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Ignoring the "spaminess" of the example, this is a valid concern that I appreciate you have brought forward. I do also want to say this is one that Mike and I have discussed privately, as well as with other moderators from other SE sites. First, as Mike has noted, we are actually doing very well for a SE site of this age. The stats are generally decent to ...


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NOTE: Ultimately Stack Exchange concluded that the particular question you asked about is link spam; after investigating the other questions from the same user, I saw that they rapidly posted the same question (including the bogus Cisco PoE switch hyperlinks) across five different Stack Exchange sites. Those hyperlinks were: Technically incorrect (i.e. ...


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A specific answer to Ytti's question No, I disagree. The level of on/off-topic strictness is good. Remember 'vote to reopen' Being able to see the moderator's controls, I can tell you that there are basically zero vote-to-reopen requests appearing. (We're only seeing auto-generated reopen requests when the questions are edited to try to bring them on-...


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Closing Questions Historical context: Usenet .moderated Newsgroups If you've been on any of the Usenet .moderated newsgroups, all posts are reviewed first, and then evaluated for acceptance; the goal is to keep problem discussions from arising. .moderated groups take a default-deny stance, and the question is permitted if it's judged as appropriate. Stack ...


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I just upvoted all the posts in this thread. I got a lot out of reading them. Initially, I too shared ytti's opinion about the 'strictness' of posts being closed. But I can see now that I was thinking exactly what Mike and YLearn were warning us of: Quote from Mike Pennington: we cannot sacrifice site standards merely to justify our existence Quote ...


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