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Note: Since the response is mostly (but not entirely) positive to this proposal, I'm accepting the answer: I'll be using this policy, erring on the side of not deleting anything of significant value. (See the full answer for discussion of which kinds of situations likely merit deletion.) What do we do? This is a real issue (see the second section), so mods ...


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I won't comment further on negative communication because that has already been discussed at length in other answers. However, since the question specifically mentions downvotes, I think it is important to clear the air here. Voting statistics are public. Anyone can see them by just viewing a user's profile. The current statics for our moderators are: ...


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If a moderator is treating you unfairly or abusing his powers, this is a serious thing. Luckily, there are actions you can take to stop that. First, it is important to know what is considered unacceptable behaviour. A moderator downvoting some of your posts and/or leaving a critical comment is not abuse of moderator powers. Doing both is a right of every ...


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In the comment above, I said that I sincerely don't know what you're talking about. I mean that, and I actually (cursorily) looked for it after reading your question. I can see questions and answers that have been deleted, but not comments. Also, as I said above, I am here a lot. I say that because there is a certain relevance between that and what I hope I ...


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Note: the links in these use the $SITENAME$ url placeholder, so the links don't actually work here, but if you put the same thing into AutoReviewComments it'll work fine. [A] Question as answer We'd love to have your question, but you've posted it as an answer instead and it needs to be in the right place - you can post it as a question instead (there's ...


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For the record, I've been downvoted, chided and edited many times, and whether I thought it was warranted or not, I checked into the responses and found that in some way, my posts didn't adhere to what the Cooking SE requires. I think the key here is, "Don't take it personally." A post that doesn't fit the site doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong. It just ...


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What seems to work well on EL&U site is that usually another member suggests that a commenter make their remark an answer. There is a good amount of community-based coaching on that site and I rarely see a rush to clean up the comments, though it gets done eventually. The opportunity for the community to see the comment trail in its entirety for a day ...


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This flag is network-wide, and its problems are well known. The real purpose of the flag is to delete gibberish. It is supposed to mean "your attempt at communication is of so low quality, I can't even start to understand you". It can include posts in languages other than English, posts consisting of banging on the keyboard, posts of grammatically correct ...


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First, the general answer. If we have a problem with hostility here, that's a really serious problem, and I want to hear from others about it - don't just treat my answer as authoritative. But from what I can see, I think things are going pretty well. I do not think cooking is overly negative. I think people do downvote (which is desired, the arrows go both ...


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I admit that I'm one of the offenders of this behavior. And typically I do it in one of two cases: I don't have time to post a longer, more complete answer. (in the hopes that someone else will build on it, and flesh it out with explanation, and then they'll get the reputation) I don't have proven experience, and the answer is conjecture. I know that a ...


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To answer the first part of the question: If you disagree with a closure, first follow the procedure described in our help. If you think it’s necessary you can post on Seasoned Advice Meta, explaining why you disagree. In both cases, you then leave it to the community. So let me be the first answer to explain why I fully agree with the closure - which ...


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As another one who sometimes (more by instinct than by bad intent) does that: Sometimes you have a tentative answer, eg something that could save the day but which also could be a technique that is unreliable or has room for improvement (because you might not know yourself), that you want others reading the question thread to consider and chime in on without ...


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Historically, what you call "basic customer support" questions have not been a problem on this site. There just aren't that many of them -- particularly compared with the number of "I left this meat out on the counter for 3 years, is it bad" type questions. Additionally, with cooking equipment, it can be difficult to determine what's a "basic customer ...


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I'm under the impression that any and all edits for spelling, format, and style are accepted and encouraged (with the exception of swapping between acceptable UK-US variants). You're likely seeing some combination of people hunting for their editing badges or just being a little particular. related: https://cooking.meta.stackexchange.com/a/618/17063


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