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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

I've hammered a lot of questions, so you may be surprised to hear me say that moderators should use the mod hammer sparingly. I've also not hammered many more questions that I thought should be closed,...
21 votes

Why is HopelessN00b stalking me?

I wouldn't take it personally. I have it on good authority that the guy's just a prick. But, he's a prick who's going through a massive tag cleanup effort at the moment, so he probably bumped into a ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

Also a quote from the election page: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/05/a-theory-of-moderation/ The ideal moderator does as little as possible. But those little actions may be powerful and ...
14 votes

Mod hammering - to do or not to do

As a candidate, I think I should clarify my position on this. Mod-hammering is sometimes appropriate. I'd even go so far as to say that it is often appropriate. There are a lot of very clear and ...
14 votes
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Overzealous Moderation - Thread wrongly put on hold

One very important requirement for questions on ServerFault: You need to be administrator on the system in question, in order to be able to fully follow possible answers. That rules you out, at least ...
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14 votes

Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

"Do not do it again" is an order (an imperative statement), not a threat. A threat would be "If you do it again, I'll come to your house with a cream pie and throw it into your face while shouting, '...
13 votes

Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

I don't see any outright insults here on the part of naktinis, at least as far as I would be insulted, but your comment was also completely unnecessary and outright wrong in the situation. To ...
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How to deal with people that don't accept your reasoning?

You flag it or post in meta. It's not locked, to allow answers, but I put a comment warning about the edit war on it. Flag, or notify me (@HopelessN00b) if there are any more problems.
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ServerFault - Direction and Future - Professional Questions

Do you really think that Is RHCA good? is a good question that will actually have value for people. The problem I see with most career questions is that ~95% of them are crap like the one you ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

I do realise that moderation styles differ between sites, but I tend to consider closing clearly off topic questions to be a moderator task of sorts (though it still feels odd for me to do it). A ...
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On hold for a valid question conforming to guidelines

...but they can edit their responses... Unlike for questions and answers, comments only have a have very limited window (only 5 minutes) when edits are allowed. After that the only remaining "edit" ...
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9 votes

On hold for a valid question conforming to guidelines

You are knowingly misrepresenting the situation. The original question and the first edits didn't form a suitable question for ServerFault and it was closed for this reason. This has been explained to ...
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Is a question about configuring a server admin panel off topic?

The wording here is a little ambiguous. I understand why end use of panel software would be out of scope. However, configuring these panels does require sysadmin knowledge, and would otherwise be in ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

I have to echo something a couple of the other moderators have said: I VTCed a lot more things than I hammer now. That's because a VTC is a one-in-five vote of no-confidence where a hammer is a ...
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7 votes

Moderation Review Request - Apache Question

For what it's worth, I'd already voted to close it as off-topic, and although two respected moderators have said otherwise, I secretly continue to think it's off-topic, pretty much for the reasons you ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

My reasons were thus: It's a home environment. Even if it is supported by VMware, the configuration you propose is not something that any sane sysadmin would ever implement. If you want to lab out ...
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post put on hold, no feedback, edited it several times, made comments but no reply from mods for days, now closed im blocked from new questions

Closing a question (same thing as putting it on hold) has nothing to do with being encouraging or not. It's a way to pause activity on a question while issues with it are being resolved. Your ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

You can rent a server from OVH (others too probably) for about 100USD per month, they list ESXi as a virtualisation environment they have available for preinstallation. The setup above is much closer ...
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Moderation Review Request - Apache Question

Questions about web server configuration are very on-topic here. I agree with the declination of your migration flag.
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5 votes
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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

I would like to throw in my 2 cents here (I am sorry), as I get the feeling that people are talking past the posed question(s). Talking past the question for a moment: Let me pre-face it quickly by ...
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ServerFault - Direction and Future - Professional Questions

The scope of SF topicality has changed since it was opened. Learning material recommendations have been off-topic since before I even became an active member of the site. Highly voted Q&A's from ...
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clarification on off-topic "management interfaces"

This probably should be made more explicit in the FAQ and on-topic page and all that, yes. Of course, the problem with that, or reason it hasn't been done already, is because it's a fair bit of ...
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Why was my post closed by a moderator?

Everyone makes mistakes, myself included. This does indeed appear to be a business printer, and so I've reopened the question (and removed an inappropriate tag). You may still want to improve the ...
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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

Was the comment insulting? No. There was nothing there that was objectively insulting. In my opinion, a reasonable person should not be insulted, and the comment shouldn't be removed on grounds ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

Just chipping in my .02 cents from the peanut gallery... First, there is an entire class of questions that are being pounded/closed out of existence instead of close-to-move. More often than not, ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

IMHO Typically what is genuinely off-topic is glaringly obvious. Whether the "common" users or moderators move to close those questions is a question of who gets there first. Typically nobody ...
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1 vote

Mod hammering - to do or not to do

Moderators should be here to handle issues that users can't handle themselves. Well, important question you haven't addressed - are the users able to handle the deluge of shit themselves? With the ...
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1 vote

ServerFault - Direction and Future - Professional Questions

Perhaps instead of looking to increase the scope of ServerFault, we should change the way we handle related questions. Take for example career paths, currently if you ask a question about it on ...
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ServerFault - Direction and Future - Professional Questions

The kind of business question I see as on-topic has to do with making technology and business work together. Say, for instance, "How can I convince my management that our broken implementation of X ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

A quote from the election page Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior and leaders within the ...
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