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Do we want three moderators, or four?

Four could be helpful for the situation mentioned in this comment: Yep, mxyzplk and I are often on the same wavelength (enough that the times we aren't can stand out), but we're also keenly aware ...
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Is something wrong?

Yes I think there is something wrong. Matter of fact I think there's 2 things wrong with this site compared to other Stacks. And as they are connected, I'm not sure which is cause and which is effect. ...
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Do we want three moderators, or four?

I think it's obvious that we need more. More than two, that is. It's obvious, because you two (@mxyzplk and @SevenSidedDie) say so. There might be other possible signs that a third was needed, I don't ...
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Do we want three moderators, or four?

I'm in agreement with the ideas floated thus far--it doesn't sound like we're sure there's a need for four modsworth of effort, but given the current team makeup we might need four mods if we want to ...
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Request for feedback on Good Subjective moderation

The purpose of GS/BS is to enable meaningful voting behaviors. That’s it: to make sure that the Stack Exchange system actually works, actually filters out noise and highlights strong signals. Can an ...
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Is something wrong?

I was a supporter of this facilitated discussion idea earlier, but I'm not now. Here's why, and what we should be doing instead: The mods have told us (repeatedly, for years) that if the problem is ...
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Is there any reason why quoting a D&D 5e spell in its entirety would not qualify as "fair use"?

Just FYI, a normal user was the one who revised your post using their edit privilege. “Site mods” usually refers to the diamond moderators, none of which have revised your post prior to this meta. ...
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Post-mortem for a question relating to female players and role-playing games. Why and what now?

I'm going to echo your run-down of the possible reasons for it being put on hold, based on the current revision and not earlier ones: Too broad: check It's too broad in two ways: the target group is ...
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Is it acceptable to include your opinion of the quality of character choices in an answer?

There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but care needs to be taken in how it is presented Good answers frequently include contextual information above and beyond what is directly asked by the ...
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Is something wrong?

The site, and its users and moderators, have several problems beyond those already mentioned. Here are the ones I've noticed. Most apply in meta or in meta-commentary on posts, but many also apply in ...
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Difference between 'On-Hold' and 'Closed'?

When we close a question, it becomes "On hold" for 5 days, then becomes "Closed" thereafter. They're functionally the same thing (closed) except for two differences: When a question is On Hold, an ...
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What is the reason we are moving to having 5 diamond moderators?

There's nothing particularly magical about the number 5. A long-serving mod retired recently and we three thought that a deeper bench of experienced moderators would be good to have in the community, ...
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How are users supposed to suggest questions might get better answers on a different SE site?

It comes down to that we're having some problems with IPS.SE users undermining the domain expertise of RPG.SE, and dissuading users from asking interpersonal questions here. I removed your initial ...
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Who moderates the moderators?

Stack Exchange sites are moderated by the entire community of users, who unlock moderation privileges through contributions to the site. Some users also get elected by the community to become diamond ...
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Do we want three moderators, or four?

There's a lot of talk about "perspectives" and "diversity" regarding moderator composition, and I'd like to share my thoughts on the subject because it recently (about five minutes ago) became clear ...
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How should we handle this "fireproof worn items" question?

My opinion is that we should purge the answers. Designers are the only appropriate source for designer questions If OP wants designer reasons, the only authoritative answer we can give them is going ...
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Is something wrong?

I'm a very casual user of the site, and yes there seems to be a problem to me. The RAW tag creates a situation where a lot of answers are either fairly reasonable or completely wrong according to ...
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Do we want three moderators, or four?

We've asked Grace Note to give us two election slots, for a total of four mods. After this consultation with the community we heard ideas for and against 3 and 4, but the overall sense we got from ...
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'We do not enforce style' - how to react to discrepancies between policy and reality?

This policy isn't just lip service and does have power. Our fellow community members should be enforcing it, and the diamond moderators can and will enforce it as well, as we have done in the past. ...
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Why was this question protected?

There are actually 4 deleted answers to that question (which takes 10K rep to see). 2 of those answers are from brand new users, 1 is from a new user that has the associated bonus rep, and 1 is from ...
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When should I NOT protect questions?

You should only protect questions in unusual circumstances. Despite rumors to the contrary, our site likes new users. New users get rep mainly by answering questions. If new users can't answer ...
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How do I judge "no lasting value whatsoever"?

Helpfully, we've got an objective frame of reference available: the system automatically deletes questions under certain conditions. I'll summarise the points relevant to this discussion (leaving ...
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What do moderators do here?

As requested by myself, here's a birds-eye view into what actually happened on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange moderation-wise over the past 365 days, for your collective edification and bemusement: ...
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What is an "edit war" and is it ever appropriate?

What is an edit war? Edit Warring is when two (or more) users disagree about something (generally whether something should have a specific edit) and uses their privileges to do and undo that edit ...
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Is something wrong?

At the request of nitsua60 I've compiled my comments on nvoigt's answer into a coherent answer/comment from my outsider perspective as a relatively new member here. I feel that mods are more heavy ...
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Why was my comment requesting clarification on an answer deleted?

Intentions aside, the comment does not actually read as a request for clarification. Here's the comment: So you don't think Vanessa's behavior is at all wrong or problematic (since you didn't ...
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How to address undue criticism that targets diverse answers?

Your answers were not being downvoted because they were taboo or too diverse. Answers are going to be downvoted (and in extreme cases, removed) whether they are diverse or not, when they are poor ...
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Compound vs. Simple Questions

If you want to ask Can a warlock with strength 0 use fell flight to fly underwater? ask that It's not necessary to make a question easier to answer by pointing out all of a question's disparate parts ...
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Are we comfortable with our current position on deleting general answers to system specific questions?

I think that such answers should be deleted, because they don't answer the question as posed. First, what is the criteria for deletion? From meta.stackexchange, For answers, any post that is not ...
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What is the reason we are moving to having 5 diamond moderators?

Unofficial Answer: We probably merit 5 moderators based on the size of the stack. Our stack gets about 18 questions/day and about 73k visits/day. Some other stacks for comparison: Super User: 217 ...
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