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I was involved in an edit war at EE.SE earlier this year, over this answer. The following meta discussion is here. Based on this experience, IMO if a particular edit is rolled back once by the OP, no further edits in that vein should be made, ever, except by the OP him/herself (or by someone who has their unambiguous blessing). The spurned editor then has ...


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For statistics: you can count me in.


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Put my name in the goblet of fire.


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I thought long and hard whether or not I should comment, but because the post reads like that the moderating team enforced this edit war, which is simply not true, I think it is necessary to clear up a few things. First and foremost I agree that this kind of disagreement over the state of a post should be avoided at all costs as it transports the wrong ...


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This was actually something we (the moderators) looked at a few months ago. Suffice it to say that we've tried everything that is reasonable to contact this guy, short of sending him a Howler by owl post. My personal opinion is that ~80% of his posts are salvageable. If you are not willing to put in the effort (and I don't mean that in a negative way - it ...


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Circumventing pay-walls is illegal. As much as I'm for open and transparent science accessible for everyone, I think our policy should be to not allow this. There are, depending on the journal, legal ways to publish preprints, etc., where it is okay to link to these. As always, the answer should include a human readable citation, so that you can look up ...


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Pardon the NAA answer, but here are some random thoughts on moderating (as was requested by andselisk in the comments): There is generally quite little 'active' moderating that we do, so I would not say it is a huge time commitment. A common saying on SE is that moderating a site is mostly "janitorial work". This is definitely true on Chemistry; we get much ...


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Count me in.


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I would be willing to run. $\strut$


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I would be willing to run in the moderator election. I have been wanting to be a moderator for a while.


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I think if moderators want to take this on, great! If it leads to higher-quality (and fewer down-voted) questions on the front page of the site, that would be worthwhile. What would you do if there is already an answer, or if there is already a back-and-forth between the OP and other users, though? To me, that sometimes indicates that there is a willingness ...


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I am certainly interested. Count me in.


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Did someone (a mod, I guess?) delete one of my comments for no apparent reason? Yes, but no. The comment was deleted by a moderator, but not for no apparent reason. It was flagged and there was no good reason to keep it. Your other comment was also flagged, but this was declined as it contains a suggestion to improve the post. As Jan pointed out, comments ...


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Leaving the tone of the question aside there is a series of misconceptions or misinformation that I wish to point out. As a moderator, one might think that I am biased, but I will let the community judge what I write. Here's a quick recap [...] A moderator deleted the second phrasing of the question. (1) I was the first editor of the question. At the ...


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Hey it's no fair that two mods wrote an answer to this question but no mortal user did so I decided to answer and what I was about to say is that it's hard to deal with such users, if not impossible I won't cheat like Mart and type all the wall of text myself so you format I feel so evil. The worst. part of Li Zhi is sometimes they add punctuation marks to ...


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Unfortunately, no one outside of the organization (not even moderators) knows what the exact criteria are for receiving a question ban. There are a number of factors that are likely (voting, question closure, deletions, etc.), but it's anyone's guess. The ban can only be lifted by the system. The question you linked to was not the last one you asked. ...


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Instead of making this about Li Zhi, how about we adapt a meta-policy. If anyone posts an answer that is a wall of text then we down vote [once] and add a comment Didn't read. This wall of text is impossible to comprehend. Please use better formatting. Then other users can upvote the comment rather than bang the answer. Then just let this go...


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Only mods can delete comments, so it will have been a mod. Understand that as per the SE model, comments are never meant for eternity. They are meant to point out issues in posts or to suggest adding additional information. They are not meant to say thanks or for fun, even though we all are guilty of using comments in such a way. If a comment got flagged ...


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I just get -10 points of reputation flagged user was removed but there is no extra information about this event. That's almost as much as I lost ;) My reputation showed -440! When answers and comments of the user who left us are still here for good reason since they were pretty good, helpful and showed a lot of enthusiasm, why are his votes treated ...


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Users can request deletion (which is what happened here). Users are also forcefully deleted when they have no constructive contributions (spam) or are sockpuppets. The posts are retained, but the votes are usually removed (there is some threshhold for vote retention, forgot what it was). An unregistered account is simply an account that is not tied to any ...


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As a reply to Karsten Theis' answer, What would you do if there is already an answer, or if there is already a back-and-forth between the OP and other users, though? Not many in our community instantly answer such questions. In fact, as a pattern, I haven't seen anyone answer such questions for a while now. If there is a back and forth that means OP has ...


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Such questions then usually get ignored or closed as "unclear", which is not really helpful. Well, nobody said it is. Unfortunately, the truth is you often can't help these people in any way when it's a (new) user that vanishes till the cows come home. They call some of these "unsalvageable" for a reason. If someone manages to come by and understand (not ...


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it seems we're very reluctant to point this out, obviously because it's hard to do so in a polite and helpful manner Maybe we should be less reluctant? If a question is impossible to understand, then there's no problem with simply telling the asker that it's impossible to understand. I undoubtedly didn't do a perfect job, but just now I came across a ...


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One way (but by no means the only way) is to have a post notice. These are not often used, but I think they could accomplish what you're looking for. Here's an example of a post notice. Only moderators can add them to posts, but it's simple enough for a user to flag for mod attention asking for a post notice to be added. Unfortunately, we cannot directly ...


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Please note that I am talking about my own experiences and I do not speak for the moderator team in this instance. Dealing with comments is not much fun. Most of the times the comment flags that come in are obvious and I simply move to delete them. I cannot always check whether they would destroy an argumentative chain or conversation. Comments are not for ...


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