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Should I handle rude fragments myself? or is it better to get moderator involved?

If it is a one-off then feel free to do the needful yourself, but flagging it is not necessarily a bad thing for moderators. In this case there was not much to see, but sometimes there are a lot of ...
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HTTP Downloader Spam Answers

I think there's nothing left to do at this point. It has been flagged to oblivion. Amusingly even if it wasn't spam, IIRC google take out files are only available for a limited amount of time, I don'...
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14 votes
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Please allow me to ask questions again, after a year of being blocked

I'm a moderator at superuser, and I'd second that this happened due to the cold hard logic of an automated system, and the moderators didn't really have anything to do with this. MSU would have been ...
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14 votes

Was my suspension for commenting called for?

Am I at fault? I think you are at fault (to be clear: I really cannot tell if you're the only one at fault). Keep reading to know my reasons. A fault which justified a suspension with no warning, ...
13 votes
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What are some common "gotchas" associated with moderation activities?

Flagging Don't flag answers as "not an answer" unless they don't attempt to answer the question at all. If an answer post at least tries to answer the question, don't flag it, even if it is factually ...
12 votes

This question was closed-as-dup but the accepted answer is out-of-date

If the new question showed a decent research effort, there would be no reason to close it as a duplicate. For example I need an answer for a recent Firefox version (I have Firefox 42). I saw this ...
11 votes

When should a moderator not use his super-powers?

I'm the moderator who did it. It feels like the fair, and best course of action would be to treat these answers as I would any other answer from a user who I feel is inexperienced of the ways of the ...
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Was my suspension for commenting called for?

I for one don't think you deserved a suspension. Your only real mistake is the threat to flag someone else's comments instead of disengaging, which transforms an argument about the technical topic ...
10 votes

Have I been penalized for an answer 1 moderator didn't like?

Based on your description, I'm guessing the answer that was deleted was this one, currently very similar to this existing one. Note, though, that at the time the post was deleted, it looked like this. ...
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Was this flag declined correctly?

As the flag states: This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed. While there is no real ...
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10 votes

Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

My piece of advice would be not to escalate this and call people names, or assume bad intentions. This user voiced their opinion and they're entitled to do so. I agree the comment thread got a little ...
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10 votes

Continuous overuse of moderation rights

Occasionally I come upon a question which seems rather obvious to me, but was nevertheless closed as either "not focused enough" (example 1) or "unclear what's being asked" (example 2). Here is a ...
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10 votes

Why was my comment explaining reason for a downvote deleted?

I removed it, though I was a little wary. While your comment described exactly what should be done it was a little harsh and apparently taken badly by the other party who replied with omg someones ...
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9 votes
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When should a moderator not use his super-powers?

"With great power comes great responsibility." That applies to the moderators, but it also applies to you. As the user with the highest rep on the site, that makes your posts somewhat of an implied ...
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

One of the things about any kind of troubleshooting is that it often requires a tangential approach to find out what the exact problem is, it could be with a component of something else. Sometimes it ...
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Closure of question and rude approach

Addressing your 'bulk rename' question Your question here on SU Meta has two distinct parts, so I'll give you my take one by one. My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…...
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Was my suspension for commenting called for?

. I noticed the "cleanup", repeated the SysRq comment (numbered 1 below), because there is nothing wrong with it, and fearing the follow-up would be deleted too, So you're aware a comment ...
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8 votes

Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

There is a Flag capability for comments. The flag shows up when you place your curser to the top left of the comment text. For the most part everyone here is trying to help, even if they have ...
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Too many edits issue. Post-ban support

You keep hitting on the automatic limits we can't do anything about. No we cannot remove these limits and they are automatic and there's no way to undo them. The official line here is you'll just have ...
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How to handle users appropriating other users' correct answers

General Response (without looking at your specific answer) I went to Meta Stack Exchange (the Meta for the whole SE network) and dug up a question that linked to a Help Center article about your ...
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Moderator abuse

From the close reason: See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. The relevant bits: Search, and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? ...
7 votes

How to deal with an incompetent moderator

Well - it's rather presumptuous to assume incompetence. A quick look at the question seems to indicate that the key parts of the question involve microcontrollers and information specific to them to ...
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6 votes

How to handle users appropriating other users' correct answers

If I were you, I'd ask @AngryCub why did they accept a wrong answer in the first place. Accepting normally means they have tried the answer and it helped, so they either didn't try it, or toasted ...
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Incorrect duplicate

Most questions closed as duplicates are...duplicates Why are questions able to be marked as duplicate without some more in depth review? To be closed as 'duplicate' a question must be reviewed by no ...
6 votes

Flag was declined but the question was deleted all the same

SF deleted it when I checked. No action was needed on SU. As such, no moderator intervention was needed While I do sometimes mark flags of that sort as valid, I usually take into account a few ...
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Is answering to a software recommendation request considered spam?

You've changed the question since it was first posted, I don't know which to address so I'll consider the revision that is latest at the time of writing this. Is answering to a software ...
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Closure of question and rude approach

Part of your question asks the following within the first two sentences: My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…002…003 as too broad. It is extremely clear what I am ...
5 votes

When should a moderator not use his super-powers?

The original version of the answer counts as a non-answer, given: There is extensive help to be found on the Web for writing AutoHotkey scripts, but I can also give hints if you wish. Which, in ...
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Have I been penalized for an answer 1 moderator didn't like?

TL;DR version: No, you have not been penalised at all, you just haven't earned any reputation on this site to allow you to comment. Bens answer does a good job of explaining why your answer was ...
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