In connection with the moderator elections, and this should've gone up last night but it was overlooked while I was working on methods to automate doing this, natch, 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 27th 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.

  • The current PF&M election shows 2 moderator positions available. Does that mean the site is moving to to a total of 4 moderators? (Also curious about: if there are <= 2 candidates that nominate themselves for this election, is there still voting involved?) Apr 24, 2015 at 12:20
  • Yes, there will be 4 moderators. If we don't get enough candidates by the time the next phase starts, though, we extend the nomination phase - there needs to be enough volunteers that actually people can vote on.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 24, 2015 at 13:03

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Similar to this question for the StackOverflow moderator election:

An asker flags their own question and says that they need to delete it because it reveals personal information about them that they don't want to make public any more. There are several good answers on that question. What do you do?

I don't know if this issue has ever actually come up on this site but it's a fairly regular occurrence on another site I help moderate.

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    This issue has come up here a couple of times. Apr 22, 2015 at 14:39
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    And I got a community mod to anonymize the question. Question stayed, attribution gone. Apr 22, 2015 at 19:27

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?

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