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Thanks for all your hard work! I've always appreciated your presence and the good work of you and all the other diamond mods of RPG.SE! You've definitely made the stack a better place, and RPG.SE's moderation is one of the reasons it's my favorite site on StackExchange. I hope your in-person games and other "off-screen" activities go well, but ...


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Copied over from the other thread: Thanks, mxyzplk, for serving as a mod! I may never have remembered how to spell your username without looking it up, but I did appreciate the hard work put into the site by you, SevenSidedDie, nitsua60, and doppelgreener (you 4 have been the RPG.SE mods since I joined the site). Half the mod team being changed feels like a ...


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I volunteer to mediate this process. I am putting this in an answer as neither Smurfton nor I are sure how to volunteer, per our comment under the question. I will guess that up votes and down votes will note the support (or lack there of) for me so acting.


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Thankyou for everything you've done! I may not have been around for as long as some others and didn't see you when you were most active, but I firmly believe I have felt your influence on the site. Reading old meta-posts, your high voted posts and your communications with users as a mod, I am constantly impressed at your thoughtfulness and communication. You ...


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Thank you for the greatest of gifts to give: your time We each have a certain amount of time to spend each waking day on all of the things that life puts in front of us. For the last four years, you have (at $0 dollars per billable hour, as it were) given a great deal of your time, effort, wit, wisdom, and judgment. All of this was offered, gratis, for ...


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Thanks y’all! Sorry, I had planned a bit more overlap with the new mods and then to do an announcement, but looks like I’m sans diamond already. I’ve been a mod on RPG.SE for more than 8 years, and have seen the site from beta to present day. It’s been a wild ride at times, and at other times pretty calm as everyone focuses on the point of the site, Q&...


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Thanks, things won't be the same without the prime die The moderation of this site is outstanding and one of the main reasons I choose to participate here. In the short time I've been active on this site I've come to appreciate your mod-ness and sensibilities. Wishing you all the best in your more relaxed participation here and all that you pursue and ...


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You've been a great contributor to the site and a great fellow mod. It's been an honor to work alongside you. Thanks for all the work you've put in, and enjoy your future on and off the site!


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That's a picture of Venger, the force of evil and villain of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon show from the mid-80s. He was voiced by Peter Cullen, a.k.a. Optimus Prime and Eeyore the donkey. Venger has wings and can fly. He rides a horse that does not have wings, yet also can fly. The show is campy and did not age well, but I recommend watching it anyway. ...


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We've read your concerns and we've been discussing how to respond internally. TL;DR: Yeah, the situation was messy, but it was messier than that. We're sorry you weren't fully informed; we didn't see a way to fully inform the community about what was going on. I'll explain below. We don't have plans to expand to a fifth moderator slot currently. The ...


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Edits happen frequently at RPG.SE without the necessity of asking permission or notifying the author. These edits should happen if clarity can be improved. In fact, the edit you're citing wasn't by a moderator (moderators have a diamond next to their username to identify them), just a regular concerned user. All users with edit permissions can engage in this ...


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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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So long, and thanks for all the fish! I'll miss your mentorship! I would not have totally known what I was doing as a mod without being able to look up to you and doppelgreener and learning from your collective knowledge and experiences. I've already thrown enough praise at you in the mod room, so I'll try to avoid being too long-winded here. You were a ...


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Extremely glad that you stepped up, and devastated that you're stepping down I was genuinely pleased—excited, even—when you were elected moderator. Now I'm deeply saddened that your moderation experiences beyond the main site brought you in contact with jerks and led to such sorrow. I can't know what those experiences were like for you, but, if it's any ...


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As a steady user on the site the last few years, I just want to say that I really appreciate everything you've done for and contributed to this site. Even though you may not have been visibly super active during my time, your presence and expertise were still distinctly felt and appreciated. Enjoy your normal userhood and I hope to see you around :)


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No inappropriate moderation activity was conducted on you. I'm sorry that your first experience on the site was confusing. You seem to have run up against several different issues, which have convinced you you're being "picked on by a mod" while in reality it's just a variety of community members and several mods working to curate questions, answers, and ...


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Just to add some information to help you understand what's going on. RPG.SE and the whole Stack Exchange network are a Question and Answer site. We have a decent amount of rules and processes in place to keep it that way. We are NOT a chat room or message board or a subreddit. We are a place where people go to get to information they need to solve ...


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Thankyou Sometimes we need lots of words to express an idea, sometimes we only need one. Thankyou. For everything you've done for the site, for me and for sheepkind everywhere. I can attest that you have lived up to the goal you set yourself. You've been a moderator ever since I joined the site and from the first time I understood what a moderator was I have ...


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We have a help centre topic on what to do when we disagree with a question being put on hold: What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? Basically, the advice it gives can be summarised as “address the concerns brought up by the community, in an effort to change their minds about the hold/closure.” The response to the community'...


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Wool miss you! You (and doppelgreener of course) made me feel instantly at home as a moderator and never shied away from helping and mentoring me and helping to pass on you considerable experience. Your patience, eloquence, intelligence, humility, and humor constantly inspired me to be a better moderator even just from observing them. I will certainly miss ...


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You will have no doppelgänger I only actively participated in this site after you, to use your own words, "burned out", and yet I've still seen you tackle numerous difficult situations with tact and kindness. You have made my experiences on this site markedly better and I'm sure countless others have experienced this as well. Inevitably somebody will take ...


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I can say without equivocation that there is not, and has never been, anyone on this site I more wanted to see with a diamond. You have long been one of the coolest and calmest heads here, and in my estimation provided the greatest leadership this site has ever had. And it seems that, even given all of the great work you did for us (RPG) that made me sad to ...


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I’m not a mod anymore but I can speak to the 2017 election and discussion and the lead-up to the latest election. Stack Exchange generally consults with and defers to the moderator team about how many moderators there should be. It’s more about what the team feels the need for than anything else. The process is pretty much that a CM drops by the mod chat ...


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Thanks for that precious gift you gave to us all: your time. Given that you have a few rooms full of students to mentor, and three of your own to raise, that you were able to fit in some time to help make this little corner of the internet better is deeply appreciated. From where I sat your term as mod appeared to be a labor of love. (Also smart to step ...


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Because they are a mod and understand how the site works. They are trying to teach you how it works, but you're being remarkably resistant to learning. Try listening instead of just insisting that your question is perfect as formed, when you are new to a site and its format. One question per question. This is irrelevant to game system. Don't repost to get ...


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So, I'm not sure if nominating other people is kosher, but I'm pretty sure everyone on this site has a great deal of respect for BESW. If he's willing to help us sort this out, that would be super cool. Not sure we're all agreed it's worth his time though.


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Congrats, and thanks to everyone who ran! Someone_Evil and linksassin, I look forward to having you on the team. Ben, you were a great candidate too - don't be too discouraged by the results, and I hope you run again in future elections. You were all excellent candidates. I'm excited to see what you bring to the moderator team!


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RPG.SE can be daunting to a newcomer especially one with expectations set by forums, Reddit, etc. To address your points in order... The tour and help center by their nature can only give general guidance. It's expected that a new user might read some other questions on the site and learn by example what a good question looks like. It's really the only ...


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Over the course of the revision history of your question (deleted, so 10k+ users and author only), there were five related but different questions asked. These were being mixed together, so that no author-approved revision contained fewer than two of them, until the last revision. Unfortunately, that one final question was, even by itself, too broad by this ...


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