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 April 28th 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.

6 Answers 6

  • If something or someone infuriates you, and there seems to be a boiling flamewar underway, what tactics would you try?
  • I had something similar in mind; I think this needs to be refined a bit but it's a good point to raise, sort of 'what's your diplomatic strategy?'. Will +1 if it is improved, specifically that it could be widened to be about hostility between any and all users.
    – Dom
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 16:44
  • Good point; feel free to help make it better. I would want it to be fairly concrete, but it certainly can do with refinements.
    – benteh
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 16:53
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    The term "scorched earth" comes to mind :)
    – Scott
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 17:04

What do you see as being GD.SE's unique position or role in the design world?

How do you intend to strengthen that?

Or to put it another way, how would/do you 'sell' this site to designers who've never heard of it? What do you see as our USP (Unique Selling Proposition) or key strength?


Moderating can sometimes require quite a bit of your time. This might mean you won't be able to, for example, write as many answers as before. How do you feel about it?


Moderator votes are binding, so if elected your open, close, and deletion votes will be final regardless of how many existing votes there are.

How will that affect your decision making process when casting your votes?


Here is a set of general questions, which should've been up when I posted this thread oops, 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?

We've got a few "wedge issues" - mostly over types of "love it or hate it" content, for example:

  • Font identification
  • "How to" questions
  • Critique / feedback questions
  • Broad abstract / "principles" questions
  • Questions about "fringe" or upcoming areas of design
  • Questions about using minority software e.g. Sketch, Krita...
  • ...etc...

What's your plan for these types of question where there's some genuine disagreement and where some people are very positive and others are more negative?

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