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.

This is an alternative form of the Town Hall Chat system we've done in previous elections, we're trying some new things to test out how a different approach works.

This thread's purpose was to collect questions for the Q&A, which I'm happy to say we've chosen all of the provided questions. You can find the actual Q&A here: 2013 Moderator Election Q&A

Here's how it'll work.

  • For the first 48 hours after the nomination phase ends in the election (so, until March 27th at 20:00:00Z UTC, or 4:00 pm EDT on the same day), 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.
  • We, the Community Team, will be providing a small selection of generic questions (which I will include as an answer) of our own. These are mostly drawn from previous Town Hall Chats that we have run, questions that are asked very often.
  • This is a perfect opportunity to voice questions that are specific to your community and issues that you are running into at current.
  • After the 48 hours are completed, this question will be closed from further submissions of questions. We will review the questions that were submitted and select some portion of them to present alongside our general questions as a new Q&A thread which moderator candidates will be posting their answers.

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

  • why is the question still not closed?
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 10:01
  • @Dirty-flow Just a minor misstep due to events that happened yesterday. Working on it now.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 15:36

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Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election.

  • 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?
  • 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?

How would you deal with situations arising from community differences on questions / answers related to disputed geographic territories?

To explain the above, Travel Stack Exchange is in a unique position in the Stack Exchange network of sites because it gets questions related to politically volatile or disputed regions. These can tend to have loaded implications for many community members. How will you best defuse a situation such as these?


How would you deal with questions that overlap with The Great Outdoors or Bicycles Stack Exchange?

One of the trickier situations we have as a community is that questions asked here on Travel Stack Exchange sometimes overlap with the remit of other Stack Exchange sites, specifically The Great Outdoors (for camping / hiking) or Bicycles (for cycling). How will you distinguish situations where these questions need to be migrated or allowed to remain here?


How would you handle with off-topic questions? Close them immediately and reopen if they get improved or give some time to the OP to improve it?


Were you always happy with the pro tem moderators? Is there anything you think you could do better?

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