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There was a community here. It has become important to me. There were people whose opinions I came to respect and to seek out. I enjoyed being part of this community. I enjoyed contributing in various ways - that's what being part of a community means. Monica was a pillar of this community. A leader and a champion. I am saddened to see that our community ...


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Thank you for pointing out the precedent from Philosophy. We will probably never have 10 questions per day, for reasons already mentioned in other answers, and that's ok, because: We have sufficient new questions coming in, and a large body of existing questions that still get new answers. We have lots of high-quality content. We have many engaged users ...


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You were already a moderator when I was appointed in 2013, and you helped me and future moderators get settled. You have contributed a lot to this site over many years. Thank you for all your service. It was a pleasure to work with you.


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Thank you for agreeing to step up as a moderator here, and for all of your contributions to this and other sites. It was a pleasure to work with you.


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"I apologize to each of you for leaving Writing.SE without moderation." Cyn, please don't carry that burden! We voted for moderators who would uphold our WritingSE community values, and you've done that in spades. Your resignation decision to take leave of absence is both principled and pragmatic, and shows true leadership. There's only one apology needed, ...


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This is going to be an unexciting answer (I apologize in advance!), but I came here to flag the spam.


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I agree with you. We are a high-quality site that has been around for almost a decade. We have 10,000 visitors per day for our library of over 7600 answered questions. We are making the Internet better. At our level of maturity, the "beta" label is ridiculous. It's insulting, embarrassing, and demoralizing. We raised this issue almost a year ...


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The simple answer is just no. At present, after Monica was removed (also), I stepped down, Neil resigned, and Cyn is taking a leave of absence, there are no active community moderators left on Writing SE. While at least I still technically have a diamond, I for one am merely waiting for a Stack Exchange employee to remove it, and I have not performed any ...


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These enforced pronouns will get a lot of users, who's English may not be that good, into hot water - and therefore it is the very opposite of inclusion, which already caused one pretty obvious exclusion. When they talk about "respect and inclusion", but their words do not match their actions the least, this is mind-bending double-speak at it's finest. The ...


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Since no one else actually proposed it as a formal, votable answer: Writing It's a small change, but a significant one. It is still simple, easy to understand or search on, and descriptive, but it has much less of the current connotations that we focus on novelists. status-completed


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Giving the overwhelming show of support for this proposal, the moderators have posted a request to graduate. It's in the hands of the larger StackExchange organization now. :)


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Interestingly enough, I received this via email Hey, I'm the guy who downvoted you stupidly on SE. I don't particularly want my handle coming up on internet searches connected to this, so I'm replying anonymously here. Now, if you get a mod to dig into this, so be it... Anyway, I honestly, genuinely read lots of your posts (over several months) and actually ...


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My compromise was to donate to Monica's Approach, which I think is a strong case, but continue to answer questions. I came to this site (and world-building), to help people become better writers. I was a professor, working in a University with corrupt leadership. That did not make me skip a beat in helping students, it made me work parallel to the system to ...


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Change the title. As someone who is completely unaware of whatever drama is going on, and isn't really heavily invested in this particular StackExchange site, I'm going to chip in and say that it would be more useful to users of StackExchange as a whole if the title matches the question being asked. Remember, Questions should be treated as though they were ...


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TL;DR: Critique questions are off-topic, because they will be helpful only to you and the text you post. Questions using your writing to illustrate a question, however, are on-topic. The main problem with critique questions is that they focus too much on the specific passage at the expense of the broader question. Only one person will be helped by ...


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I think if we have four out of five Excellent, we should make the case to graduate. This is a solidly established site with plenty of active users and some great questions and answers. We have healthy Meta discussions about our scope and not many Immediately Closed questions cluttering the front page. Let's go for it.


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It's the end of an era. I consider you my StackExchange mentor. After discovering what was—then—an amazing place, I wanted nothing more than to contribute to the community. Then to become a moderator, which I did. And you (and Neil Fein and a CVn) helped me learn how. StackExchange the company wronged you. And they added insult on to injury and ...


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This was addressed on the MSE post, but I'm bringing it here because it's Writing.SE specific. When will we be assessed for a change in reputation levels for privileges? And what are the criteria? I completely agree that this needs to be site by site, as many of the newly un-betatized sites are low participation and it takes a lot of time to build up rep. ...


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Congratulations Cyn, and thank you Secespitus for also standing. We had two strong candidates. (Rumor has it that we'll have a full election for all the slots next year, so I hope the two of you and several other active users will throw your hats in then.)


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I think this is, as you say, due to the number of high-rep users who have left the site. According to this comment on a post I made on MSE, we were averaging about 8 questions/day prior to Monica's de-modding and the subsequent controversies. As of right now, looking at the first page of questions, that's down to 2.5 questions/day. I'd expect the drop in the ...


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I'm an editor and proofreader, and I enjoy helping others to solve their writing problems. I also appreciate the differing perspectives of other editors and writers, particularly those outside the U.S., as it helps to keep me from getting too insulated in my opinions.


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I am very sorry to hear this. You've been a valuable contributor here for quite some time. I hope you will return to us when other demands on your attention settle down. If you (anybody; I'm not just talking to what here) see what you think is the same question over and over, please consider doing a little checking. If it is, we would best serve ...


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Yes, I agree -- there is good content on that site that would also fit here, so we should help them move it here if they want. Some questions don't fit here; they do have some questions that are about verbal technical communication rather than writing, and some others that might not match up with our scope. But there's a lot that does fit, and there aren't ...


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Monica, it is a pain to see you being dismissed! From personal experience I am sure that you must have tried all manners of dialogue and de-escalation.


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I have nothing but the utmost respect for you and I support you in whatever decision you make regarding StackExchange. My loyalty is also to the community and not the corporation. The latter used to be an entity I could respect but that's eroded away to almost nothing. They never miss an opportunity to double down on blaming Monica for what they did to ...


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I'm an amateur writer, and am part way through writing my first novel. It's a massive undertaking, and it's incredibly scary. I've never committed myself to something this big before, and considering that I am not overly confident in my writing ability It's sometimes hard to keep going. It's the first thing I've actually ever wanted to work hard for, just ...


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Personally no it's not acceptable. First off it's going against what voting is meant to be for where in this case someone is voting because of the Asker's actions to an answer and not because of the question. this would be like downvoting a question because the Asker accepted someone else's answer and didn't upvote yours1 or downvoting another's answer just ...


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