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It's been only a few months since I was elected (by you) a moderator of Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange, but the time has come to step down for several reasons

  1. I was suspended on Stats SE for having left the following comment under some of the questions there.

    Please, ask this question on Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange, which is a more appropriate site to ask theoretical questions related to reinforcement learning. If you ask it there, please, delete it from here.

    The excuse of the other moderators (from other SE sites) is that I was disruptive and that RL is also on-topic on Stats SE. It is true that RL is also on-topic on Stats SE. However, no matter what your position/opinion is (i.e. if you think I was disruptive or not), from my perspective, this was unnecessary (i.e. not a sufficiently good reason to suspend me) and thus disrespectful.

  2. Most other moderators (from other SE sites, not our own site) don't seem to like me because of my direct personality (as some of you probably have already experienced), and they continually attack me and pretend that I am the black sheep of the group. Of course, this situation is at least discouraging and realistically unacceptable for me to continue to moderate a SE site.

  3. I spent too much time and effort on this site. I tried to make our community a better place (hopefully, I was able to achieve my goal to some extent), but I understand now that I can't solve all the problems alone. If the community does not want to build a better place, I can't do it either. So, from now on, it's up to you.

    (NOTE: of course, this third point is not really a reason to step down and it wasn't really a reason why I stepped down. I wanted to say that it's important that all community members (at least the regular ones) help to maintain the site by flagging content, editing posts, etc., without the need for moderators to intervene. That's not the main job of a moderator, although a moderator can and should also do it, whenever this is required. It's up to all of us, including myself and other moderators, to make this place a better place! If you don't know how you can contribute to the site, please, read this post)

I am sorry that I will basically leave you alone, given that the other moderators have been rarely active recently, but it's the best thing for me now.

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding 1 - Did they offer to discuss the situation with you, or did they just go ahead and suspend you? Regarding 3 - Since it's up to us to help shape the community, could you inform us how we could help? It seems like this would be a good time to thoroughly discuss the issues of on-topic questions and community moderation if you are stepping away for the time being. $\endgroup$ – DeepQZero Jun 29 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ @DeepQZero The 1st thing that every community member should do is be familiar with our on-topic page: ai.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic. The 2nd thing is to edit posts to improve them (in any possible way, i.e. to improve the titles, to correct mistakes, to improve readability, etc). The 3rd thing is to flag content that is off-topic or inconsistent with the on-topic page. The 4th thing is to vote. See ai.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1660/2444. There are other possible ways. I will probably write a new post with more details. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jun 29 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ To answer your first question, the moderator that suspended me had already warned me (but it was a long time ago, way before I had become a moderator, which was a few months ago) that I should not write comments that redirect the users to other SE sites. However, note that, in my comment, I am saying that AI SE is more appropriate to ask theoretical questions related to RL. I am not saying that RL is off-topic on Stats. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jun 29 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ My intent was to create more cohesive SE communities. People that are interested in RL should all be in one place. Clearly, RL is an AI topic, so related questions should primarily belong to our site, but, nevertheless, that moderator didn't understand that and didn't like my comment, because that could make them lose more users. As I say in the post above, no matter what your opinion about this is, I don't think that a suspension was necessary. Moreover, I was trying to prove my point, but all other moderators (from other SE sites) were against me. This is the main reason I step down. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jun 29 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ I see. There was probably a power imbalance to the interaction as well since AI SE is a less-frequented site than a few others. It would definitely help to write a post that summarizes/expands upon the ways we can help out. I also think it would help to compare/contrast the various SE sites that are similar to AI SE to help users understand the differences between them, especially with regards to their on-topic question specifications. You don't have to do all of that by yourself - it could be a community effort. $\endgroup$ – DeepQZero Jun 29 at 17:20
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, since your "question" here isn't a question, am I supposed to give my recommendations (such as the immediate above comment) as an answer or just leave it as a comment? I read the rules about AI Meta a few times, and I didn't see it mentioned anywhere, so I'm guessing it is more of an unwritten rule. $\endgroup$ – DeepQZero Jun 29 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ It's true that we haven't yet clearly defined the rules for meta. Maybe we should do that. It's fine to leave just a comment in this case because I am not asking anything. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jun 29 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry to lose you! (PS don't take the suspension too hard--I've been suspended on Math a couple of times for persisting in asking questions about things that haven't been considered.) $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Jul 2 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ @nbro Heartfelt thanks for all the time and attention you gave to the AI SE. You will be missed! $\endgroup$ – Pluviophile Jul 6 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ @nbro knowyourmeme.com/photos/1507350-youre-a-good-man-thank-you $\endgroup$ – Anshuman Kumar Jul 9 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ @DeepQZero Hey! I have written a post that hopefully will guide you on how you can help the community: ai.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1686/2444. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jul 10 at 15:41
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I spent too much time and effort on this site. I tried to make our community a better place (hopefully, I was able to achieve my goal to some extent), but I understand now that I can't solve all the problems alone. If the community does not want to build a better place, I can't do it either. So, from now on, it's up to you.

I've certainly noticed your efforts having had a visible, positive impact on the site. In particular your frequent editing for clarification, and retagging, have been clearly visible. As you mentioned yourself in the comments though, these kinds of things are not strictly responsbilities for only moderators, and you could in theory continue contributing to the site in these kinds of way even after stepping down. Is this something that you still see yourself doing with some level of activity (even if less than before)? Of course it's important that you only do this if you feel like it, noone should feel pressured to remain active on the site if they don't want.

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    $\begingroup$ I will still try to help the community in some way, in particular, by editing posts, flagging content, and answering questions, but all community members should also try to do it. If everyone does this for 1-2 posts, the individual workload is small and the community can still be great! $\endgroup$ – nbro Jul 3 at 13:04

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