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Yes, I believe a users perspective is important too. Confirmation bias sucks, and adding in other perspectives is a great way to prevent it. To combat non-constructive questions, we do exactly what we do on other StackExchange sites. Flag off topic discussions. If the user is ranting, it's off topic. If the user is asking for advice on how to approach a ...


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I would say that the best way to judge what is appropriate is to look at how much relevant data must be present for an answerer to address your problem. If you're looking at a problem, like, say, "I have one user [A] who has been consistently harassing another user [B] in the community, and [B] has asked me to intervene and get [A] to stop. It seems that ...


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As I said on Monica's question already: I don't think we necessarily have to restrict ourselves to digital communities. Fundamentally, the patterns and required actions are the same. Offline communities offer more options for physical rewards and punishments (and much less anonymity), of course, but the psychology is often similar. I think, overall, a lot ...


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Moderation is not reserved to moderators. Stack Exchange is a prime example of this: even though user contributions retain their authorship, moderation activities such as editing and deleting other people's contributions are not reserved to the handful of users called “moderators”, but can be performed by any sufficiently experienced user. On Stack Exchange, ...


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This question touches on a point of law. However, it does not seek legal advice about a specific situation: it is about general facts regarding the laws surrounding a class of situations. Legal advice about specific situations is problematic and generally needs to be provided on a one-to-one basis within the context of a formal attorney-client relationship, ...


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I think community building works fine. I can't think of anything better.


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Scope: That type of question is indeed on topic here. (We even have a related promotion tag.) From the Tour Page: Ask about: Creating, expanding, and cultivating communities, their content, and the relationships among members Opinion based or not? We have almost all "good subjective questions." A lot of building a community is based on ...


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We engaged a CM back in August when the original topic was created. We were told that name changes are a one time thing and that it was a bit early in the beta to request such a change. Based on that, we'd hoped that the previous topic would come up with either clear indication of what the community wanted or a stepping stone of where we should go next, ...


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Seems like Community Building Stack Exchange is the winner! It'll take a little while to push this change through, because the site's "real" name has a lot of dependencies internally, but I promise it is coming. Edit: aaaaand done! Enjoy!


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No, “this is a request for external resources” is not a good reason to close a question. That's not to say that a request for external resources is automatically on-topic, but the fact that a question can be interpreted as a request for external resources does not automatically make it off-topic. If a problem is best solved by applying an existing tool, so ...


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Moderators.SE is (and in the proposal already was) intended to be about communities. There's a reason the matter of community management was brought up repeatedly. Of course that means mailing lists are on-topic as well - the behavioural patterns and required oversight, are similar. The site does not even need to restrict itself to written or online ...


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I say yes*. It is related to moderation and is something that moderators have to deal with often. However, I do not think we should allow these questions: Questions about what is correct grammar Other questions that are not directly related to moderation or management of a community Other broad/subjective questions For that particular question, it seems ...


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I would suggest just "Community Building" to put more emphasis on the community building aspect. We really mostly want to be concerned about building communities and part of building communities is having effective moderation. The one is dependent on the other. Since compound names can be long and confusing, "Community Building" is enough I think.


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The idea behind this appears to be how to get clear communications from users. To that end, it seems to be related to content curation and user behavior. Both of which are in scope. As originally asked though, it does seem a little broad because "txt speak" is commonly used around the internet (Twitter, anyone?). It is accepted (and often required) there. ...


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I think questions about the history of moderation, including how some terms arose and spread, are on-topic. They should be scoped to communities. For example, "how did 'trolls' arise as a term for malicious users?" would be on-topic here and would not be answered by merely pointing to the first folkloric/mythic use of "troll" in that sense. On the other ...


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I think site specific questions are fine as long as they are only including the site for purposes of understanding the rules and community structure that are relevant to the question being asked. That said, we should be careful to avoid a Stack Exchange bias. A good question about moderation should be applicable to more than just one community, but rather ...


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The first step is to stop discouraging people from posting questions. I am pretty good at writing questions to help boost site traffic. But this is not a comfortable site to write questions to. My first couple of questions when the site was created where closed (and later re-opened). After taking a break I came back to see if the mood had softened. ...


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It seems to be too broad to me. the 3 most commonly used moderator training techniques used Allowing for common sense to define "commonly used", how do we select the 3 most commonly used? There are university courses and degrees and seminars designed to teach leadership and training methods. Each presents a different view for what has worked for their ...


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I would say that they can stay as long as they are used as an example in service to a more general point that applies to community moderation in general, and not just SE. Bad: Mean Mod X deleted my question just because I asked a [totally appropriate and on topic question]. How do I exact vengeance upon him for abusing his powers? Better: I disagree ...


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Why not? This meta question is saying (and rightly so IMO) that we should accept questions on moderator actions from users, so why shouldn't we accept questions from admins and website owners related to moderators? Moderators here can give advice from their personal experiences on how he can proceed to make the experience better for moderators on his website....


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I think that there are different styles of Moderation for different things. Motorcycle Club moderation StackOverflow moderation Cooking.StackExchange moderation Chat Moderation etc. Then you have to take into account all the rules for each of these areas and their sub areas. I am thinking that there should be a tag for StackExchange moderation, this would ...


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As I see it, the site is currently operating under the broad scope of being "for community managers, administrators, and moderators". [1] In addition to that, we also accept questions from a user's point of view. [2] We focus on the community building aspect, not just moderation of such a community, across multiple platforms [3] and try not to focus on the ...


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Governance is already part of our scope; disciplinary-actions and rules-and-policies are numbers 5 and 6 in our tag list at present. It's just that, so far, those questions have been asked mostly about online communities. Physical communities are already part of our scope, and it doesn't look like anybody objected to a question about interpersonal matters ...


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Is the History of Moderation on topic? Yes, I believe, moderation history is on topic here. I want to know where ["Don't Feed the Trolls"] phrase originated. This type of broad question question is more suited for English.SE. However, when posting there you need be explicit with your question: "Where was X first mentioned". You need to show evidence of ...


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Taking a step back, yes questions from the user's perspective are OK (ignore that the linked question mentions moderation: that was before our name change). However, the real question still needs a little attention. Looking at the question, it actually doesn't seem to be focused on getting something out of the content; it seems to be about creating ...


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I agree with Monica's answer, saying this wasn't a technology question. It describes the user's end goal pretty well and doesn't ask for implementation details. My goal is to encourage cross project contribution and usage. I'd like to provide a consistent profile that lets users show and add to their professional experience. [...] this would pull data ...


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I think you have two (or three) separate questions here. Which donating service should I use for my blog? - This is a very broad question that is, basically, asking for a shopping list of possible responses. As phrased, it is off topic. However, I can very easily see a question along these lines being focused and made to be on topic. Donations, advertising, ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, I can see this going either way depending on how the question is presented. To get the "community" aspect in the question, though, I think we need to focus on how the community can interact with the participants. Can the community interact directly during the event? Can the community interact indirectly (ex. provide a ...


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I have a few ideas about the promotion of the site, but I haven't spoken with the other moderators or with a CM to know if they are feasible yet. I'll list them here though to get some feedback. Be warned, these are very early ideas and haven't been vetted by anyone for feasibility. This is just me throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Hopefully ...


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