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How much harassment, bigotry or abuse can a user engage in before facing consequences?

Over the past few days I have raised approximately 10 "helpful" flags on a single user for "harassment, bigotry and abuse". I can't be sure of the exact number, because there were ...
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Dehumanisation of Palestinians proliferating on this website

Extremist, dehumanising statements regarding Palestinians are becoming very common on this website and are dealt with very slowly if at all. You can find a recent example of this in the comments to ...
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How is asking for reasonable sources not a "request clarification or suggest improvements"?

I got into a "comment war" on the following question Does Israeli law permit a government to impose a blanket ban on its citizens to prevent them from leaving the country? - Politics Stack ...
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Why was my answer the the question about restricting leaving Israel deleted?

I answered this question with a direct link to the Israeli law provision on the topic. Seems factual and well-sourced to me. Why was it deleted? I didn't even see any usual antisemitic comments ...
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Repeated antisemitism on this site

Why is blatant antisemitism so rampant on this site? How's "Why do Jews need a safe space" question not a grounds for an automatic ban?
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Why was my answer to this question as to when anti-terrorist actions were justified been deleted?

This answer was deleted by a moderator who stated that it was both a personal opinion and did not address the question. I disagree. I first state that what constitutes terrorism is a problematic ...
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Voting to close question after answering it

What is the position of this community (and especially the moderators) on voting to close a question after posting an answer? Although it cannot be prevented, many SE communities to frown at this ...
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Which comment flags should be used for what reasons? with the additional intent to minimize mod workload

If I flag a comment, I am presented with a number of choices. It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse. This comment attacks a person or group. Learn more in our Code of Conduct. unfriendly or ...
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Can I now use DPRK-style language in posts?

I suggested this be toned down: In contrast, the men who flocked to the American banner, from the first day of the occupation, were naught more than self-interested traitors to their own people and ...
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Flag declined claiming a source is rightly criticized in an answer because it is used in the Q, but I don't see it in the Q

I flagged this answer for a minor issue: Since there's a recent mod trend to remove irrelevant soapboxing from answers, I suggest the last para on Meduza be removed. AFAICT Meduza was never brought ...
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Moderator deleted my answer after grossly misunderstanding it

Update: Taking all the comments into account, I have posted a new answer with supporting links and a considerably more considerate wording. I believe that it addresses all the points made in this ...
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Moderator Philipp needs to stop moderating anything to do with Israel/Palestine

Whilst I am not aware of issues with the moderation of Philipp on other topics, on the topics of Israel and Palestine it is obvious that they are unable to act in an objective fashion. Hence I suggest ...
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Moderator Philipp deleted my answer for "[making] one side in an ongoing conflict look worse than the other"

My answer was in response to the following question: Why won't Israel allow more aid into Gaza? The exact reason given for the deletion was: As explained in the comments, this answer is using cherry-...
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Are flags on meta reviewed or dealt with?

There is a user who has been abusing me regularly on meta. I have flagged their posts multiple times, but all flags are showing as "pending". Are flags on meta reviewed by anyone?
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Do we allow avatars that feature well-known politicians?

See title. There's currently a user (who I won't name) that uses an avatar with such an image, and I'm wondering if that's allowed. Intuitively I'd have guessed no (or one can create an avatar with [...
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Question closed & deleted for antisemitism

My question was not only closed but also deleted for being antisemitic, according to the moderator. The question was "do a majority of Israeli Jews want Palestinians in Gaza to die?", it was ...
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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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Moderator single-handedly deleting my highly-upvoted answer. Is this okay?

I am referring to this answer: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/83473/1470 The moderator also commented that it is "not salvageable" even though the first part directly answers 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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