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Do we get official warnings before being banned?

I see https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/users/8157/dhamma-dhatu is banned. Were they warned "you will be banned if you do this again" or is it impromptu?
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Deleting bumped topics

Topics may be "bumped" to the top of the Active view. What can cause a question to be bumped? The Community user will bump non-negatively scored, open questions every hour that have at ...
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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 ...
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What are your suggestions and vision for moderation in 2024? And opportunity to moderate BSE

Happy New Year to users of Buddhism Stack Exchange! In this New Year, the moderators of Buddhism SE would like to get your feedback on: Suggestions for improvement: What would you change on Buddhism ...
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Should we scale the severity of an infraction by the experience/reputation of the user?

Generally speaking in most societies we don't scale the severity of punishment for violating the law with the experience/status/importance/reputation of the person committing the law breaking. In ...
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Dealing with a serial abuser and serial harassment

Over the course of many years @dhamma-dhatu has engaged and continues to engage in serial abuse of this sites rules. His behavior has been brought up time and time again by many different people and ...
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moderator intervention notifications

Is it possible to get notification when moderators delete content - comments, questions, answers, etc - of content providers? I don't necessarily mind my content being deleted if it's not meeting the ...
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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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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 ...
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Importance of boundaries for community building

A community needs experts to thrive, these are few and far in between. Occasionally i see new users who seem to know a lot and are experts or knowledgeable contributors. Then i see some rude person ...
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I think the community should use the Theravada/Mahayana tag more if they don't want fringe answers

Basically, as the title says. I think people should be made aware that if they don't tag their questions then they expose themselves to particularly controversial answers.
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What does a reputation deduction with the description “User was removed” mean?

I noticed this in my account this morning, and I would like to know what it means.
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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 ...
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How should we use the "very low quality" and "not an answer" flags on this site?

Two of the predefined flags, which you can raise against an answer, are as follows: What do they mean, when should users use them, and how or when should moderators react to them?
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Various questions and comments

The user called "M H" posted the following comments under this topic. I deleted them from there (where they were not on-topic) and moved them here (where it's easier to answer them if you ...
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Don't ask unless Moderators don't feel disturbed a Mohayana rule?

Moderator Andrei Vollkov wrote: Users are advised to limit their asking activity to one question a day to avoid flooding the home page with their content. Aside of the circumstance that Volkov is ...
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How and when to flag an answer?

You can "flag" an answer for moderator intervention. What are the flags, and which flag should I use?
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Is Buddhism.SE meant for theoretical/scriptural purpose only, and not for real-life practice?

I ask because I'm surprised, in fact disappointed, that this question was closed: How do I deal with idle chatter/people that talk a lot? (I've retitled it as "How can I talk to my mother (who ...
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Can you make BuddhismSE more welcoming to it's users and solve moderation problems?

I have noticed that it is probably very difficult for many new users to start contributing and gain privileges. I see that new users who aren't posting amazing content get little to no sympathy ...
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Is there a good way to criticise contemporary teachers?

What's a good way -- is there a good way -- to criticise living teachers, translators, essayists, authors? Users -- it's policy that users shouldn't and needn't criticise the views of other users of ...
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Suspending a 'disruptive' user -- is current policy too forgiving and permissive?

I've been asked to explain my policy for suspending user accounts. The thought is that perhaps the policy is too forgiving and should be more severe: and so I'm posting it here for discussion and for ...
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Should there be an explicit policy against "Magical thinking" questions?

Do we need a stricter formal policy against magical-thinking types of questions? Someone posted the following -- in reply to the question, Can the energy generated through meditation neutralize the ...
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Site-specific post notice -- "this answer is unrelated to buddhism"

The software would support our having a "site-specific post notice". A "post-notice" is something which looks like this: The current posts which have a notice, on the main site, are listed here. A ...
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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, ...
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You are posting too many questions. Please slow down!

Householder Andrei, those who feel in charge or wishing to assist, those who wish not to burden for no long term benefits, "You are posting too many questions. Please slow down.", was said by ...
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Evaluations by elders

Especially toward the moderator team As an encouragement, for you communities welfare. It would be good if you invite Elders as your evaluators, helpng and supervising the young and not so informed ...
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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 ...
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Should the site accept non-constructive criticism of individuals or their works?

Is it useful to remove non-constructive criticism of individuals or their works? Consider someone asks a good question and another responds, but in the course of the response includes non-...
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Can you keep "you" out of hostile comments?

