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- Do you think that the current policy of "delete-on-sight (with a comment)" for low quality answers should continue? What, if any, changes would you make / suggest?
I don't think it should continue, especially if the poster is new to the site. If they're new, then I think it would seem a bit annoying to them to see their answer deleted immediately. Although the helpful comments are posted, it doesn't seem nice - and getting new users, especially experienced users, is always a great thing! If after a few hours it hasn't been changed, then i would delete it, but that might not be easy right now, as there aren't any tools keep track.
If, on the other hand, the user is not new, and has posted good-quality questions/answers before, then the chance of them editing is much greater, and less hassle for them -- they can just edit the post.
- What do you think this site's biggest challenge is? (E.g. post quality or quantity, too many/few closures/deletion, bad tools/guidance, etc.) What do you think should be done about it (by anybody: moderators, users in general, Stack Exchange staff, ...)?
The biggest challenge is to make sure we keep up our great post quality, and we shouldn't sacrifice it to get a few more answers/questions. The community just needs to keep as it has been doing, flagging and voting to delete bad content.
- 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?
I don't think this site has actually seen such a user, yet. However, if such a user was to appear, I would take action. That may be either messaging them (in chat), or sending a mod message, or if it's happened before, suspending them, because that one user is not the only person in the world who can post good answers. However, I think an agreement between the mods is also important, and to listen to their views, and talk to each other about the user, so I would do that first.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?
It's always possible that I miss something in a question, or another mod (or user) misses something. So, the first thing I would do is talk to that moderator, tell them why I think the question deserves to remain open/be undeleted, and see the response. If they reply with good arguments (or things that I simply missed when reading the question), then I'll be fine!
Of course, I wouldn't do anything if it's clear the community as a whole agrees with the mod (closure or deletion after other votes from other people/closure or deletion from a meta discussion)
- This site has the lowest proportion of questions with an upvoted answer. What do you think the cause is? Is this a problem, and if so what should we do about it?
The cause is because we insist on high-quality questions, with requirements. So some questions just aren't answerable because such a software/library/etc.. doesn't exist, or that we don’t have users with certain experience the question requires on the site. I don't think it's a problem, because no answer is better than a one-liner answer that might as well be a simple Google search. I think it's good that our questions are such high-quality and of course, I hope that they are answered in the future, but we shouldn't sacrifice a statistic for quality.
- You close a question that's clearly off-topic and the user comes to Meta, not to ask what they did wrong, say you're a [mean word here]. How do you react?
If the user has been repeatedly doing that, I'd have a quick talk with other mods, and probably suspend them. But if it's the first time, I'd give them a genuine explanation on why their question was wrong, and point them to useful meta discussions. I wouldn't really talk about the [mean word] or reply to the insult; I'd just talk about the question.
- A moderator's votes are binding (aka „Thor's hammer“: if a mod votes to close, no other has to agree – the post is closed immediately). Will that change your voting behavior? Will you vote more/less/different?
I think it will. It may be less than I currently do, because the community needs to agree that the question is off-topic. But I will still VTC on sight any questions that are duplicates/obviously off-topic or simply way too broad for the site. I would also VTC if I see other users have already done so (eg.
close (3) or similar), because I can see the community agrees -- all I would do is make it quicker!
- Similarly, 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?
Good, if anything. The diamond can help, especially in guiding new users, as it shows them that you can be trusted (not saying everybody else isn't!) and I have a feeling they're more likely to listen to you. As for my past contributions, I don't really mind; I've probably said some weird or stupid things in the past, but that probably would have still happened if I was a mod at that time.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
They 'police' the site, stepping in by taking action on flags or on users. They help the community out as a whole, and step in. In fact, I think the Theory of Moderation article sums it up pretty nicely: Moderators are human exception handlers.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
They can take action on users and posts quicker, so closing obviously bad questions, deleting bad content, which I wouldn't be able to do with 10k or 20k :(