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Is rolling back a rollback a good idea?

On a Stack Exchange recently, I made an edit, and someone immediately rolled it back. In my opinion, that rollback was invalid, so I re-rolled back to my edit. I was told that I'm violating an ...

conflict-resolution editing  
asked by dwjohnston Score of 9
answered by Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Score of 12

How to retain new users on a Q&A site effectively?

On a Q&A site I co-moderate on the Stack Exchange network, sometimes we see a brand new user asking a good question, and another brand new user posting a good answer. I don't know where they're ...

new-members user-retention  
asked by gerrit Score of 18
answered by Glorfindel Score of 11

Why should trolls not be fed?

A common advice on dealing with malicious users is: Do not feed the troll! What does this mean, what is the rationale behind this, and are there any exceptions?

problem-users  
asked by Wrzlprmft Score of 27
answered by Kate Gregory Score of 12

I made an official statement in good faith that turned out to be wrong; should I apologize?

I have an official role moderating an online community that is open to the public. I exercise my best judgment in interpreting the rules, but: I don't make the rules, I only enforce them. I am only ...

rules-and-policies disciplinary-actions  
asked by Air Score of 21
answered by Jim Score of 13

How can one organise moving a large Q&A community?

Imagine a large healthy online Q&A community hosted on a platform developed and maintained by a commercial company. Suppose that the community is increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the ...

migration  
asked by gerrit Score of 13
answered by Marjorie Meunier Score of 1

Starting a community from scratch - how to create initial userbase?

I've seen this too many times. A new forum on some subject, with thirty or more sub-fora, great most of them with 0 posts, some with 2-3, one "welcome topic" running greetings from some 40 users the ...

participation site-growth user-retention promotion  
asked by SF. Score of 24

How can I word a user-licensing doc so a user cannot justify deleting all their posts, except 'creative' content?

I am on the verge of relaunching my fandom-centric forum that's been set to read-only since July. Since opening it the first time in 2006, I learned a lot about adminship and being a moderator too. ...

rules-and-policies  
asked by Tarak'ha Score of 9
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