Skip to main content

Questions tagged [moderation]

Questions about how moderation works on Web Applications. About: how to moderate; particular moderation events; moderator pages; abilities; decisions and such like.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
1 answer
186 views

Could mods please undelete and reopen all these questions that were automatically deleted due to incorrect mod closures ("Qs not showing research")?

Closed questions are automatically deleted in ~9 days if they have received no answers and have a score of 0 or less. There are a few more details about this deletion rule, but that's a good ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
222 views

Why did this meta answer get removed by a mod?

On the meta question Question closed for "needs details or clarity" but it's so simple I don't know what more detail to add, all 3 answers supporting the OP were deleted by a mod. ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
284 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 133
6 votes
2 answers
194 views

Why is this question on disabling the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I disable the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros? for reopening, but the flag was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
171 views

Why is this question on importing one's papers to one's ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I import my papers to my ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID? for reopening, but the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
8 votes
0 answers
215 views

Why do mods sometimes decide not to follow the community consensus when deciding to keep questions closed?

For example, in the following meta questions, the community consensus is to reopen the corresponding main site questions: In the meta question Why was my question on how to disable "small caps&...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
7 votes
0 answers
86 views

What information is missing to be able to answer this question asking how one can use a dark background theme for the cells for MS Excel 365 (online)?

I asked How can I use a dark background theme for the cells for Microsoft Excel 365 (online)?. The question was closed by a mod who commented: Please edit the question to include the information ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
190 views

How often / how many times am I allowed to remind mods about some pending questions without getting suspended?

From time to time, I ask a question on meta that would benefit from an answer from the mods, but I don't receive any answer from the mods (example 1, example 2) or I'm being told by the mods in the ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
255 views

Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

I don't understand why How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? is kept closed. I posted a meta question about it a few years ago, and the given reason, from my understanding, was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
161 views

Why is this question on canceling an .ics import in Google Calendar kept closed?

Timelime: I asked Cancel .ics import in Google Calendar a few years ago. It was closed a few months ago (I believed due to lack of research). I flagged it for reopening a few days ago (since it was ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
9 votes
0 answers
601 views

List of questions nominated for reopening because lack of research is not a reason to close a question

Following Cerbrus' suggestion, here is the list of questions that were closed for lack of research. We'd like to ask the mods to reopen these questions given that it was clarified that lack of ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
10 votes
4 answers
444 views

Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

The question, “Is there a way to search in Google using regular expressions (regex)?”, was posted more than 12 years ago. This question has attracted ~149,000 views, received a positive score of 82, ...
galacticninja's user avatar
22 votes
8 answers
2k views

Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

October 30th, 2023 As we are not seeing anything that needs to be debated at this point in time. I am going to accept the answer I proposed to the community. Of course, this policy doesn't need to be ...
SpencerG's user avatar
  • 101
9 votes
1 answer
296 views

Why was our site's 13-year-old, very first question closed by a moderator 4 days ago as "needs details or clarity" without a clear explanation?

Web Applications Stack Exchange's very first question "How do I delete my Facebook account?" was posted more than 13 years ago: I don't trust Facebook's new privacy settings and have ...
galacticninja's user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
355 views

Why is my PowerPoint question still closed even though I added more details?

My question "How can I disable "small caps" in my text in PowerPoint 365 on the web?" (archive.org snapshot) was closed by a mod as "needs details or clarity." In ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
217 views

Why are some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms?

I've recently noticed that some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms. Example 1: Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?": This question (...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
183 views

Why did a mod delete my answer about Google Calendar?

This answer to my question How can I change Google calendar to view all 24 hours for each day in the week view mode, without having to scroll? was deleted by a mod. Currently, it is not possible to ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
336 views

Why was my question on listing all mails in Outlook closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity"?

My question How can I see all mails in the Microsoft Outlook web interface (OWA)? (mirror) was closed by a moderator. I chatted with the moderator regarding the closure and I believe the moderator ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
192 views

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 ...
galacticninja's user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
416 views

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 ...
galacticninja's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
140 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 133
4 votes
3 answers
397 views

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 ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
28 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 133
4 votes
1 answer
51 views

Can someone help me to make my question more focused?

My question has been closed because it is considered not focused. I'd like to know if, for old Gmail accounts, there could be the possibility of name conflicts and I provide some sources and factual ...
antonio's user avatar
  • 533
4 votes
0 answers
64 views

Why was the question “How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign?” closed by 1 mod as “details or clarity”?

1 mod closed the question How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear or which detail ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
103 views

Why was the question “Show email next to name in Gmail?” closed by 1 mod as “details or clarity”?

1 mod closed Show email next to name in Gmail? as "details or clarity". The only comment left by the mod is: Please show what you tried and add a brief description of your search efforts ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
40 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 133
4 votes
0 answers
56 views

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, ...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 101
8 votes
2 answers
105 views

Please remind people that questions and answers must contain the data

Questions and answers often contain links to Google sheets but miss the data in the question. Perfect example for both Q and A*: Splitting the contents of a comma separated cell into new rows Can we ...
user avatar
7 votes
0 answers
91 views

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 ...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 101
5 votes
3 answers
231 views

When should I vote to delete a question on Web Applications?

On Meta Stack Exchange Robert Cartaino's answer to When should I vote to delete a question? gives general guidelines about when we should vote to delete a question. During the 7 years of Web ...
Rubén - Volunteer Moderator -'s user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
38 views

"on hold" 4.5 years after asking the question?

4.5 years, multiple editors touching it and 1400+ views later: MediaWiki editor with paste for graphics? Was closed as off-topic. Isn't this a bit silly?
mgjk's user avatar
  • 101
-2 votes
1 answer
98 views

Wiki text Google Documents altered

I was a bit surprised to see the wiki text of the google-documents tag being altered: See link for full history: https://webapps.stackexchange.com/posts/37832/revisions Especially because @Hydry and ...
Jacob Jan's user avatar
  • 23k
7 votes
1 answer
62 views

What am I looking for when reviewing low-quality marked posts?

Part of me wants to recommend incorrect or too short answers for deletion, but the community should take care of that part the other part of me says. So, when checking low-quality content answers/...
Rebecca Dessonville's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
67 views

Self answering OkCupid posts, on topic? spam?

A new (to Web Apps) user has posted and answered minutes later a couple of questions about the 'OKCupid' dating site. One, two. It could be some sort of advertising, or a super keen user. To be ...
John C's user avatar
  • 9,360
12 votes
3 answers
137 views

How should questions about defunct services be handled?

I was revisiting my reputation history tonight and came across an answer I submitted to a question about Aardvark, a social Q&A service that Google closed down during its "More Wood Behind Fewer ...
dgw's user avatar
  • 798
0 votes
1 answer
117 views

Not constructive, really?

https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/19901/cheaper-alternatives-to-dropbox-for-around-10gb What am I missing? I asked a very specific question: alternatives to dropbox for a specific price ...
Steve Bennett's user avatar