Here's a transcript of comments under this answer: This answer make sutta conflict themselves although the sutta never conflict in this case. If you use "sakko kāyo sakkāyo" in [Sakkāyasutta][6],...
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What are comments underneath answers for?

This is to try to explain why some comments (posted underneath answers) are permitted, while others are not; and why some "discussions" or "debates" are permitted, and others are not.
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Why is the site moderated?

Further to this comment: chandāgati? bhayāgati? lophāgati? mohāgati? sugatigamanam? ... read in context, I think Samana Johann is asking why the site is moderated: chandāgati (love or desire, ...
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Why do answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear (and sometimes reappear)?

It might be regardable as meta-question, but just not finding any access to this area here: It happens that answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear, mostly at the same time of the day and ...
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Aren't unfounded attacks on Buddhism unacceptable here?

In civilized discussions, if you disagree, you should provide counter-arguments, not offenses. For example, when Dhammadhatu called Pratityasamutpada explanation "materialistic error" (https://...
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Are these comments inappropriate debate or reasonable questions?

I'm new here, and hoping to better understand the cultural and participation norms. In short order, I've managed to make comments that were declared by an experienced user as "debate" inappropriate ...
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Stepping down from the Moderator position

Hello noble community, It is with great respect and deep appreciation, that I would like to request a dismissal from this position of Moderator of Buddhism Q&A. It was a big privilege and ...
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Respectful inter-school dialogue

I flagged the answer by Dhammadhatu to the linked question because it contains the phrase "later day corruptions". However, the answer and the offending phrase remain. Is there any proof of Karma ...
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Why censor when we can filter to our liking?

Why not let the user decide if they want a question or answer that the admins censor to be seen or not with content filtering? As it is it is just certain people who apparently decide for everyone. ...
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Assuming that discussions are not from interest - practical and Buddhas response [meta]

Valued Bu-SE team and members, Recently Atma again came accross this assuming: I assume that people in the future (e.g. a year from now), who may read these Q+A pages, will not be interested in ...
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Moderators Promoting One's Own Ego / Agenda than the Benefit of the Site at Large

Moderator ChirsW is exhibiting following behaviors which might be detrimental to the site: Always has my way or no other way attitude (Most content on Meta is evident of this) Pays little attention ...
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Should moderators refrain from closing any questions?

Perhaps it would be agreeable to give questions something of a grace period after they are asked, to see what sort of response they garner. So for instance, no moderation intervention, except in ...
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Whats the different between censorship and moderation? How can one prevent to fall into this trap?

Moderating is a very common and popular word coming from making things moderate, humble. Yet moderating in action is mostly the opposite and often does not dear to act very unwholesome. If we look at ...
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How could one contact a moderator?

Is there a way? If using the flag (Atma assumes that such would reach one) possibility it seems that it would cause somebody to lose some of his/her reputation. Is there a link a chat or what ever? ...
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Not everyone has English as their first language. Thanks to the moderators (but who are they?)

Very useful (and time consuming) site! English is not my native tongue, and I guess I'm not the only one. I think that sometimes it can be more difficult for us "foreigners" to make ourselves clear. ...
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Fairness and Equability to All Users

I believe we have to strive to be fair and equitable to all user. I feel sometimes there is an asymmetry on moderation practices where some users are moderated in a stricter sense than other. E.g. ...
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Does SE have a policy about linking to one's own research, sites, and blogs?

Is there a policy SE again citation or posting related external link one's own blog or research as opposed to a link written by someone else?
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Is there a moderation-guideline to be derived from our experience with these questions?

Two questions that initially caused great alarm among moderators and others are now considered OK, judging from upvoting, number of reasoned answers, and number of views. They are: 1) Is Mind in ...
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For what reason is this question on hold: "Was the Buddha a rationalist?"

This question, which I posted today was put on hold within a couple of hours of its posting, seemingly based on my answer to another question on Meta and possibly, my interactions with a moderator on ...
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Moderating answers which don't answer the question?

One of the reasons for which you are able to flag an answer is the following: not an answer This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be ...
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Moderation policies for Questions

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. In this topic (which is long, you probably don't want to read it all) I asked, and a few people ...
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Who should our (new) pro-tem moderators be?

This question will serve as a nomination thread in our search for a complete team of three active moderators, as discussed in this meta thread. If you wish to nominate a user (including yourself) for ...
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