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What should I do about a moderator who dislikes me and lets that affect how he manages the site?

Get in touch with somebody above the moderator: a community manager or the site administrator. If there is a "contact us" link, that's probably a good start. Explain what's going on. Keep a cool head ...
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How to handle "drive-by" users on a Stack Exchange site?

Here are some strategies that I have found helpful at Mi Yodeya, whose community started as a SE 1.0 community that I founded: Lead by example Start by demonstrating the best example you can of active ...
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How can I get people to join a site and not simply glance and pass it by?

Intro: don't expect it to work in your favor First thing to keep in mind is that purpose of hot questions feature is established pretty firmly and that it's not really about helping in your community ...
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On Stack Exchange, how do I motivate users to prioritize the needs of the community over personal gain?

I realize it's their time to waste, but sometimes this situation creates drama when a question is deleted and people who answered it lose reputation points. That's their fault. Make it clear on your ...
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How to prevent new users from asking off-topic questions

What do new visitors see? Usually, most off-topic questions are asked by new users who aren't familiar with the site. If this isn't the case, your community has deep problems with disagreement on the ...
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As a Stack Exchange moderator how should I share a close vote opinion without using my Moderator powers?

We're talking about specifically cases that are not clear cut enough to grant immediate closure. Voice your opinion in a comment (stating that you'd vote to close but as a moderator you can't, ...
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How do I complain to Stack Exchange about one of its communities?

The first place to raise concerns about something that happened on a Stack Exchange site is on that site's associated meta site. Meta is for questions about the site, including: How is (this closed ...
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How can I encourage users to use the system rather than directly addressing a CM or Moderator?

I think it's all about reinforcement, reinforcement, and more reinforcement. It's worth remembering that there are a few situations where someone in authority might be needed to intervene quickly, ...
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Should I intervene if my community acts contrary to its own policies?

Here's what I would do: Reopen the question if you're absolutely sure it shouldn't have been closed as per current site policies. You're a human exception handler, and this is the definition of an ...
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What should I do about a moderator who dislikes me and lets that affect how he manages the site?

What options you have are very specific to the community - both written (and unwritten) rules/guidelines and technologies being used. Depending on the rules some options my be against the TOC/other ...
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Can't watch 24x7; how do we keep comments under control?

I see three problems: You need to get avid users to keep their comments under control. You need to get occasional users to keep their comments under control. You need to get avid users to help with ...
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What (if anything) should be done about users who publicly threaten to leave the community?

I think there are a couple of aspects to this issue: Morale Conduct Policies Morale In public sites, and other environments like this, Morale is of the upmost importance. More than any individual. ...
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How can we attract more women to our business-focused Q&A site?

First, let me qualify my answer: While I appreciate your desire to have gender balance, there is very little I dislike more than to have a group fall all over themselves trying to get me to join their ...
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How do I start an active userbase for a tag in on a question and answer site (like Stack Exchange)?

Create content: post selfies A tag that doesn't have much content doesn't make the site attractive to the users you want to bring over. So, make content. Answer your own questions after a day or two, ...
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As a moderator, how can I resolve a tie in voting between contradictory answers to a policy discussion?

The community has clearly shown that they are are either not concerned about the issue or are equally happy with the proposals. The fact that there are no down-votes on the proposals is indicative ...
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How can I get more (frequent) users to edit more in a StackExchange community?

I guess this is a problem that's mostly network-wide. One things that SE does differently than a lot of other forums is that you, as normal, avid user, can actually gain rights to become a little ...
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How to handle user whose heavy participation causes minority of bad contributions to be a drain on moderator resources?

As a moderator, what can I do to reduce the degree to which this user consumes moderator resources, without letting him have a negative impact on the site? The answer to this depends, essentially, on ...
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How to deal with useless comments on popular posts?

(I'm going to treat this is a non-SE comment question...) First of all, a quick note should be added after you clean them up. It might say something like this: Moderator's note: please do not add ...
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On Stack Exchange, how to help others dealing with being annoyed by new users?

I would suggest modelling the behaviour you want the senior users to adopt. Ignoring for the moment downvotes, because they're entirely anonymous, that could mean: leaving pleasant welcoming comments ...
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Does a monkey-see-monkey-do approach work with self-moderation?

I think that people will fall into one of two camps - which is true regardless of whether the community is an online one or a "real world" one. The first will happily sit back and let others do the ...
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How to prevent new users from asking off-topic questions

Disclaimer: I've poked through Lifehacks Stack Exchange a few times before. I'm going to try to keep this as generalized as I can, but I may point out a few trends that I've noticed specific to LH.SE....
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What should I do about a moderator who dislikes me and lets that affect how he manages the site?

You could ask the site owners not to perform an action so overt as say, suspension of moderatorship, but instead just communicate that you are feeling upset over the way you have been treated and ...
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On Stack Exchange, how do I motivate users to prioritize the needs of the community over personal gain?

The best bet is to remove the personal benefit to the bad behavior. If you reward people for a bad behavior, they will continue to do it even if it is bad. In order to prevent it, remove the ...
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As a Stack Exchange moderator how should I share a close vote opinion without using my Moderator powers?

If the question is blatantly off-topic/too broad/whatever, close it as it is. If you aren't sure, what I do is wait for 4 close votes on the question before closing, that way your vote doesn't count ...
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What is the expiration date for featured content?

One of the big factors in this why it's featured. If it's featured to publicise some event then it should expire around the event itself. Either just before or during the event. How long before the ...
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As a user, how can I stay on top of a fast-growing community?

As Jan Doggen already mentioned, you could actually use a RSS feed. However, this problem seems to be more complex. The real problem is: You have too much content for too less time. You already ...
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How to handle user whose heavy participation causes minority of bad contributions to be a drain on moderator resources?

This answer covers some important points based on an assessment of the user's ability to learn. This answer is intended as a supplement to that one. It sounds like you still consider the user to be ...
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On Stack Exchange, how do I motivate users to prioritize the needs of the community over personal gain?

Given your observations on answerers behavior, consider re-checking assumption about questions being "clearly", "pretty obviously", "doomed". Or more precisely, assumption that this understanding is ...
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