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George's answers @grgarside 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? No one is exempt from being nice. Thankfully, inappropriate behaviour is something rarely seen here (separate from spam, which is something Ask Different suffers heavily ...


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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? My first point of call would be to touch base with our existing moderators. I’d want to know what precedent has been established for this type of scenario. I’d be surprised if there isn’t one, but if that ...


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Here are my (Glorfindel's) answers to your questions: 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? Be Nice is very important to the success of Stack Exchange; more important than posting good answers (or questions, for that matter). I'd remind ...


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Congrats Ian, patrix! I look forward to seeing the ♦ next to your names, and for things to continue to be awesome with you on-board! Now that we have an overseas mod, I'm going to have to find another time to fill in the moderation gaps. God knows most of my overnight flag handling was taking action on patrix, stuffe, bassplayer, and some other regulars' ...


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Just to answer this and summarize what already came up in the comments: Different SE sites have different number of moderators, there is no fixed number of moderator slots. The size of the moderator team is primarily driven by the overall workload of moderating the site (which again depends on the activity level of the site itself, the number of higher-rep ...


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Thank you to the Stack Exchange team for running this election so smoothly and for working so hard to schedule the forum at a time that worked for so many of the candidates and site participants. Congratulations to the new mods. Thanks to all the candidates who ran.


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Some of what you ask isn’t exposed to any end user whether you’re a new user or trusted user with 20k rep or an elected moderator. However, most of that data is already available from the periodic data dumps and Stack Exchange data explorer interface. Comments are trivial to look at: http://data.stackexchange.com/apple/query/947/my-comment-score-...


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The places to learn more about mod candidates are the Q&A here on Meta and the Election chat room where all the candidates answer questions thrown at them. Please keep in mind that the site is primarily community moderated, so the individual voting pattern of mods isn't very important. Even their casting of close votes isn't as important nowadays, ...


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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? First, I would contact the user to see what's up. If he is in violation of the "Be Nice" policy, and is coming off as just plain rude, I will probably issue a temporary suspension. However, if the user's ...


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Grace Note asked: What is one contribution you feel demonstrates that you can be a good moderator? Ian C. answered: My participation in content that is not my own is strictly high road. View my flag and comment and edit history and you'll see I'm interested in making things better, but not at the expense of other people. I understand human interaction ...


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I'd like to quote from a comment I put on my nomination: "[...]so I hope that the Town Hall chats offer a fair chance for every participant to actually participate, taking into account geographical and timezone discrepancies. AskDifferent is not just an American website for Americans. As of the time of this comment, 3 of the 6 nominations are from Europe, ...


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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 ...


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As a moderator, your votes become binding. Actions you used to take like flagging, closing, and deleting will take effect immediately without any input from any other users or moderators. How will you adapt the way you currently flag and vote to deal with this change? (taken from https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/220332/193295)


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How would you handle situations involving less than warm welcomes given to new users? For example, a new user posts a well written first question consisting of a clearly defined problem statement, admission of a high level of domain ignorance, and a request for the proper solution methodology, but no actual attempts to tackle the problem. Said question ...


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Daniel Lawson asked: What is your best and worst case scenario for how this community will change as a result of this election? Ian C. answered: best case: membership and content continues to grow with only a light amount of intervention from the moderation team. That's the hallmark of a healthy, community-driven Q&A site IMO. Worst case: we end up ...


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bmike asked: Are you willing to have your mistakes publicly discussed, analyzed, criticized (sometimes confrontationally and quite personally)? Ian C. answered: yes. Are they not already? :) Emil answered: If I'm willing, yes. If I'd feel comfortable about it, probably not, but that's how people are built – public critisism sucks, but you jut suck it ...


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As a user of this site, what would you say is the number one issue we face moving forward? And, do you have any thoughts on how we tackle that issue?


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Since being a moderator requires you to commit a significant amount of your time, as well as having to perform a number of mundane activities, I am wondering why you've nominated for this role? What is it you feel you have to offer that makes you worthy of our trust?


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In addition to moderation activities (e.g. dealing with flagged posts, deleting spam, etc), what other role do you see that moderators can play to improve the overall success of our community?


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If there is one thing you could/would like to change in the way the site is moderated, what would it be?


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A question is asked and receives some very good answers. The asker then flags this question and asks for it to be deleted because having it up will cause them trouble at work or school. Do you delete the question? (taken from https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/289454/1088558)


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Daniel Lawson asked: What will you do when you see another moderator take an action you disagree with? bassplayer7 answered: Absolutely not a problem. If another mod does something I disagree with, I completely understand. Everyone has differing opinions and that is perfectly fine. bassplayer7 continued: I am just great for the other moderator to do ...


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Grace Note asked: Final thoughts from the candidates? Emil answered: I'm repeating myself here, but in my opinion, it is important to not only have moderators with reputation exceeding multiple thousands, but also some underqualified, new users who are capable of learning along the way. patrix answered: That chat was even more fun than I expected it to ...


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Grace Note asked: Of the other candidates, who is the one user you think would be most qualified for the position of moderator, and why? bassplayer7 answered: @patrix. High helpful flag count, lots of post reviewing, and active member on the site. stuffe answered: There are no rules of qualification that you can subjectively measure. If you did, we ...


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Daniel Lawson asked: Can you pass a Turing test? Why would it be a problem if a moderator could not be distinguished from an AI bot? Emil answered: I don't even know what that is. Ian C. answered: Ever scream at phone help system that asks you to guide it with voice prompts? That's not how humans like to interact. Communication via keyboard is always ...


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Grace Note asked: 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? Ian C. answered: (and the questions get harder!) I'd address it 1:1 with them. "Your contributions are valued. Could you tone down the <whatever behaviour that was leading to the flags&...


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Tim Stone asked: Is there anything about the way the site is currently run that you would like to change? If so, what would you try to change if you were to become a moderator, and why? bassplayer7 answered: Nope, I like the way it is currently being run. A wiki question here and there, but mostly good normal questions. Ian C. answered: the only things ...


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Emil asked: How would you respond to a rollback/edit war? patrix answered: The first time I would ask the more experienced moderators for help. If none is around I would probably add a comment to try to steer the discussion back to facts or wait a few minutes to see whether one of involved users looses interest. Caleb answered: A full on war? Lock the ...


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Grace Note asked: What do you believe is or will be your biggest weakness or shortcoming as a moderator? Ian C. answered: I am worried about the amount of time I'll be able to spend performing the duties. Also: I've switched jobs to a Windows-based shop which means I'm not as on top of the Mac tech, it's an "at home" tech for me now. Caleb answered: ...


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Grace Note asked: In your opinion, what do moderators do? patrix answered: Moderators make this site an even better place. Primarily I see the moderator role as the curator of the questions and answers on the site as well as a well-meaning "dictator" in keeping the site on-topic but still fun to use and visit. In addition they help new users to get used ...


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