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2023 Moderator Election candidates: What's your approach to moderation in the face of community disagreement? Will you prioritize community consensus?

(This post is for the candidates who are running for the 2023 Web Applications SE Community Moderator Election.) As you may already know, there have been a number of recent meta posts on Web Apps SE ...
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Do moderators care about the community consensus?

Dozens of questions were unilaterally closed for lack of research by one moderator. However, the community consensus is that lack of research shouldn't be ground for closure or that least, it hasn't ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Why did a mod threaten me with a suspension for "continually pinging a mod" whereas I was simply replying comments they made on one of my questions?

On this question, a moderator wrote (emphasis mine): On the main site, comments should not be used to have extended discussions. Please use the Stack Exchange features properly. Also, refrain from ...
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Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange Moderators Strike

2023-08-07: Moderation strike: Conclusion and the way forward Note: I'm back to regular activity. 2023-08-02: Moderation strike: Results of negotiations Notes: A recurrent question about the above ...
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2023 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Web Applications Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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Web Applications "elevator pitch" (site description ) in Tour

Because participation here is very low, I have jumped directly to edit the "elevator pitch" (site description) depicted in the Web Applications Tour instead of making feature-request as this ...
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Why are my comments linking to a Meta post about the question where I commented getting deleted after just a few hours? [duplicate]

I noticed that the two questions: Populate a Google slide automatically via Google spreadsheet How can I export a single event as an ICS file from Google Calender? got closed. I posted a Meta ...
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Why are questions being closed seemingly because they don't show research, even though it hasn't been decided yet if showing research is a requirement

I see a fair amount of questions being closed seemingly because they don't show any research. Examples: Populate a Google slide automatically via Google spreadsheet How can I export a single event as ...
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Why did I receive a suspension for some action I had done and discussed with a mod over 1 year before the suspension?

I received a 30-day suspension. I was confused by the reason, so I asked on Meta and was told by a mod that the reason was: You should refrain from reposting questions that have been deleted for ...
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When do moderators plan to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?

On Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?, I was told by a moderator to be patient. However I have already ...
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A better name for this community, part 1

Request to non-members If you are not registered or have the minimal reputation required to post an answer, please consider joining The Bright Tree Village, a LinkedIn group I created on May 17, 2023. ...
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Should questions asking about the existence of a feature on a website that turns out not to exist be systemically closed or left open?

I asked https://webapps.stackexchange.com/q/170373/18147. The answer seems to be no, it's not possible. One moderator closed the question with the reason: I closed this question because it's a ...
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What questions about the web user interface of a cloud computing service are off-topic and what questions are on-topic?

I looked at questions about the web user interface of a cloud computing service such as amazon-web-services, azure and google-cloud-platform, but I couldn't infer a consistent closing policy. What ...
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As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Should questions asking about the existence of an undocumented feature on a website be systemically closed or left open?

One moderator closed How can I upload a file to a specific folder when adding files to an existing archive in the Wayback Machine via the web interface? with the reason: If the feature is not ...
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Should Google Sheets formula questions be asked here or in stackoverflow?

There's quite the overlap. What would be the difference between the two?
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Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?

I don't understand why the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE. What I have tried so far: I posted Is showing research ...
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As of today, May 2023, who do we understand that is our intended audience and what is the first that we tell them about how to participate?

Preface Please forget about what I said in Let's make "research efforts" more specific: request to search the web app help, and let's start from scratch. In this post, I'm trying to ...
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards?

Recently, dozens (!) of old questions have been unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or clarity”. (Some ...
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Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE? [duplicate]

I wonder the following: Is showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps SE? Requirement means that if the OP doesn't show research, then the question must be closed. Note: I ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why did I receive a 30-day suspension because of a few questions closed by a new policy ("show research") introduced after the questions were posted? [closed]

On March 10, 2023, I received a 30-day suspension due to, according to one moderator, low-quality questions. I am puzzled because: I had only 2 questions over the 30 days prior to the suspension, as ...
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Who are the current active moderators of WebApps in April 2023?

There seems to be only one active moderator in WebApps Stack Exchange. I wanted to ask to check that this is the case. This link reveals that there are three users with moderator priveleges: https://...
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What shall I add in this question on Slack to have it reopened?

The question How can I view the channels that I have been added to recently on Slack? was closed because it doesn't show research. It is now deleted due to Roomba. What should I say in the question to ...
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Why I closed Multi-message anti-SPAM filter in Gmail as duplicate

Few moments ago I closed Multi-message anti-SPAM filter in Gmail as duplicate of How to stop SPAM in my GMail account? While nobody have commented about this as I might not able to reply later I will ...
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Do the moderators plan to close most questions on this site?

