0. What is this post?
We get occasional meta posts where a user basically decides "it's not fair" for some reason or another. The content here should be considered basic background knowledge before one can make a credible claim of "it's not fair".
This post is intended to be a "duplicate target" for subsequent meta posts where the answer is essentially "get to know how the site works". The aim is to avoid wasting the time of diamond moderators and users who could otherwise be spending their time working on questions and answers (what the site is about).
This is along the lines of what Jon Ericson wrote previously:
Not every meta question needs to be answered. If you see the same question repeated over and over ("Why was question ##### closed?") it doesn't hurt to just close them. Point folks to this meta post to explain why meta questions need to articulate a rational argument and not just assert that questions should be reopened. Life's too short.
Jon Ericson ♦
(For now, please consider this a "first draft".)
Click on the titles for detailed information.
1. Why is there censorship?
Maintaining a functional site (through deleting and editing) has been going on for years. StackExchange staff directly instructed us to do so, saying this is not up for debate[meta].
Sectarianism "has no place on Stack Exchange"[meta], so firm steps are taken when it happens. Comments are often deleted (or moved to chat) when they're not aimed at improving questions and answers[help] (e.g., arguing). We also eliminate plagiarism[meta], primarily copy/paste answers[meta], and link-only answers[meta]. Users repeatedly posting poor content may prompt an automatic question ban[help] and/or an answer ban[help]. All this is normal for StackExchange sites.
We don't welcome Truth[meta] and apologetics[meta] (and their ilk) that try to manipulate the reader, and such posts are often edited or deleted. Posts which are primarily confrontational[meta] are also unwelcome.
2. Why are there overrepresented/underrepresented groups?
There are non-bias-related reasons for unequal representation of groups: varying populations and accessibility of useful resources. We don't control who chooses to contribute. If desired, a user can request answers from a specific denomination in their question[meta].
3. What else do I need to know?
- Be nice[help].
- This is not a fatwa site[help].
- Good answers are not mere opinion and utilize authoritative sources[meta].
- Good questions[meta] pinpoint a single question[meta], making it clear for the answerer. The title should be the question[meta].
- We strive to vote based on usefulness/quality[meta].
- We're not here to preach (some version of) Islam[meta].
4. Why am I not being taken seriously?
There's a track record users who are unfamiliar with how the site works (often rudely) declaring "it's not fair". If you want to be taken seriously (a) provide evidence that the problem is actually a problem, (b) suggest a solution, and (c) indicate what steps you've taken towards solving the problem yourself.
5. Example meta posts
Here I list previous meta posts where users have perceived some level of unfairness. There have been similar claims made in chat, and in questions, answers, and comments. This is for reference, and to give the reader an overview of such posts.