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Antisemitism on politics.se

I didn't want to have to post this, but here we are. Yesterday I flagged a comment by a user on one of their own answers to a question on the main site, that repeated the baseless conspiracy theory ...
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Are "activist" usernames allowed on this website?

I'd like to ask whether "activist" usernames are allowed on this site or whether they might violate rules. In light of the onslaught in Gaza, I was considering changing my username to ...
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Will the moderators take steps to curb pro-Israel bias on this site?

I was suspended from this website for a period of one week starting on 25 January. I am concerned that my suspension was due to a latent pro-Israel bias among this website's moderation team contrary ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why are several of my comments being deleted?

I had a comment here replying to another user which was removed. I've noticed this happening on numerous threads now, where my comments are being removed from controversial threads. I can understand ...
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Why were comments about a big error in an answer deleted?

Can a moderator shed light on why two comments on the answer to the question Have there been other territories with a situation similar to Gaza in terms of occupation or control? were deleted? The ...
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How to salvage a moderator-deleted answer when there is no way to get feedback?

On December 19, 2023 I posted an answer to the question What alternatives do supporters of ceasefire consider for Israel rather than eliminating Hamas?. A day later it was deleted by moderator CDJB as ...
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Criteria for moderators to take actions on push questions

The post is motivated by question What are the political impediments for a country in sending aid to Palestinians in Gaza, without an international consensus? In my opinion the question is subject to ...
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Can and should moderators delete comments with out moving them and notifying users?

A user very active on this site in the comments of this answer (https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/82516/28966) was, in my opinion, using and justifying ethnic cleansing euphemisms, and I called it ...
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Answer deleted by moderator as "not an answer" -- but I think it is a good answer

I hope it's OK to ask on my own behalf here (what else with a narrower scope could I do to obtain a review of a moderator action?). Philipp apparently cleaned up in the highly active question What is ...
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What is the canonical way to obtain a review of a moderator action

An answer of mine was deleted by a mod, and I'd like somebody (possibly the mod himself) to take a second look. The "Undelete" button does not work for mod-deleted posts. What's the ...
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Why are moderators making political judgements?

I've made several contributions lately where moderators are becoming involved in arbitrating the political correctness of the contribution. I've just had a positively-voted answer deleted which ...
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Did you erase the comments pointing out that Wagner is a terrorist organization?

Were my comments to this question, pointing out that comparisons between Blackwater and Wagner are entirely inappropriate get erased? Those were my reasons for voting to close the question, which is ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

As an example, user @BobaFit recently posted an answer to In the US, what do federal politicians commenting on education policy propose the federal government should do? which I find quite compelling, ...
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When are comments on this site unfriendly or unkind?

I'm more of a lurker here. I usually just read a little here and there, but I get into it every now and then if the right HNQ caught my eye. So I'm not super familiar with this community. I flagged ...
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Are questions arbitrarily closed as off-topic?

I saw multiple questions closed as off-topic, I would like to ask what are the exact criteria of that behavior and what does the moderator team to prevent abuses in that sense? Among multiple examples ...
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am I wrong in thinking that an author raising "no longer needed" flag is always honored?

I believe there was a moderator post a while ago (on this meta site) which said that if an answer author raises "no longer needed" flag, the comments always get deleted. It makes sense ...
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Why should moderators have the right to remove misinformation rather than correct misinformation?

Why should moderators have the right to remove misinformation rather than correct misinformation? I think we should correct rather than remove just like we combat falsehoods with education rather than ...
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Attempted subversion of a question

There has been a recent attempt at subverting a highly active question question What is the pacifist position on Ukraine? (+36 and nearly 9000 views at the moment of writing.) Specifically: they ...
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How is this site moderated for exclusion of and ousting of people? [closed]

I would like to know how contrast about who should win an election, who is the one out, and who holds a view that is not eligible to stand, is dealt with on this site. Perhaps, it is the role of ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

In this answer which was deleted I made the argument that Trump often lies and promotes conspiracy theories, which is why people who stay with him don't value veracity and science and therefore are ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is a question on whether someone is a "black supremacist" going to be mod-deleted? If not, why not?

The question on whether Trump was fascist was ultimately mod-deleted because it had a positive score and perhaps it would not have been deleted had this decision been left to the community. The one ...
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Why was my answer explaining an anti-White hate statement deleted?

I wrote this answer, which was deleted by @Philipp using his moderator powers. I do not believe that this was the correct course of action to take. In that answer, I explained the background behind &...
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Why was this flag declined?