A mod has decided that showing research in a question is now a requirement. The requirement is retroactive. However most questions on this site do not show research. Do the moderators plan to close ...
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Is it compulsory to mention "I have no affiliation" if one has no affiliations with a product/service/app/etc. one recommends? [duplicate]

https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/169928/18147 (mirror) got deleted as spam because the author didn't mention "I have no affiliation": You should disclose your affiliation and describe ...
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Should we allow questions about (Google) Recorder?

Few days ago google-recorder was created. This tag doesn't include a tag wiki. The question's original revision that created doesn't include enough detail to make it clear that the question is about a ...
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This question is extremly clear and detailed, but closed. How can it be made clearer?

This question of mine was closed: Can I add audio to recorder.google.com? (screenshot) It was closed for this reason: Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting ...
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What part of the question "Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window?" needs details or clarity?

I noticed this question from November 2018: Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window? which received a lot of positive feedback (+31 votes, 52k views), was unilaterally closed by a moderator on ...
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I’ve been wrongly accused of spamming, and my answer has been deleted and marked as spam, costing me 100 rep

I answered this on-topic and clear question on Mar. 25, 2023: Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window? However, a mod unilaterally marked my answer as spam, which resulted in its deletion, and ...
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Should questions be closed if there might be an answer somewhere else on the web?

Let's say I have question. Because I am a noob, I don't know the answer to the question already. I want to be a good citizen, and avoid getting my question closed, so I follow the "How to ask&...
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Request to reopen my Facebook question that I believe was wrongly marked as duplicate of a question closed as "needs details or clarity"

In November 2011, I asked "How do I let my Facebook friends view my Timeline posts without letting them comment on the posts?" I made sure to make my question clear, straightforward, and on-...
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Do we want the embedded videos feature enabled on Web Applications?

NOTICE: As of April 28, 2023, this post has more than 30 days as featured. The bot that remove old featured meta post from the Community Bulletin runs weekly so it's very likely that this post will ...
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Guides to ask a [google-sheets] question

You might have being pointed here to help you to understand the workings of Web Applications Stack Exchange, the main site of this community, specifically in the context of asking questions about ...
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Can I work out my question to reopen it?

The close reason given to my just closed question is... let's say not quite entirely correct. Wikipedia mobile app is an open source. Someone with enough knowledge (I don't have it!) could ...
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Please, reopen my question or give me a good reason on why it was closed

Can someone tell me who marked my question as off-topic, closed it and why? I just want to say that the closure given reason is a complete misunderstanding. I am asking about a out-of-the-box feature ...
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How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question?

A mod has decided, against the community, that showing research in a question is now a requirement. How are we supposed to show one's research when posting a question? Example: How can I view the ...
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Making most viewed questions friendlier for non tech savvy users

Tl;Dr: Lets make the most viewed questions friendlier for non tech savvy user. We have several questions getting a lot views, few of them have a high number of votes, but most of them barely have ...
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Troubleshooting questions are currently off-topic in this community; should we keep it that way?

A recent question that was migrated from this community to Super User caused a bit of confusion on Super User. The reason is because, as our moderator Rubén politely explained, "Troubleshooting ...
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Why did my self-answered question about google searches for terms that start with dashes get deleted by a mod?

I just discovered that a self answered question I wrote got deleted by a mod. The question I am referring to is: Why don't I find any expected results when google-searching with search terms that ...
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Let's make "research efforts" more specific: request to search the web app help

Please see As of today, April 2023, what do we understad that it's our intended audience and what is the first that we tell them about how to participate? Overview Please bear with me. This post ...
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Kind reminder, voting is Important!

Voting is important Web Applications SE as well all the other Stack Exchange sites are run by the community. After posting questions and answers one of the most importants actions that users can do to ...
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What part of the question "How do I schedule a comment on Reddit?" needs details or clarity?

This Sept. 2022 question was closed unilaterally by a mod on 2023-01-26 as “needs details or clarity”: How do I schedule a comment on Reddit? — no comments were left to explain what details or clarity ...
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Decline of [gmail] and [facebook]: should we worry about this?

I have being asking myself from a long time how healthy is Web Applications. IMHO it's obvious that the participation in Web Applications have declined over the years as many of the former assiduos ...
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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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Should GPT / ChatGPT generated answers be banned?

Today, several answers were flagged for mod attention on Web Applications SE as being generated by GPT / ChatGPT. Due to the date that these posts were posted, it's fair to assume that they were ...
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What kind of questions about Google Drive can I ask on StackExchange?

It looks like I asked one question on 3rd January 2023, and the question. And then, I have tried editing my question and none of my edits worked. I feel that I have to ask some Web Apps question about ...
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Rename [google-data-studio] to [looker-studio]

google-data-studio and google-data-studio-charts should be renamed (and then be recreated as synonymous) to looker-studio and looker-studio-charts, since 3 months ago it changed its name.
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Why answer sorting is off on this question

Question: Google Sheets execute script only in certain range on certain sheet It opens with sorted by "Highest score (default)": but, answers are not arranged by highest score, see ...
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