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Moderation strike

Writing an answer in hopes that it helps the algorithm to make this question network famous Success! 6/7/23 (after close and reopen of this question): Still available on 6/8/23, the puzzling ...
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Moderation strike

I'm posting to point out at this writing that @StrongBad's question is the top network hot post. Plus, thanks to @StrongBad's return, they immediately became the #1 top network asker. So, well done ...
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Moderation strike

There once was a site StackExchange Which did well-writ answers arrange A corps of free mods Would even the odds Against porn and spam and 'net rage One day to the website did ride The Large Language ...
Shern Ren Tee's user avatar
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Moderation strike

Thanks @StrongBad for bringing this to the main page by these means, an excellent idea! I am very sad that a few people on top are making such bad decisions that are so disruptive for a great ...
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Moderation strike

IMO this is an excellent idea and I think this development has potential to greatly improve the site. Is there a chance the strike could spread to other sites on the network as well, so that they ...
gomennathan's user avatar
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Controversial question getting worse

Upvote this answer if you agree we should close (for any reason); downvote if you strongly disagree. Close the question. This "depends on individual factors": if all these details are really ...
Anonymous Physicist's user avatar
26 votes
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

A French perspective on this predominantly US site, but also used by non-US users. Our perspective on profanity and pornography is wildly different than in the US. We commonly use words such as "...
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Complaint about Academia Stack Exchange

Yours is a rather unique case. Of your 26 questions, more than 15 reference the same conflict, and 14 had a negative total score. You have a received a cease-and-desist letter from the institution in ...
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Moderation strike

OrangeDog wrote, Here we go again. I can't help but get a feeling, even if remote, that perhaps the approach to the new AI policy was a smokescreen for 'another' #purge Inbtw, I'm not a mod but I ...
semmyk-research's user avatar
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How does one appeal an account suspension?

When a user is suspended, they receive a message (a "mod message") in their Stack Exchange inbox giving the reason for the suspension. They can then write a response to that message. If they believe ...
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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 ...
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My answer on “Writing ads to attract female PhD candidates” was deleted; why?

"Don't bother trying" is a valid answer to "How do I [do thing]" In general, I agree with you. An answer that questions the premise of the question is a valid answer. But that’s not what your answer ...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

My two cents.... To the title question: yes, absolutely. When in doubt, we should try to accept questions, not try to close them. There are many a number of Nobel prizes, some of which are only very ...
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Why are the moderators on this website so anal?

Why can't the moderators etc. just let the people ask and answer the questions peacefully and without censoring unless there arises a serious problem? Most content that is deleted on Stack Exchange ...
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Close questions on cheating as "primarily opinion-based"?

should questions related to students cheating (where the answer isn't explicitly defined in their academic integrity policy) be closed as "primarily opinion-based"? No, this is far too general and ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Dealing with the "diversity question" answer

I think it's likely that the voting on this particular Q&A has been tilted by exposure to the Hot Network Questions, and the answer is by someone who hasn't participated on Academia.SE before. I ...
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Is there something more radical than "protecting" a question?

The next level would be to lock the question but this seems extreme. The real problem in my opinion is that the question is on the hot networkquestion list. We need better control of that. I proposed ...
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Dealing with the "diversity question" answer

The OP's post talks about "how" questions posed in the interview. "How" do you support X. That implies that the decision is already been made that X should be supported. In that sense, the ...
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Is there something more radical than "protecting" a question?

I sometimes leave this comment on answers that don't add anything new: It's not clear what this adds over existing answers that suggest the same approach, such as [link to answer that suggests same ...
ff524's user avatar
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

A slightly stricter option. Proposal: Profanity should generally be edited out of posts; however, it may be retained as needed to facilitate unredacted quotes (actual or hypothetical), or discussions ...
cag51's user avatar
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15 votes

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.
Ric's user avatar
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Should we be more welcoming of "technical" questions?

My feeling is No. There are a couple reasons I think this way: Academia is, in many ways, a site about the practice of academia, the process of being an academic, etc. rather than highly technical ...
Fomite's user avatar
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14 votes
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

There are three main paths by which a question can be deleted. Flags: If a question receives enough spam or abusive flags, the community bot will automatically delete the question and feed the spam/...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Complaint about Academia Stack Exchange

It was a complex issue; thus, it's not something that can be fully addressed in one post. Stack Exchange sites are repositories of well-defined and virtually independent questions and answers. They ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
12 votes

Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

Converted from a comment on the main site question (which I now have deleted): I am European so I probably know very little about this movement and the controversies that surround it, but I am ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

I think the question shows utter incompetence as a lecturer, but it's a valid question and should not be removed because I've had lecturers who were actually this socially incompetent, and as such it'...
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What does consensus mean if there is no action?

The question "Should this question on the OSF system be reopened?" only has 4 positive votes. The original question has, in its lifetime, received reopen votes from 4 unique users. It doesn't seem ...
ff524's user avatar
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Dealing with the "diversity question" answer

At the moment I'm writing this, it is the highest voted answer. To me, that's the community's answer. Deciding what to do about it in meta, is not what "the community wants" but rather what a the ...
Martin Argerami's user avatar
12 votes
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What is the impact of the moderation strike on Academia.SE?

A little bit of all, I think. Many flags have been handled by regular users and the AutoMod. I would guess this is the most significant factor -- what normally happens is that the first flag brings ...
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