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No. Freedom of speech is an individual's limited freedom to publish his thoughts. It is not freedom to be published by anybody: the Wall Street Journal doesn't have to publish everything you send them, and neither does Stack Exchange. In particular, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an ...


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I, for one, will be sad to see you without your diamond, but I am glad you are staying around. When I first joined the site, you were one of the most friendly and helpful faces I found, and you helped me find my place in the community as well as gently guiding me to being a more positive and helpful member. I cannot remember a time where you lost your ...


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:( I do have a tendency to waffle so to cut a long story short: I don't think words can express just how much love Ash has given this site (both before and during the moderator years). I always considered you (and badp) as the kind of mods to aspire to: passionate, fair, knowledgeable, patient... just all around good people and I hold myself to that same ...


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I know I speak on behalf of the entire mod team when I saw: It's been an honour. You've always gone above and beyond what was expected of moderators, and you'll be sorely missed. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.


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In my opinion this user's current behaviour falls under the definition of spamming, and as such that user should be treated like any other spammer. There is however the fact that this user has made helpful posts in the past. Despite this, I'd still advocate disciplinary action be taken for the following reasons: The bad content from this user far outweighs ...


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When you have a serious issue: Step one is flag the issue. Step two is do nothing. If you don't do step 1, we don't have a clue what is going on. Making a meta can be an alternative to flagging if it's complicated enough that you can't fit it into the flag box, but it makes step 2 more complicated. If you don't do step 2, suddenly the user is being piled ...


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That question only has one new answer in any recent sense and one deleted answer. The point of protection is to keep questions that have already gotten a bunch of "me too" or non-answers - it is intended to be reactive to a problem rather than proactive, as it eliminates the possibility of a new user being able to come in and post an awesome answer. In ...


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We are lenient on flag abuse because we'd rather get more reports than less. It used to be possible at some point to be banned forever from flagging by having enough invalid flags in a row, but I... believe this is no longer a thing.


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I haven't had much time to interact with y'all as much as I wanted in Meta and chat, and honestly that hasn't changed, because I'm busier now than ever, but I did want to thank you for your effort. As I mentioned in Raven Dreamer's goodbye post, it takes integrity to admit when you're not doing as much for your role as you should be, and making the decision ...


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