Let me just say this bluntly: we need to do more moderation.
- For a while, I was the only user with any active delete votes. (I posted a message in chat to rectify this, which helped a little)
- Currently, bad content stays on the site for too long, accumulating usually no delete votes.
- Flags are acted on extremely slowly; the same flag sometimes sticks in the queue for 3 or more days. Never have I seen a flag handled within 5 hours.
- General programming and other off topic questions sometimes take a day to be closed.
- code-trolling has brought in a lot of attention, so this is especially important now
- Now the flood of code trolling questions is starting to get unmanageable...
- Yes, Community♦ will auto-delete stuff, but the quicker bad content gets off the site, the better. We need to show the actual quality of our site, not this flood of code trolling questions. (And any other low quality questions that may appear.)
So, I propose a moderator election, and some other things, but mainly that.
I know that elections can happen when the current mods call out to the powers that be. Why not do that? No offense to mods, but many users are much more active than them.
The last activity by any mod was December 21st. It was a simple comment about some code. Again, no offense, but the moderators barely do any (publicly viewable) moderation.
Our site needs more moderation. It needs moderators that regularly moderate.
If bad things were stopped sooner, people would get the right idea and do better things. If we want to get out of beta, we need to show that we can; we need to keep every question on our site's topic and show that we can survive as a full Stack Exchange site.
So, it would be great if the current moderators would reach out to Stack Exchange and get an election going.
I also have a related but minor and less important proposal: just get the community to do better moderation. Just do that, however you can - tell other users; post a community bulletin; hold a contest or something. And if you're reading this as a privileged users on CodeGolf.SE, just follow this call to action and do more moderation.
Thank you for reading. I just want one of my favorite Stack Exchange sites to succeed.