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How to deal with spam

There is only one correct way of dealing with spam on SE, and that is to flag the post as spam, and only that (in particular, do not downvote it): Flagging a post in this manner doesn’t necessarily ...
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

I am the moderator that declined that flag. I misread "it's far beyond your capabilities" as "it's far beyond our capabilities", and I interpreted it as "it's something beyond ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

What do you love about the moderator job on Unix & Linux? I actually enjoy cleaning up. I have no idea why, and anyone who has ever lived with me would be very quick to tell you this isn't a ...
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How to deal with solutions edited into the question itself?

Yes, what you describe (comment asking the OP to post an answer and post one yourself if they don't) is the best thing to do. No, mods cannot post under another user's name, so there's no point in ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

What do you love about the moderator job on Unix & Linux? I find it quite enjoyable being a moderator. The other 2 mods are fantastic people and I only wish I could know them in the real world ...
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

To answer the stated question, no, personal attacks are never justified. Specifically on Stack Exchange, they are explicitly forbidden by the Code of Conduct: No name-calling or personal attacks. ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

What do you love about the moderator job on Unix & Linux? For me it's mostly about being able to fix things. Most reputation-based privileges on Stack Exchange are about unlocking the ability to ...
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How does flagging answers work?

The following are some guidelines for flagging on Unix & Linux. I have basically copied these verbatim from a post I had written for Ask Ubuntu's Meta when I was a mod there, but the same guidance ...
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Find why a question was removed

This is a well known troll user who's been plaguing the SE network for years. He has been declared no longer welcome across the entire network. As a result, we (mods) delete his accounts whenever we ...
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2019: a year in moderation

Here are the numbers for this year (with Shog9's very slight late adjustments not taken into account), compared to the numbers for last year (because why not?). The last two columns are the ...
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Top answers downvoted at the same time. Someone with an axe to grind?

This was fixed within 24 hours. There is an automated script to detect this kind of abuse and revert the actions of serial voter accounts such as this one. No moderator intervention is needed, unless ...
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Can I nominate other people?

The current moderators are listed at https://unix.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators and they were elected during the previous election (see https://unix.stackexchange.com/election/1). As you see ...
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Should one redact PII from spam?

No, as it is not personally identifying information: it is just part of the scam. Flag it for deletion.
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

When somebody is not nice, invites others to not be nice too. Then the comment sections can be a battlefield of insults and personal attacks. Answers with personal references. Editing wars. Flags ...
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

I do not think that I should even enunciate the answer to your question. In any professional community, the answer may obviously only be negative. On the other extreme, if Unix.SE were a gang with ...
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

No. I think, is disgusting in this form. But it happens quite often on some other sites, that arguments are falsely labeled as personal attack. This is a way to attack people for their unpleasant, but ...
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