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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 that a mental monoculture in the mod team is undesirable for the site. I'm personally looking forward to the stable instability that is magic number 3. – ...


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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. Or Hen and egg. I cannot say which was first. So I cannot necessarily blame the mods for it, it might just be their reaction. Community Behavior The way I ...


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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 know. Your say-so is sufficient, by my thinking. It's not obvious that we need four. I think that having another perspective in the conversation will be ...


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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 be sure of three diverse perspectives at the elected table. This leads me to a concern. It's been clearly established, I think, that elected mods doing too ...


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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 expert judge the quality of this answer and how well it will likely help those who have the question? Or is impossible to judge because it’s just an expression ...


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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 misbehaviour by a moderator, the right thing to do is bring it to the attention of the Community Managers, and that the more people talk to the CMs, the more ...


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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 enormous and heterogeneous; an in-depth design analysis of how to appeal to even a narrow group is worth a whole book. Worth a book Some questions can be ...


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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. Each of the diamond moderators will always have a diamond (♦) appear after their names. On Fair Use in this situation Stanford University has an excellent ...


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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 all other interactions too. Focusing on personalities more than behavior, judgment more than characteristics Writing this out and thinking about it, I ...


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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 edit performed on it will push it into the Reopen review queue. (I don't know if this can happen more than once.) "On hold" sounds temporary, and this is the ...


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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, as other mods may choose to retire with little notice. -doppelgreener, nitsua60, and mxyzplk


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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 comments because they looked like an extension of the same pattern. I also then cleaned up that comment thread because it's not the kind of thing I'm interested in ...


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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 moderators which is like a glorified janitor position. Here on meta is where we the community members moderate each others' activity where necessary (including ...


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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 to be based off of designer guidance in some way. Designer guidance directly addressing this issue (or an answer based off of related designer guidance) is the ...


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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 whether it is present or not. I am not trying to reiterate the argument whether the tag should exist or not, but its existence has problematic consequences. These ...


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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 to me that people may be meaning VERY different things when we talk about these ideas. Here's where I'm coming from: When I think about what's valuable in "a ...


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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 you all collectively was “eh, either is fine and maybe four would be useful, but we don't see a clear and present need for more than three.” It's good to know ...


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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. However we all can only act on what we see happening and we can't notice everything. If you see one-off edits that change style in a way you're not comfortable ...


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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 a fairly new, low rep user. None of the 4 answers submitted answer the question asking about canonical behaviour from Anima Beyond Fantasy sources and instead ...


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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 aside spam etc), but you can find the full details at that link under the "By the system" heading. A question gets deleted if it is unlocked and meets one of these ...


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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 handed here on RPG.SE but I also understand that on RPG.SE you're more likely to encounter very low quality questions and answers due to the nature of this ...


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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: Action Moderators Community¹ --------------------------------------- ---------- --------- Users suspended² ...


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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 questions, then we won't get new users. Only protect questions when they have "gone wrong." Usually that's some lurid question that is bringing in loads of crap ...


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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 using bullets. In fact, this question's specificity almost guarantees that the question hasn't been asked before nor will it ever be asked again. And although ...


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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 mention it at all here), and the blame lies 100% with the OP? Or, for that matter, with the DM? – TylerH 2 hours ago This isn't actually requesting the author ...


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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 an answer (should be a comment, doesn't answer the question, etc.) should be deleted. Answers that are wrong or that dispense poor advice should be downvoted, ...


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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 questions/day, 711k visits/day => 9 moderators English Language Learners: 56 questions/day, 141k visits/day => 5 moderators Database Administrators: 36 questions/...


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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 quality, as they were here. First: Beast Companions The first was downvoted, with near certainty, because it failed the "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective" test. ...


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It's closed purely on a semantics. The "querent" (ugh that word) didn't put his question into precisely the right form, so it gets closed. The questions is clear, clearly answerable (and indeed answered), so why should it be closed? It’s closed as primarily opinion based. The comments explain this. It looks like a discussion starter to me and we avoid those....


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Not a huge amount has actually happened beyond the weird comments you flagged. There was not a huge explosion you missed. But there's current weirdness, and the topic may get controversial, so it looks like a case of applying a version of the controversial post notice. Basically we see more trouble potentially brewing. That's not on you though or the ...


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