was the presence of a personal story that did not bear on the question being asked, so I edited the question to remove the story. The resulting ...
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On the failure of downvoting

At the beginning, the author of the answer thought it was a good idea (of course he did). Many other people probably thought along the same lines. Once the possible flaws have been pointed out, some ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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When should answers be deleted

As a mod, I only unilaterally delete posts if they are: spam or nonsense, ask a question, are Thanks!-type comments, or are blatantly rude or abusive. Absent that, I would prefer to wait for flags ...
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