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Every person and every worldview has their non-negotiables. Total inclusivity is an impossibility, as this fiasco proves. The best we can do is mutual respect--which includes allowing each other to hold, and to exercise, their own beliefs. I don't much care that someone disagrees with me, apart from the degree that I believe their (in my opinion) wrong ...


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I gave that letter a couple reads this morning and I have to say I'm pretty conflicted over it. On the one hand it does say some things that needed to be said. On the other hand it doesn't even touch on most of what I think is important here. I am aware that my resignation was a bit of an outlier¹ as far as what core issues it was based on. The bulk of the ...


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So this is what happens while I'm out? I don't know if joking is appropriate right now, but it's what I got. Caleb, you personally are responsible for making me a more conscientious and thoughtful person. Thank you.


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I've decided not to sign the letter. Caleb's thinking in many ways matches my own, and I have a lot of respect for Peter Turner's rationale for signing it. There's certainly a lot of good in the letter, and it's natural that it would focus on the things that virtually all moderators agree on – mistreatment of Monica, botched communication, etc. Signing it ...


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I am sorry to see you go Caleb. I have not contributed much to this site, but I have read a fair amount of it over the years whenever I wanted to be informed on what Christians actually believe. I have always been impressed how this site has taken its volatile subject matter turned it in to a high-quality SE site (some other sites with volatile subjects have ...


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I am so, so sad to see all this. I'm a relative latecomer to this site and I haven't invested near as many hours nor posts into it as Caleb, but even I feel I've poured blood, sweat, and tears into its success and I can't imagine what this might be like to someone who's poured so much more into it than I. Stack Exchange is all about "making the internet a ...


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This question applies across all SE sites, so meta.SE is the place to look for answers, and here's one very good Q&A about it: What recourse do I have if I believe a moderator has abused his/her privileges? So the first step is to read and be sure you understand both answers on that question. To emphasize the same points, step two is to read this Q&...


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You have been a wonderful addition to this site, both in your role as a moderator and as a user. I know that many of my questions have been directly improved by your hard work. And on a personal note, your answers and those of so many others have helped me grow in my own Christian faith (and as of last Easter, specifically Catholic faith). For any negative ...


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I just recently (this year) became more active on this site and from observing the moderator interventions and comments I began to see the core principles emerging from those concrete actions, one of which is Brothers, we are not Christians! to ensure that civil discussion among warring Christian factions can happen while guaranteeing quality research and ...


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I was pleased to see you get elected, and sorry that we'll lose your time and talents. Thanks for your selfless contribution to this site. You made a difference to at least one person: me. And Jesus Wept


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Human nature being what it is, asking prospective mods their religious views would more likely, in my view, lead to people voting for mods who agree with their views and not for those who don't. It would bring "popularity contest" voting into the mod election. Although having a diversity of perspectives within the mod team is a good thing, I doubt this is ...


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I just read through all of your deleted answers, and it appears that you've made the same mistake about this site as I did when I first joined. Your answers weren't deleted because anyone disagrees with them theologically. They were deleted because they were phrased as your own observations/opinions/beliefs.Your posts look like something better suited to a ...


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You will be sorrily missed as a moderator and good councillor of the site. It is a shame this whole scenario has taken place, but I truly understand your position. It is certain that something is brewing in those of higher authority of the corporate leaders. It makes my stomach turn. My heart is sinking quickly as both you and Nathaniel are leaving as ...


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I am probably not familiar enough with how this works to be saying anything Frankly, no, you aren't familiar enough with SE sites in general or this one in particular to be making this sort of judgement. As pointed out in comments, the majority of posters here are not Catholic. There've been a fair number of Catholic questions recently, but that's just ...


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Thanks for bringing this up here! Here are a few thoughts on the moderation side of things first: First, your question currently has four "reopen" votes: that is, four people with more than 3000 reputation have voted to reopen the question (taking it off "hold"). After one more does so, then the question will be open again. Moderators tend to prefer to ...


