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In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as the space for the candidates to provide their answers.

Due to the submission count, we have selected all provided positively-scored questions as well as our back up questions for a total of 8 questions.

As a candidate, your job is simple - post an answer to this question, citing each of the questions and then post your answer to each question given in that same answer. For your convenience, I will include all of the questions in quote format with a break in between each, suitable for you to insert your answers. Just copy the whole thing after the first set of three dashes. Please consider putting your name at the top of your post so that readers will know who you are before they finish reading everything you have written, and also including a link to your answer on your nomination post.

Once all the answers have been compiled, this will serve as a transcript for voters to view the thoughts of their candidates, and will be appropriately linked in the Election page.

Good luck to all of the candidates!

Oh, and when you've completed your answer, please provide a link to it after this blurb here, before that set of three dashes. Please leave the list of links in the order of submission.

To save scrolling here are links to the submissions from each candidate (in order of submission):


  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

  2. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question/answer that you feel shouldn't have been?

  3. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

  4. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

  5. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

  6. A good deal of pending flags are on answers a few years old which have been flagged as invalid based on meta consensus on golf submissions, which sometimes postdates those answers. How would you handle these?

  7. A new user has put a brilliant solution to a challenge in the comments section of the question. Other users point this out in the comments, and even try to guide the user to posting an actual answer, but the user seems to have disappeared. Flags start coming in that the comment should be converted to an answer. What do you do?

  8. Moderators must sign an agreement whose terms include:

    i. I will abide by the current Code of Conduct (which is a part of this agreement), and enforce it to the best of my ability.
    ...
    iv. I will abide by all other officially announced moderator and user policies made available to me.
    v. I will accept additional guidance given by members of the Stack Exchange, Inc. Community Team and Senior Leadership Team, whether in response to questions, concerns or discussions regarding existing network-wide policies.

    How would you respond if a policy or company directive (current or future) seems to conflict with your beliefs and ideals?

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Wheat Wizard

  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

There are many users who produce valuable answers and challenges and few that are extremely disruptive or abusive. We can certainly afford to treat everyone the same regardless of the quality or volume of their contributions. One individual with hostile behavior can drive away many. We should focus first on creating a strong community and good challenges and answer will follow from that.

That does mean treating every person as a human being, even those that produce arguments and flags. I find it unlikely that the hypothetical user doesn't care about the community they are steadily participating in. I think that a human conversation can help to push people to be better. However I am not a therapist so at the end of the day I know I cannot talk everyone into being nice to each other. And suspending a user who is belligerent towards others and is harming the community will sometimes have to be done.

  1. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question/answer that you feel shouldn't have been?

I think this has to be talked about on a case by case basis. Closure especially is a case where I think that reasonable people can have disagreements and there are definitely situations where I might disagree but might not take any action. However where I do believe that it transcends beyond simple disagreement in policy I think the obvious next step is to have a discussion in chat with the moderator who made the decision. I think that we can reach a consensus if not an agreement on how to best respect the communities wishes. And of course the meta is always a good tool for divining the will of the community.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

In my opinion moderators use the site tools to carry out the desires of the community. They need to keep their fingers on the pulse of the community and in ideal circumstances should use very little personal discretion in the use of them.

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

I feel fine.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

I think this question is a little weird. My goal as a individual on the site is quite different from the goals of a moderator that I am volunteering to adopt. I have used the 10k and 20k rep tools to push the community towards what I think is best. I will not be using the moderator tools in the same way.

Becoming a moderator would not simply make me more effective or capable, it would change the way I use the site, and it asks me to use these tools not how I think is best for the community but how the community thinks is best for itself.

  1. A good deal of pending flags are on answers a few years old which have been flagged as invalid based on meta consensus on golf submissions, which sometimes postdates those answers. How would you handle these?

I think the community has made itself clear that consensus is retroactive. And while old questions are not the highest priority I think that we need diligence in bringing the site up to the community standards, as only moderators have the power to enact this.

  1. A new user has put a brilliant solution to a challenge in the comments section of the question. Other users point this out in the comments, and even try to guide the user to posting an actual answer, but the user seems to have disappeared. Flags start coming in that the comment should be converted to an answer. What do you do?

I think this can't be answered universally it depends a lot on circumstances. Overall I have trouble imagining this scenario actually taking place. I'm not sure truly brilliant answer could be captured in a single comment. If something clever has been done, converting any answer left as a comment to a community wiki gives the opportunity for it to be thoroughly and properly explained. And since the user is no longer a member of the site and can't possibly gain rep from the comment I don't think we would be stepping on their toes in any way.

  1. Moderators must sign an agreement whose terms include:

    i. I will abide by the current Code of Conduct (which is a part of this agreement), and enforce it to the best of my ability.
    ...
    iv. I will abide by all other officially announced moderator and user policies made available to me.
    v. I will accept additional guidance given by members of the Stack Exchange, Inc. Community Team and Senior Leadership Team, whether in response to questions, concerns or discussions regarding existing network-wide policies.

    How would you respond if a policy or company directive (current or future) seems to conflict with your beliefs and ideals?

I think everyone has a point at which they break and I suppose this question is about where mine is. I am volunteering to moderate because I think moderation tasks are needed to help this community that I love. If I feel that the moderation tasks I am asked to do are no longer helping this community I would stop and hand in the diamond, that is my line.

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    \$\begingroup\$ In regard to question 4, having a diamond next to your name can change the way that some users (especially new users) view you and your answers. You may be fine with "Everything you will do will be seen under a different light." (emphasis mine), but how do you feel about the fact that everything you've already done will now be seen under a potentially different light? \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Sep 16 at 19:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @cairdcoinheringaahing That was the way I understood it. I feel fine. Nothing comes to mind that would make me feel excited or ashamed to be placed next to a diamond. \$\endgroup\$ – Wheat Wizard Sep 16 at 20:04

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