Specifically, if a candidate spots a troubled question, they may endeavor to understand the intent behind the troubled question, rather than rapidly choosing to close that question.
This is something all members of the community could be doing. Anyone can suggest an edit, those with 2K reputation don't need approval. Anyone with over 50 reputation can ...
I've been struggling to find the right words to express how I feel about this. For years now this site has been a second home to me. A place to learn and show off. A place to conect. A place to dwell. A place that you watched over.
I learned so much here because you made sure this place was about it's subject. You helped rename it. You helped redefine what ...
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Good timing! We actually just reviewed Programmers to see if we were going to spin off another election.
While we agree that the current moderators are doing a great job, after looking at the growth of the site and how the workload is split across the current team, we scheduled an election for one more moderator.
The nomination period starts on February 18,...
Your question was closed by five regular users, so I fail to see how the moderators have anything to do with that. ChrisF commented:
Is this a problem that's unique to software developers? Doesn't the situation also apply to other professions? Check the FAQ for more information on our target audience and where your question should be aimed.
To which you ...
Why should we let four people serve as P.SE moderators indefinitely?
Why not? Are you worried about burnout? Do you feel the current moderators are doing a poor job?
We're not particularly interested in holding periodic elections just for the fun of it. It's a big distraction and tends to stir up pointless drama. Not that I don't enjoy a bit of pointless ...
I believe you are referring to this question.
Programmers is not a forum for the discussion of new ideas. This is a question and answer site, designed for people who are facing a current problem or dilemma to get the answer to their problem from experts in the field of software development.
What you posted was not a question at all - there was nothing to ...
Moderating is a very subjective activity. Some candidates may feel that they can uphold the programmers.se charter, but do it in a way that differs from the way that the incumbents do it today. Specifically, if a candidate spots a troubled question, they may endeavor to understand the intent behind the troubled question, rather than rapidly choosing to close ...
Mark - I accuse you of making Programmers the place it is now.
I blame you for making it too attractive to me.
Without you, there could be so much more GTKY, resume advice and workplace questions, so that I could happily hang elsewhere, without breaking my mind over complicated conceptual topics that flood P.SE now.
Guilty as charged...
As ChrisF already mentioned you were never suspended by a moderator. We send you a message on Oct 9 expressing concerns about your questions, but that was just a friendly warning.
The automatic question block, that we have absolutely no control over, kicked in at the same time. While the mod message did not trigger the question block, since the two events ...
Although you don't have any deleted recent questions, you do have 7 deleted questions out of 10 questions asked. Your net score on questions is also negative.
Your questions are:
https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/386672/example-for-nfr-table-for-data-confidentiality (self deleted)
Moderators are supposed to be human exception handlers. If there's something on the site that you as a regular user can't deal with - either alone (e.g. by editing) or in conjunction with other users (e.g. voting to close) then that's the time to flag it for moderator attention.
That's all there is too it.
The specific moderator who handles your flag might ...
Your account was never suspended by a moderator.
If you are getting the message:
Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account
then this is an automatic process which we cannot affect.
Please read this Meta Stack Overflow question and it's answers to guide you on what you can do to get the ban lifted.
From our FAQ:
Why are some questions or answers removed?
Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators.
Over time, closed questions that are not useful as signpoints to other questions may also be removed, as well as questions which have no significant activity ...
Flag any of the user's comments for moderation attention, and explain the situation. Make sure to point out that there are other comments and provide the user's handle, they can take it from there. Flagging all the user's comments will also make the moderators aware of the behaviour, but describing the situation is obviously quicker.
But if all comments are ...
You asked a purely programming question way back when which was:
No longer visible for you to edit
Unsalvageable - there's no way you could have improved that post to make it on-topic and had it restored, even if you could have found it easily to edit.
Since you've obviously got a grasp of why we have the automatic blocks and what we hope they will ...
First, let me say Robert did not really answer your question (and I don't mean the fact he only used the comment sections):
The comment to your first bullet point gives just a starter for an idea of one possible solution, but I would not call this an answer.
The comment to your second bullet point tells you very clearly why this part of the question is ...
I wasn't a user back when the elections where held, but our first ever discussion today was certainly pleasant and informative, what I'd expect from a moderator.
This "question" remained "unanswered" for far too long!
do any of the moderator candidates intend to moderate differently than the incumbents
Well to me above is not of a major importance thing. My primary expectations of moderator actions are as expressed in one of the answers at "big" Meta:
something that a mod needs to develop by themselves - quick, competent and independent judgement of a situation
The question was flagged for moderator review, suggesting migration. I reviewed the flag and the question and determined that the question was indeed on-topic for this community. I dismissed the flag as being invalid, removed the comments suggesting migration or cross-posting (no comments should suggest cross-posting across the network anyway), and also ...
Flagging the comments is the right way to go.
I kind of took a shotgun approach to this and just purged comments on most answers.
The fact that (nearly) every answer generated extended discussion is a sign that the question itself is a poor fit for Q&A and should perhaps be closed.
Periodic elections allows revalidation that the moderation direction is something that the community at large is happy with. If the community wants a change, they can vote the mods out. If the community likes them, the mods stay.
While I am positive this has downsides, I think it generates considerably more confidence in the system.