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Let's distinguish between "can" and "should." Another user can edit your answer to a completely different answer because there is no automated system that clearly distinguish between a complex but sense-preserving edit and a sense-modifying edit. On this site, where there is a great deal of personal "voice" expected in answers, there is generally a strong ...


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@Fomite's answer explains my perspective very well. But let me amplify a bit: My dealings with this user are based on a pattern of behavior beyond any one posting. I think this is only rational. When someone behaves badly enough on a forum to be censured, then comes back and starts evincing the same behavior again, it would be strange not to keep the ...


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I consider it perfectly acceptable to make meta posts about the behaviour of specific moderators while naming them. Calling out regular users is problematic, but I think moderators can deal with some additional scrutiny. There is a very closely related issue of how constructive the complaint about a moderator is written. Posts like "Moderator xzy is a ...


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The first thing it does is throwing a professor title in front of TheDoctor. I find it a highly questionable behavior. Is the argument here "aeismail is correct because he is a professor"? I am pretty certain, the argument here is only that Aeismail should not be called young padawan learner because he is a professor. By the way, I think that nobody on ...


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I am a bit puzzled by the way the discussion has evolved. In my view, aeismail's comment is sloppy, since it just claims that this is not "correct usage", without backing up the claim with a reference. It is basically equivalent to writing "you are wrong". This is not how a polite discussion should start. It is, perhaps, not the best comment aeismail has ...


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In general, as moderators, we try and not moderate discussion on our moderator actions for exactly the reasons you alluded to. In this case, I deleted your comment not because it was critical of another moderator's behavior, but because it was additional discussion that was not appropriate to be left as a comment. It would have been fine in meta or chat. ...


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To contact a site moderator, you can Reply to a message received from the "moderator message" system. The only "trick" on the mod message system is that the messages need to be done in turns, alternated between mod team and user. That means that if the mod team does not send a reply back to the user, the user will not be able to message the team again. The ...


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I don't think there is any reason for someone other than the OP to remove a moderator's name from a meta post, as long as it's (a) civil in tone, and (b) related to the moderator's activities on the site. In this case, both conditions are met. I agree with Mad Scientist on the subject of whether someone should name a moderator in their own post. Sometimes ...


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As the moderator who deleted the comment, StrongBad's answer was exactly my thought; there were a few comments left immediately after the answer was posted suggesting improvement, which received no response. Even more so, there are numerous prompts to new users indicating that this is not the type of answer we are looking for. When a user ignores all that ...


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To expand on StrongBad's answer, here are some reasons why questions or complaints about moderator actions belong here on meta, not in comments on the main site: As meta posts, they have visibility to people who are interested in participating in the governance of this site (i.e. meta users), who can then chime in with their own answers and votes. As ...


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As a non-mod I don't have insights into what actually transpired here, so I can't well evaluate what's really going on. The bits and pieces I pick up (or read between the lines) are troublesome, but not enough for me to pick up the pitchfork. Especially - again, keep in mind that I can only read between the lines of what is written publicly - I am not sure I ...


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Naming a moderator when it is relevant should be encouraged. If a person doesn't know why something has occurred, and isn't allowed to ask why a moderator action was performed, he will likely continue the activity. That being said, moderator issues should be dedicated their own question, so that they can be resolved separately. An answer like the one ...


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I initially commented on the answer mostly as a notice of why I was going to delete it - I fully intended to delete it, then got distracted by something else. (Comments left by a moderator on a post just before post deletion still appear in the user's inbox.) I don't really understand the "too fast" thing. Clearly the answer was not suitable in its ...


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If I am following the timeline correctly, there were 6 flags raised against the question and a reviewer recommendation of not an answer before the question was deleted. One of the flags was autogenerated, but at least 6 community members asked for mod intervention. All the flags were handled by the same mod. The mod did not delete the answer until there ...


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It seems like we have four winners ! Congratulations to aeismail, eykanal, ff524 and StrongBad (if I ran the correct algorithm for determining the results)


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First of all, let me say I have nothing about ff524 or any other moderator. In fact, I have recently added a praising comment about ff524's excellent answer in Protocol for writing a recommendation letter for someone you only know on a personal basis. And I am not buddies with PeteLClark since I have never met him in my life. I have multiple times agreed, ...


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