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Vaya con Dios, amigo I mean that from the heart. You've been good to me, and very good for the site. I'll miss you.


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TL;DR - Thank you for shedding some light on the somewhat "hazy" situation about which we, as general users of the Stack Exchange network, may not have been fully aware. EDIT In my zeal, I forgot to say that, even though you and I have never met or had any form of interaction, Caleb, your letter instills in me a profound sense of loss for the ...


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You will be sorrily missed as a moderator and good councillor of the site. It is a shame this whole scenario has taken place, but I truly understand your position. It is certain that something is brewing in those of higher authority of the corporate leaders. It makes my stomach turn. My heart is sinking quickly as both you and Caleb are leaving as ...


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As a Catholic Candidate, this is in my interest so I support it (Just Kidding 8^D ) St Francis of Assisi had attributed to him the following aphorism1: Preach the Gospel every day; use words when necessary. It is a never ending struggle for me to walk in those footsteps, but I think that's the way to go for any of us, particularly when we run into ...


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Nathaniel answered most of what you asked. I'll try to fill in the holes and stress a few of the more important points. Very first, most important point: every action is reversible. Close votes have accompanying reopen votes. Even delete votes have undelete votes. Nothing is permanent. Second: We're slow to assume what you want to ask because we might get ...


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Moderators elected on Stack Exchange have the same term as the Pope: for life. They also have the option of resigning. New moderators are elected as needed, which usually means when there are too many flags for existing moderators to comfortably handle. There's no fixed schedule, but we usually check with them around the time of a site's graduation ...


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I'm going to suggest this is mostly balderdash. Here's why I think that. You've misidentified the problem Most of the issues you've raised have nothing to do with Catholicism vs. other possible question scopes. The outdoor question was poorly scoped and deserved closing in its initial form (which is likely when most of the VtC's happened). It looks fine ...


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Just a couple comments in addition to David's answer which certainly covers the basics. As one one of the moderators who deleted a couple of your answers I'd like to reiterate that the motivation for this was not theological. As it happens I am a Calvinist: one of two moderators with a strong Reformed bent. There is also a Mormon and a couple other folks ...


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When a question is off-topic, too broad, or too opinion based, there are usually multiple ways it could be improved. If the original question asker doesn't edit the question themselves, or at least give some indication in a comment about how they would like it changed, then we'll vote to put it on hold, even though it would be possible for us to edit it ...


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It wasn't me that unilaterally closed it, but I probably would have, had I seen it, and I may or may not have left a comment. Typically I comment heavily, explaining why I'm voting to close, down-voting, etc. specifically to be helpful as you're suggesting we should. However, if the OP has been around a while, I'll comment less because I assume he or she ...


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If you think they are cluttering the home page, you have a couple of options. If they really are very bad, flag them for deletion. We don't like to delete questions outright for a few reasons I'll get to later, but if it's already closed and heavily downvoted sometimes we'll short circuit the automatic and community processes that area already in place. If ...


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It's not clear what you think the problem with the answer is - buried in this question you seem to hint that the answer is too much of an opinion. Fair enough, if you don't think it's a good answer, a downvote is appropriate. But if you actually read the text of the flag you cast, it says: this answer has severe formatting ... problems - doesn't seem to ...


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This is a good example of why migration is problematic - often the people doing the migrating don't know the target site well enough and migrate something in that's clearly off-topic. As to your point #2 2) What's with the locking and moving every question that I've encountered here and History SE? Why don't we, as users, given the chance to clarify ...


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Systemic biases are hard to tackle, and a diversity of personal convictions among the mods would, with all else being equal, most likely help the community as a whole be aware of minority positions and the injustices they face. But not all is equal, and it would be unwise to appoint mods here as measures of affirmative action. We don't have the luxury of ...


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It's very sad to see SE fall into the "woke culture" trap. In catering to niche groups that assume the role of self-appointed arbiters of language, they're destroying the very lifeblood that built their community to begin with. No one is going to want to post to a site where he or she, despite good faith efforts, may be the next target of the Speech Police. ...


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