2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
@ r b-j
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?
if there was no personal verbal abuse in the answers (that might be the salient cause of the flags), i would leave the valuable answers as is and just respond to the flaggers.
if there is abuse, i would ask the user to remove it. if the user does not remove it, i would consult the site guidelines for exactly what criteria constitutes prohibited abuse and if the answer qualifies as such, i would delete the entire answer even if there was something valuable in it. if the questionable language does not meet the criteria of prohibited abuse, i might consider editing it like i would consider editing spelling, grammar, or sloppy math in someone's answer. (people will likely complain about my informal internet grammar taken after e.e. cummings or DSPer and windows authority fred harris.)
How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?
bring it up with him/her. possibly make it a meta question. i would not have an edit war with the moderator. i really doubt i would have such a problem with any of the other candidates here. i know PeterK from the comp.dsp days.
In your opinion, what do moderators do?
i will answer that in the negative.
what moderators should not do is follow the example of the moderators at the Christianity SE site. if it is possible, one can check out my experience at that site. i have answered questions honestly, sincerely, and with some knowledge that lies outside of mainstream Christianity. most of my answers were identified as "low-quality" (as they were quickly down-voted) and deleted immediately by moderators although i hadn't attacked anyone (but maybe challenged an answer or gave an alternative way of thinking). i resisted this openly until i was banned for a year. i patiently waited the year out, returned to the site, and the very same thing has happened again. i got no help from the overall SE governance. these moderators at the Christiany SE site are decidedly authoritarian and abusive. it's a very sad SE site and in my opinion (so take if for what it is worth) with a lot of irrelevant and silly questions (and answers) about unimportant and goofy trivia that is usually quite sectarian.
now here at dsp.se, the topic matter is much more objective and if there is something clearly false mathematically or physically (like someone claims his 1 THz DSP chip can process a million 1024K-point FFTs in a microsecond), i will take that on if no one else does. if someone claims that they can do pitch detection of a musical note down to 2 octaves below middle C with a delay of only 4 milliseconds, i will take that on if no one else does. but i won't delete the posts. and if someone offers ideas that are unorthodox and that seem to contradict common practice, those posts should remain and be engaged, respectfully. if someone misunderstands or misuses semantics, i will try to point out what the common accepted semantic is. but i will not delete the post.
so i would let dsp.se be a little more of a free-for-all but not as much as comp.dsp. no blatant commercial advertising in the form of an "answer" (and i have not seen such at all), no blatant personal abuse (i have not seen blatant abuse, but i have seen some people skirting abuse with mathematical dick wagging), blatantly incorrect or misleading answers get engaged (with a correction) but not deleted, and pretty much all else is left alone. perhaps i might offer answers or comments if it's something i know anything about.
moderators should discuss privately moderation issues with involved actors, but never in an authoritarian manner. no one should be banned for offering a bunch of "low quality" answers.
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?
i have almost no opinion. i have never been particularly big on titles like "Dr." or "PhD." i represent myself and my opinions are my own, not those of Stack Exchange. i also represent the organization and any abuse of authority by myself or anyone else with a "diamond" should be dealt with by those who own the site. "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one." this is not my press. it's not my media, i recognize it, and i am grateful for it.
In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
i doubt i will ever reach 10K or 20K. i'll probably be pushing daisies before then.