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Reference: templates for common comments

The purpose of this post is to aggregate several templates for comments useful for the daily moderating of the CS site, e.g., informing the user (usually, new user) when their question is off-topic / ...
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A guide to moderating Computer Science Stack Exchange yourself — editing

Editing posts is a basic feature of Stack Exchange: everybody can edit everything (edits may be audited if you have low reputation). Since our site lives and dies with the amount and ratio of useful, ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Please enable migration path to SO

As per community consensus we would like to have a migration path to Stack Overflow. Statistics shows that it would be used fairly often, and that the moderators (who currently have to perform all ...
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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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Moderator Pro-Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Deleted "Valid" Answer

While doing review work I came across this question, which has attached to it an answer deleted by "Community" (and as it's deleted by a mod, I can't vote to undelete). It's not clear to me why it ...
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Should moderators remove relevant comments on meta which are not creating any problems just because they please?

One of the main purposes of meta is to have discussion. The rules about comments not being for discussion do not apply to meta as you can see by visiting e.g. MSO. However some of our moderators feel ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Deleting questions with upvoted answers

Gilles has deleted a closed questions with +20 total vote and answers with similarly number of upvotes. I suggest the following polciy: Moderators should not unilaterally delete closed questions: ...
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Is it normal for questions to be closed by moderators in private beta?

I've just noticed that this question and this question were closed by @Rebecca Chernoff. It seems both question already had close votes, which is why I think they ended up getting closed. My guess is ...
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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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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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Insufficient nominees for moderator election: What happens next?

Stack Exchange’s position is that every site has a team of moderators to operate in our network. Currently, this community is being moderated by D.W., Discrete Lizard, and Raphael, who have been doing ...
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Moderator Election

In the "featured on meta" on the site I find a reference to the question "What would you like to change about the moderator election process?". In the recent past we had a ...
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Am I closing too many questions?

Looking at the 2022 year in moderation report, I noticed that it lists moderators as closing many more questions than community users. So, I wanted to solicit feedback. Do you see me as closing too ...
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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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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I do not enjoy particularly reviewing work, and do not find that SE always makes it too easy to do. But I do try to contribute, and I try to do it well, which means in no way that I consider my ...
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Should we bring back the "not a real question" closing reason?

After my recent discussion starter (Towards a policy for hint-only answers) and some chat conversations, I think that the biggest problem we have with questions now is if they don't contain a (real) ...
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Is it possible to block reputation increments

Is it possible to block a user's reputation increase when he is upvoted, or on any other event? On what basis could it be done and by whom? I searched info on this without success. I understand from ...
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Why was my revision rejected when I directly addressed the moderator comment?

I don't see how this answers the question. The question is, how can a string represent a C++ program? I don't see that this answers that question. It does not describe a way that a string can ...
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Why was following verbatim answer deleted when it is correct and directly applies to the original question?

Is the halting problem theorem really proven The following is the verbatim original answer and nothing more. It directly executes the verbatim code of the original question and answers this original ...
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