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2019: a year in moderation

Personally, I would rather see more questions closed by the vote of community users in the reviews than by the decision of a moderator. From the point of view of the user asking the question, the ...
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"One question per question" rule being applied excessively literally

As long as it's sufficiently clear what (single) question is being asked(and that's obvously the case when you've marked it up to appear in bold) and the other questions are indeed there to ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It was claimed in comments moderators in GIS SE have played a major role closing questions than the community, while in other Stack Exchange sites (Stack Overflow SE, Mathematics SE and Database ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

Is flagging the question with "in need of moderator intervention" the right course of action in theses cases? Before flagging please consider other community options available to you. Use the Down-...
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What is the average daily workload for a GIS.SE moderator?

For me the workload isn't terribly onerous, I keep GIS.SE open in a browser tab all the time and when I have a long(ish) compile running I scan the newest question list and keep an eye on the ...
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Why was a solaris question closed?

Questions that relate to the business of vendors and product teams, such as licensing, pricing, release dates, submission of bug reports and enhancement requests, etc, are off-topic here and ...
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Suggesting more responsible forum moderation?

I suspect that I am the moderator that you are referring to, and I am happy to try and address any issues that you (or anyone) may have with my moderating style on this focussed Q&A site. GIS SE ...
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What is the average daily workload for a GIS.SE moderator?

We are fairly lucky we don't see too much spam, Ian mentions most of the relevant points. Likewise having a browser tab open can be useful when working and processing. The site has good community ...
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Is there a grace period for moderator action?

I think the best time to flag, comment, edit, vote, etc is when you first see an issue with a post because the longer a post goes with no feedback, the more likely the attention of the poster may no ...
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Where can I see when and why my comment was deleted?

Actually, the flag came from the review queue, your comment was flagged. First I looked and declined the flag as I felt it wasn't "unkind", a 2nd moderator looked at it and agreed with you and ...
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Appealing a moderator's action to revert an edit to narrow the scope of a question

I think you were correct to vote to close the question in its original form. However, your edits to the question were too drastic. Your attempts to narrow the scope of the question resulted in a ...
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Why a question was put "On-Hold"?

As the fourth and final person to vote for this to be placed on hold, pending closure, I would have been happy to see it closed as a duplicate of the earlier question that you cited, or to have both ...
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What is the average daily workload for a GIS.SE moderator?

iant and Mapperz already gave insight into the amount of time that is necessary to meet the needs of the site. Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that it's no problem to be offline during ...
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Flagging Duplicate Accounts?

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Either flagging a moderator from a question, or posting like you have here, seem like reasonable actions to me. However, I think the first action, upon ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

The question you cite is a bit of an anomaly. Typically questions such as this are closed with a comment suggesting how the OP can improve and edit the question. Often the OP adds an edit, flags it ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

I'm not an Arc expert but that question makes no sense at all to me. I would have voted to close it as it stands. I also can't tell if your answer will help future users searching for help, mostly ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

I have to agree with @PolyGeo on most of his points. I think this is one of the struggles of being a mod...it's one of the reasons I was reluctant to nominate myself in the last election. I felt that ...
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Where can I see when and why my comment was deleted?

As commented by @Midavalo: The comment about your answer being too short was added through the review queue. That reviewer deleted the comment after you had expanded your answer. This is a sign ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

Please don't jump to conclusions. 1) Your first example is gone, so I cannot comment but scraping is not necessarily unethical and is repeatedly deemed legal in courts in various countries. What the ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

In the answer to What is a "merged" question? it says: If you believe a merge stub is no longer useful, flag it for moderator attention and ask for it to be deleted. I think that is ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

This is not only about merged questions from same OP, but also about normal duplicates from same OP (i.e. self-duplicate questions). The merged ones are a particular case because they are locked ...
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Dealing with unethical questions?

It sounds like you think the questions should be deleted and, as a moderator, I would be happy to do that if the community sends a clear enough signal to me that they believe it is appropriate to do ...
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Suggesting more responsible forum moderation?

A long response to PolyGeo, going in a new "answer." (The format here is a bit awkward for the context of Meta...): Thanks for the thoughtful response. There are a number of technical consideration ...
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Do moderator close/on-hold votes conflict with the organic nature of the voting system?

Far from being in conflict, I view the On Hold / Close voting relationship between the community and its moderators as being one of symbiosis. When guiding my own moderation the Theory of Moderation ...
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2020: a year in moderation

Great, thanks a lot for these interesting numbers! This is a SE site about Geographic information systems. It would be interesting to have some statistics about where contributions were posted from (...
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Why a question was put "On-Hold"?

As the instigator of that particular vote and close reason, I thought I'd share my logic. First, I did see the earlier duplicate vote but there wasn't as much info at the time and I skipped it. That ...
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Confused about the rules

Without links to the particular Q&As that have led to your confusion it is not possible to give specific advice. If a thread is months or years old and doesn't have a clear answer (or any ...
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Why is link only answer flag declined?

My advice on how Very Low Quality flags are assessed is in my answer to your earlier question of Why is " Very Low Quality" on this question declined?: The way I assess Very Low Quality ...
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Why is link only answer flag declined?

I agree that the linked 'answer' is not an answer. Remove the link (which can become broken anytime) and there is nothing left. By not being an answer, it is not salvageable, hence very low quality. ...
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Why was a solaris question closed?

The vote to close on that question came from a moderator other than I, but I agree with it. The reason is your answer there: I'm one of the maintainers for the solaris project. I tried to ...
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