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I am appalled at this action by Stack Overflow, Inc. I urge them to reconsider, as this community, and I'm sure others, are significantly better places thanks to your past and ongoing impact. It's too late to wash this painful act from our memories, but it really needn't be too late to reverse its technical effects. I hope that if SO do offer to reinstate ...


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I am shocked to read this. In nearly 4 years on MiYodeya I can only remember positive interventions from your side, welcoming new users, taking time to explain the site features, intervening in a highly balanced way whenever required, and generally acting as a force for good. I cannot believe that anyone would see you as anything else than a highly positive ...


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Monica, for all we both have fairly broad interests, they don't seem to overlap much. But the fact that you're a very level-headed and nice person is impossible to miss even without many direct conversations. Many times you had a nice word in situations where I would just have grunted, walked away or sent the other person off. You were the moderator that we ...


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To whom it may concern at StackOverflow, Inc.: This is not about whether Monica was correct or not regarding her position on the matter at hand. This is about how you responded. Your non-apology states that you (whether you personally or SE or whoever) "removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to ...


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Writing from the Western US where the holiday has not yet begun. L'Shana Tova to you all. I have been very lucky to serve alongside Monica for a brief time as moderators for Writing.SE. She has been an amazing mentor, not just for me but for other moderators, and always generous with her time and knowledge. I actually agree with the new SE policy for ...


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As a Christian I am now consider if I will every surport stackoverflow again, as freedom of speach and religion is important to me. I have now written an answer on another question, outlining how keeping to what one groups says is their absolute and unquestionably right to enforce on me is not compactable with my right to chose to be a Christian. See ...


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I senior mod on another site with about the same reach as SE, so I've a bit more experience of these situations. SE is nominally, a site that pays great respect for its community, including its volunteer mods. That respect seems to be missing here. The most up to date communication seems to be @Sara_Cripps reply to this thread, and frankly, if one of our ...


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I see here two mutually exclusive accounts of what happened. Someone is lying and I find it hard to believe it’s Monica. If I get booted off the site for saying so, that only relieves me of the difficult decision whether to delete my accounts or not. (And in response to the puzzling comment, if I do so, it will be because like others, I choose not to ...


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Monica, I signed in after a good few months of inactivity just to shockingly voice my disappointment at this whole situation (I only learned of it from the sidebar on SO). I cannot recall a single interaction in which you were not the voice of reason and sensitivity at the same time. Mi Yodeya and Stack Exchange as a whole are a less friendly corner of the ...


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I debated whether to make this a comment, or even send a brief message via your personal blog ... but decided a brief "answer" suited best. I hope that's OK. While reading Schechter's venerable Aspects of Rabbinic Theology, I ran across his citation of Avodah Zarah 5b, which includes: אשריהם ישראל בזמן שעוסקין בתורה ובגמילות חסדים יצרם מסור בידם ...


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I felt the writing was on the wall for this kind of upper-echelon behavior when I first saw the Code of Conduct. I am entirely unsurprised that something like this would happen, and it seems to be in keeping with a sort of a trend in various organizational settings in the US recently.


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Elections are typically triggered by one of two things: Graduation out of Beta The site grows to the point that it requires more attention than the existing moderation team can offer. Each of these decisions are made by Stack Exchange staff, presumably with input from the community. There is no scheduled frequency. It has been a while since Mi Yodeya ...


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In the title of your question you ask "What do you do when a moderator is saying insulting or belittling things?" and the answer to that is: the same thing you do if anybody else says insulting or belittling things, as addressed in the linked answer. You shouldn't avoid flagging something just because a moderator posted it; everybody errs sometimes, and ...


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Woa, Ididn't know why you were gone Monica. I miss you a lot. Reading what happened I feel sure it must be for something good in future for you because as so many others here have written, you are the best moderator on any site I've ever known. I'm so happy to have been able to read what you wrote here. Thank you for making my corner of the world a little ...


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In general, a good way to notify the mods that a mod-only action is needed is to raise a flag.


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It's important to distinguish between question and answer posts on one hand, and comments on the other. Q&A posts are the primary content on Mi Yodeya, while comments are "temporary 'Post-It' notes left on a question or answer." Q&A Posts Question and answer posts get deleted relatively infrequently. Descriptions of how and why they can get deleted ...


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He likes to help out but very much prefers to remain anonymous. If you are over 40 years old and have mastered all revealed parts of Torah, you can view the below information:


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Flag for moderator attention. Mods can recuse themselves from handling issues if they deem it appropriate (the system does allow them to handle flags on their own posts). If you feel a mod is abusing his privileges and hiding a problem from other mods by constantly dismissing flags before anyone else notices, you can contact SE to take a second look. See ...


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These posts from the help center might help Why and how are some questions deleted? Why and how are some answers deleted?


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My experience was that I commented from on the mobile site, but felt I needed more time to properly articulate an answer. When I found the time, the comment (perhaps better worded than my answer) had been deleted, and even the OP's response in my inbox was gone, so I had to check the history on another device to find the question. As the moderator who ...


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Others (and not only moderators!) editing someone's post is an integral part of Stack Exchange. For background, I recommend you read the entirety of these three pages: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/edit https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/editing https://judaism.stackexchange.com/tour The second of those three says (a bit bluntly): ...


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You have been made an 'example of'! It happens, generally, when big money comes in from 'special interest groups'.


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