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As a moderator on StackOverflow (where we suspend people a lot), I can say that Retrocomputing is really different. On StackOverflow, we often see desperate people trying to make their project work/cheat on their exam/assignment and getting their questions closed/downvoted to oblivion, just because the questions are bad or contain "URGENT" or lack ...


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You can note that there are 116 other questions about emulation in this site and the majority have not been closed. There is an example here that is still open What is it with DS emulation being so slow? The problem isn't with what you are asking, it's with the way you are asking it. Focus your question more, give only the details required and try again. The ...


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Context The question received twenty five moderator flags. At least twenty of those were directly related to the controversy caused by this title wording; I haven't had time to count them. This was also a Hot Network Question at the time of the event. (Hello, future people!) TL;DR I think I was justified in my actions in this specific case, however I do ...


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Keep flagging these as Rude or Abusive (when they are), and closing them (when they're off-topic). The system isn't used to this kind of troll, but it should kick in soon and automatically get rid of the questions as they appear. If you think there's an on-topic question hidden in there somewhere, please edit the question. Even if the posting user's acting ...


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This looks like a classic case of miscommunication between a user, the community, and a mod. The mod didn't do anything wrong. A situation was diffused in the quickest way possible. The original poster didn't ask the question incorrectly. A Woman's perspective? I've discussed this situation at length with my girlfriend who is a fellow lover of ...


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I would just like to say that I will try to live up to the trust now placed in me. The purpose of a moderator is to enact the wishes of the community, so I look forward to seeing continued healthy discussions on the meta site. I'll try to be available in the chat room, whatever it winds up being called, as much as possible. There is a remarkable dearth of ...


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Notes: Nominating myself... bit of an odd move but doing so because I proposed the site and am eager to see it grow. I've also got a decent amount of moderation experience as I proposed and moderate the Salesforce StackExchange site and am a big fan of the SE network in general.


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Notes: I would like to offer my support to this community. I have been programming computers of all sizes since the 1970s, so can provide my memories of the things from days gone by. Backed up by an atticful of old notes and manuals. It would please me to see old machines kept running by people who are able to dedicate more time to their preservation ...


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Everyone here is nice. The absolute worst behaviour ever has been minor rudeness and snark; in fact, here's my helpful flag entry for one of the worst incidents I've ever seen: I've edited it to remove some of the more objectionable (slightly condescending) sentences. Those "objectionable" sentences were a couple of "you've completely ...


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Notes: I am nominating myself because I think I would make a good moderator. I like helping out around the site, even without a diamond, and I'm not a moderator elsewhere so can dedicate more time to this site. I have been interested in older, more open computer systems for a long time: before I found the internet cable, I spent my time reading the autoexec....


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I will allow my fellow moderator to make his own comments on this but here is my take. When I first came across this question, it had already gathered a long comment trail with arguments for and against the word "Father". Many of these comments, on both sides of the argument, had also attracted flags "Rude or abusive". Also, at the time I came across the ...


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The relative calmness (as opposed to "heated discussions") here very probably results from the topic and the crowd interested in that topic: There's rarely a sense of urgency in requiring a proper answer - the computers we work with have been around for 30, 50, even 50 years, there's not much point in pressing for an answer within a day... No one'...


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As a novice user, who mostly browses the site, it seems to fulfil three distinct purposes: Computer history, both documented and anecdotal. This might include systems, software, programming languages and social or business history. Maintaining old systems in the present. This includes programming retro systems, or using languages that have fallen out of ...


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It's not just novices. We have some documentation here on meta describing the site's norms and expectations (e.g. scope), but our culture has drifted since then. Our unwritten rules have drifted, and not always in (what I see as) a good way. What's worse, each user's expectations have drifted separately. Right now, (by my reckoning,) the expectations of ...


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Thanks for bringing this to meta. Personally, I think that that question should have been closed because, like this question of mine, it's asking about too many things. I don't feel very comfortable picking apart somebody else's question, so I'll pick apart my own. My question has a very general title: "How did debuggers work?" Whilst it initially seems as ...


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As I was the one to close the question, I feel I should add to the answer already given by @wizzwizz4. An answer with which I agree. My first response on seeing the question was to suggest that it was broad and could be improved. At first glance it is a question about programming a microcontroller to emulate or study an retro system. A topic covered in ...


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(The rationale I added later.) The way to deal with trolls is to have everyone just ignore them. But as the folk wisdom goes, ‘everyone will not just’. I could write here a very strongly worded piece of advice that nobody ever respond to the troll under any circumstances whatsoever, not even to ‘talk some sense into them’, but I doubt it will be very ...


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