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I do not consider this answer acceptable because it violates be nice, in particular: Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions. Don't be a jerk. These are just a few examples. If you see them, flag them: […] Harassment and bullying. If you see a hostile interaction, flag it. Threatening or scaring users, in particular with consequences ...


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"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 does. The question does not aim at fundamentally changing the gender ratio in the field of computer science, but just at making ads more encouraging for women. ...


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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, unjustified accusations at the asker. This is so blatant that it is almost certainly intentional¹. I don’t know whether you do this to provoke conflict, to ...


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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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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. This is taking advantage of our community and considered rude. Therefore I cast a 3rd flag as rude which caused the community bot to delete your question.


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The threats were inappropriate and definitely a violation of our be nice policy. I have deleted the answer. If a 10k+ user thinks they can salvage the answer, please edit and flag for attention so it can be undeleted.


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A comment left on this answer stated: This seems to be more of a snarky comment than a good-faith answer. I agree with this: This is not an honest attempt to answer the question, but instead it suggests playing a rude practical joke on the students in question. This suggestion is based on taking the request in question overly literal by replacing one group ...


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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" "underrepresented") and posts a whole screed without taking the time to give a thoughtful answer to the question that was actually asked. On Academia SE, answers ...


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The way the SE system works is we like to have our discussions about moderation in public so everyone can participate since we are really a community moderated site and so there is a level of transparency. In general, regular users cannot delete an answer with a net positive score. They are forced to flag the answer. It then gets reviewed by other high rep ...


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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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If I understand correctly, the question had +11 votes, as such it seems that the "community" valued this answer. In addition, even if that was not the case, as @jpmc26 said, "I'm not really comfortable with the idea that any content is deleted just because the community wants it to be. Such an approach leaves too much room for drowning out less popular ...


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I think the answer deserved to be deleted because it didn't make much sense, and could be considered spam. It's completely possible that it was a well-intentioned post. It's also possible it's based on nasty obnoxious intentions. There just is not enough information to tell, since "look how that turned out" is vague. The answer is also ...


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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 community does not like duplicate answers that are not tailored to the question. It makes users feel like the answerer is trying to make a point. This is ...


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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 Academia Stack Exchange, questions that ask "Help me change X's mind about Y", where X is someone in the context of academia and Y is not academia-specific, ...


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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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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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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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I think your answer was removed for the wrong reason. I agree that it requires quite a stretch to claim it's offensive, but - it's true that "this seems to be more of a ... comment than a ... answer". Also, what @AnonymousPhysicist said.


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I undeleted the answer, as I couldn't find any good reason for it to be removed.


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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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