In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic of moderation. Participation is completely voluntary.

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here.

Here's how it'll work:

  • During the nomination phase, (so, until Monday, April 6th at 20:00:00Z UTC, or 4:00 pm EDT on the same day, give or take time to arrive for closure), this question will be open to collect potential questions from the users of the site. Post answers to this question containing any questions you would like to ask the candidates. Please only post one question per answer.

  • We, the Community Team, will be providing a small selection of generic questions. The first two will be guaranteed to be included, the latter ones are if the community doesn't supply enough questions. This will be done in a single post, unlike the prior instruction.

  • This is a perfect opportunity to voice questions that are specific to your community and issues that you are running into at current.

  • At the end of the phase, the Community Team will select up to 8 of the top voted questions submitted by the community provided in this thread, to use in addition to the aforementioned 2 guaranteed questions. We reserve some editorial control in the selection of the questions and may opt not to select a question that is tangential or irrelevant to moderation or the election. That said, if I have concerns about any questions in this fashion, I will be sure to point this out in comments before the decision making time.

  • Once questions have been selected, a new question will be opened to host the actual questionnaire for the candidates, containing 10 questions in total.

  • This is not the only option that users have for gathering information on candidates. As a community, you are still free to, for example, hold a live chat session with your candidates to ask further questions, or perhaps clarifications from what is provided in the Q&A.

If you have any questions or feedback about this new process, feel free to post as a comment here.

  • Looking forward to seeing the candidates Wish everyone the best of luck!
    – user9447
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 20:05
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    Am I imagining things or did Ms. Hairboat morph into Ms. Note?? :) Was she absorbed like a twin or just eaten outright like a cannibal? :)
    – Scott
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 21:29
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    I prefer the term "usurpation".
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 22:25
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    For the record, I have not been eaten (or otherwise rendered incapacitated) by my coworker(s).
    – hairboat
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 23:00

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How would you react to and deal with a user who is in disagreement with something you've said or with one of the decisions you've made?


Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8).

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

  • In your opinion, what do moderators do?
  • 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?
  • In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

What areas of current moderation do you feel are missing?


As a user with a lot of rep.. in fact, as close to moderator power as can be without being a moderator. I'd like to know....

  • Why do you feel you need absolute power to render a question On Hold or Deleted by casting your single vote?

How do you deal with a user who poses many answers and clearly is trying to further the community. However the answers are of a basic nature, often low-quality, and often skirt the "on-topic" realm. In addition, the user never enters chat, meta, or responds to comments?


What would be the general time frame (UTC) you'd be on-site for moderation?
Just estimates or ballparks.

It may be helpful to institute a moderator who is in a different time zone than our current moderators. 2/3 of our current staff are US based. Someone closer to 0 UTC or + UTC may be beneficial.


Regarding some of the more touchy questions such as font ID, critiques, and software how-tos --- Being that a moderator may carry more weight not only in Closing but just in comments and meta; how do you currently handle these questions and how will you handle them should you be elected?

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