This answer, by its own admission, does not answer the question. Other users have pointed this out as well. Indeed, the answerer admits: Fair point that I should have been more on point to the OP's ...
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Why was this answer on "Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak?" deleted?

I answered the question Why don't Presidential debates disable the candidates' microphones while it's not their turn to speak? with this answer. It was an answer and had an answer in it. But then it ...
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Will there be a candidate questionnaire for the upcoming election?

The announcement for the pro tempore moderator elections says: For these elections, the candidate questionnaire is an optional feature that individual sites can choose if they want (example here). If ...
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What are the rules about using Bounty Messages to evade comment locks?

The comments on this question were locked by yannis due to excessive off-topic discussion and debate. Recently, a user posted a bounty on the question, but the bounty message has nothing to do with ...
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What does it mean when my answer is deleted by a moderator "Via Vote"?

My answer was deleted by a Mod, but the comment on the deletion says "via Vote": What does this mean? It looks like it was deleted by a moderator, not by collecting delete votes from ...
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Haphazard comment moderation

I have noticed the standard for comment moderation has been lacking recently. Entire debates are allowed to develop under some answers while comments that provide specific suggestions on how to better ...
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Edit rejected. No deviation from original intent

I suggested an edit to the only answer to my question Is there any good evidence for institutional racisms in the United States?. The edit got rejected by user "JJ for transparency and Monica&...
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@Philipp moderator seems to be into showing his attitude a bit too much. Am I missing something?

I am not a contentious type of person. Maybe I'm missing something. But here are two examples. I asked this question, but it appeared to some users as too broad. Since this concept of "broadness&...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is this an appropriate username?

One of the top users for Politics.SE has a username like [username]--Is RBG Dead Yet Presumably in reference to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I don't feel feel a username like "is ...
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Not Rude and Abusive. Why?

After reading this thread, I flagged this comment for moderator attention. As someone who has lived in the state of Illinois, I can assure you that it is not "full of nazis" and take offense that we ...
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Comment deletion policy should be changed significantly

The moderators are too quick to delete comments. They frequently delete them without giving any notice. They should raise the threshold for comment deletion considerably. As an example, a recent ...
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Are Stack Exchange policies on topic?

I asked some hard questions in Meta about policies which got me banned from Meta. I asked about my stats that are not available to the user or moderator on how suspensions and bans work and why? ...
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When should we remove a question from the Hot Network Question list?

As you might have read in the recent global meta announcement, moderators now have the option to manually remove a question from the Hot Network Questions list. Should Politics Stack Exchange make ...
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

On March 4th, a user posted the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?". Moderator Philipp closed this question a few minutes later with the reason "Promotes or discredits a ...
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What is an appropriate way to handle users who do not think that question about whitewashing of antisemitism in government are on topic?

I asked this question to find out if (in a specific instance of) antisemitic affiliations within the Democratic Party have, there have been any apologies issued. A number of users (Alexander O'Mara,...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Are diamond mods allowed to lock questions which they were involved in an edit war?

The question originally called Who shovels shit in full communism? has been locked with a comment by diamond mod Philipp saying This question was locked due to an edit war. Please do not put ...
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Why are people who unapologetically and repeatedly post racist drivel not banned for extended periods of time?

A certain user – a student of mathematics – has a repeated history of posting offensive racist content. Furthermore, based on various posts on meta, it seems that this user doesn't seem to understand ...
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Should qualified partial answers be deleted?

Suppose we have a complex question like: Do Nation X and Nation Y both have freckled parliamentarians? User Mr.Foo answers: As a resident of Nation X, I know of seven freckled parliamentarians, ...
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What is "serial voting" on this site?

This site has less than 20 active users. I can imagine quite easily that a few of them vote in concert because they are more or less like-minded. I got a few rep points taken off for "serial voting"....
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Term Limits for Moderators

In a follow up to this question moderator involvement was discussed, and it was noted that moderators are elected, seemingly for life. While another post deals with adding additional new moderators, ...
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Isn't a 1 year suspension a bit excessive?

I don't know the details involved in what led to a particular user's suspension, but I did notice that after the expiration of his previous 1 year suspension, he managed to earn another 1 year ...
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SE sites seem to be ruining the fun by disallowing comments

Example question: Is Fox News correct that Mueller shouldn't be going after a campaign finance violation? This question isn't exactly tied to politics.se, it's simply the last place I happened to ...
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