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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I have been a moderator on this site for quite a while and am pretty active on the site myself. So I think I have quite a lot of experience with how the community reacts to certain questions. Let me ...
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I agree with SamIAm that your question is too meta, and because of that seems to promote a specific cause, which is off-topic (I would disagree with Philipp, that a potentially on-topic question can/...
tim's user avatar
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Is this an appropriate username?

I agree the display name was in very poor taste and obviously intended to troll and/or offend people on the site. I reverted it to the user's previous one.
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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

"Be nice" policy is a cornerstone of the entire Stack Exchange community. Once you see a post that clearly violates the policy, flag it for Moderator's attention. If a certain behavior becomes a ...
Be Brave Be Like Ukraine's user avatar
22 votes
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Not Rude and Abusive. Why?

Apologies. I declined your flag by mistake. I must have clicked the wrong button. I removed the comment now. Unfortunately, I cannot change the status of your flag.
yannis's user avatar
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17 votes

Is this an appropriate username?

It's obviously inappropriate, and the user in question should be forced to remove the reference at minimum. Aside from being obviously offensive given the implication that the user is awaiting her ...
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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

A seven day suspension is far too lenient for racist and anti-semitic abuse. Someone who calls another user a "filthy shabbos goy" or talks about how Jews are "...talented at deception by ...
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Should answers without references be removed by the mods?

No, answers should not be removed just because they lack references. Not all answers here will require references and we can find good answers without them. If an answer needs references it can be ...
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Moderator Censorship

So here's how we're gonna do this: I've deleted all of the comments on that answer save for the one that directs folks to the chat room. Since you and others - and especially you - couldn't keep your ...
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Attempted subversion of a question

The question we are talking about here indeed had a slight "Ukraine should give up" slant by assuming as fact that it would not be possible for Ukraine to return control of its territory (...
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Question closed & deleted for antisemitism

TBH you could have asked that in less loaded form, e.g. instead of Do a majority of Israelis Jews want Palestinians in Gaza to die? Something like Why do most Israeli Jews oppose food aid to ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
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Lack of moderator patience and deleting critical comments

It is important to close questions quickly, because otherwise they attract the kind of answers we don't want to have on this website. Why it was the right decision to to close this question quickly ...
Philipp's user avatar
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12 votes

Why should moderators have the right to remove misinformation rather than correct misinformation?

This is a political discussion site, right? No. Politics SE is a question and answer (Q&A) site. Perhaps, that distinction is important for understanding why the site does not work as you request. ...
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Do we really want to tolerate personal attacks and antisemitism here?

To elaborate on why we start with 7 days: From my perspective, the purpose of the 7 day suspension is not really about revenge. It's about getting them to stop the toxic behavior. If your purpose ...
Sam I am says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Moderator Censorship

55 people have commented on that question, and it became a side-discussion. As some of you are aware, I delete what looks like side discussins. The first handful of comments seemed to be asking ...
Sam I am says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Why did the question "Is President Donald Trump a racist?" get closed?

I'm going to go ahead and post some of my thoughts on the question in question, specifically, where it might have problems. The majority of your question is a meta-commentary about other questions. ...
Sam I am says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
10 votes

@Philipp moderator seems to be into showing his attitude a bit too much. Am I missing something?

1) I would tend to agree with you that the question was fine, but so were Philipps actions. The community obviously disagreed about the question being fine, 5 members closed the question and it was ...
tim's user avatar
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Antisemitism on politics.se

My understanding, based on my own experience as a moderator on another SE site, is that a single comment is simply not enough to warrant a suspension, regardless of what the comment may have said. At ...
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What is "serial voting" on this site?

Moderators cannot invalidate votes. This can happen either by an automated process or by a Stack Exchange employee. You may find more details in the help centre. In this instance, I noticed that you ...
yannis's user avatar
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9 votes

Preemptively protecting hot network questions

While this was protected by a moderator (more privileges than a mere user), it's worth noting that normally you can't just run around protecting questions. Typically they need some low quality answers ...
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Why are people who unapologetically and repeatedly post racist drivel not banned for extended periods of time?

There is a process. Quoting Jeff Atwood on a related Meta question: The general process: stage 1 email warning and moderator message about specifics of unacceptable behavior1 stage 2 1-7 days ...
JJJ's user avatar
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9 votes

When should we remove a question from the Hot Network Question list?

Very rarely, when absolutely necessary to prevent harm to the site or the community. I cannot in good faith vote up Jeff Lambert's answer, because I do not want to handcuff the moderators if ...
Kevin's user avatar
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9 votes
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What are the rules about using Bounty Messages to evade comment locks?

The purpose of the bounty message is to explain the expectations from the bounty winner. It is not a substitute for comments. It is a lot more visible than regular comments, and cannot be flagged, ...
yannis's user avatar
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9 votes

Why is a factual statement about Trump, backed by wikipedia articles, labeled "personal opinion" by a mod?

If you look at the second sentence it appears to be the problem. The GOP elected Donald Trump as presidential candidate and continues to stand by him. To sane non-cynicists, Trump is unacceptable on ...
Joe W's user avatar
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9 votes

Moderator single-handedly deleting my highly-upvoted answer. Is this okay?

The first part of the answer, the first three sentences, addresses the question: I can answer from the Russian perspective. In Russan men's rights movement people believe that Feminists are people ...
JJJ's user avatar
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9 votes

Are "activist" usernames allowed on this website?

End Israeli Apartheid There was a user who already probed this one. It prompted a significant debate amongst the SE mods in general (mods can globally reset usernames, and one did). We ultimately ...
Machavity's user avatar
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8 votes

Call for Pro-Tem Moderators

(source: stackexchange.com) Notes: This nominee would be a good choice due to a consistent demonstration of level headed and balanced approach to controversial concepts, while offering dedicated ...
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Deleting this user name is not rocket science

I agree with Carpetsmoker. There is not a strong case that the username is to invoke Nazi-ism, and it is equally or more likely that it is not intended to invoke Nazi-ism at all. The user's post ...
Sam I am says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
8 votes

Should qualified partial answers be deleted?

No. Partial answers can stand. They are useful.
gerrit's user avatar
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8 votes

Are Stack Exchange policies on topic?

No, they are not. The "politics" of Stack Exchange as a whole is off-topic on both Politics Stack Exchange and Politics Meta Stack Exchange. If you have questions about the Stack Exchange network ...
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