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Once in a while, SFF suffers deep disagreements over policy and its usage. For instance, SFF has the Future Works Policy (where implementation is not always straight-forward). As a moderator you have tools to resolve these conflicts (post locks, suspension, and a binding delete the community at large cannot undo). How would you resolve conflicts where the ...


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Thank you both It's not easy moderating this site, but I'm glad that you've both done so to the best of your abilities. It's a shame to see that your interest in this community seems to have dwindled, but I think we can all appreciate your candour in recognising that and stepping down. All the best for your future endeavours!


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Why do you want to be a moderator? This is perhaps related to In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? but that question assumes that the candidate wishes to be more "effective" at whatever it is that the candidate believes 10k or 20k rep users are more "...


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SFF.SE has a mixed reputation among neighbouring sites (such as M&TV, Literature, Arqade, RPG, etc.), sometimes getting a bad rap in their chats, with some of their site regulars having a negative view of SFF and not participating here. Among the many roles a moderator might play is that of an ambassador of the site; what is your view on these inter-site ...


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Yes. In the last couple of weeks, Stack Exchange staff reached out to two of our site's moderators who hadn't done anything on the site for a while. I don't know exactly what happened in those communications, since they were off-site and private between CMs and those individual moderators, but the end result is the removal of the two inactive moderators. As ...


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How do you expect your activity would change if you become a moderator? For example, would you be a more active or less active reviewer (or review differently), spend more time or less time in chat and/or meta (or change the style of your activity there), ... ?


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What do you do now to build the community, rather than your own prestige in the community?


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You disagree publicly with another active/high-rep user about a point of site policy: for example, whether or not a particular question should be closed. How do you decide what to do - take mod action (such as closing/reopening yourself), start a meta discussion, or continue trying to convince the other person? (This is somewhat similar to "How would ...


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What do you consider to be the absolute minimum amount of activity a moderator should contribute to their site as a normal user (e.g. questions/answers/comments/etc), above and beyond their duties as a mod?


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There's a couple of questions here. We'll unpack them one at a time. Should the Story-ID question be closed? I'm going to say no. The book series is certainly arguably on-topic (see below) which to my mind is sufficient to keep the question alive. It's well received and I can't see that there would be any benefit to removing it. Should The Clan of the Cave ...


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Given hypothetical absolute authority,1 what would you want to change about this site? What policies would you introduce, abolish, apply more strictly or more laxly? 1 A real moderator diamond does not confer absolute authority. Terms and conditions apply.


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From @Tars' 2016 election question: As a moderator, your votes become binding. Actions you used to take like flagging, reviewing, closing, and deleting will take effect immediately without any input from any other users or moderators. How will you adapt the way you currently flag and vote to deal with this change?


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What, if any, previous moderator (or similar) experience do you have from a different Stack Exchange site, a different website, and/or the real world (e.g. arbitration)? (This question was also proposed for the 2015 SFF election and the 2016 SFF election.) Of course, previous experience is by no means required (or even necessarily a good thing) but might be ...


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I think your approach is fine. Edit descriptions don't matter all that much. If you're the OP editing your own post, or if you have over 2k rep and can edit anyone's post, most likely nobody will even look at the edit description; you can (and many people do) just leave the default text of "added 74 characters in body" or whatever. The only time ...


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The question could've been worded better, to avoid the trappings of opinion-basedness, but I agree that it should be on topic, as suggested-order questions are in general.


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I wasn't here when this was debated, but the votes of the community are fairly clear that they are accepted. Personally, I agree they are a better fit for meta than the main site and arguably they might squeeze under your first category if you read the parenthetical as examples and not an exhaustive list with no other topics permitted.


6

What are your expectations for the amount of time you would commit to the site as moderator? (During the times you are active, that is; it's perfectly appropriate for that to be 0 when you're on vacation.)


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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 think this is an interesting question from the general 5 and might not be picked with the number of questions already proposed so putting it up to the vote.


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A user makes bump-edits to their posts periodically to bump them back to the top of the homepage. The bump-edits themselves are of a questionable nature and vary on whether or not they have improved the post. How do you handle this situation?


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What's your opinion on edits that at a first glance don't improve much, but do serve a niche purpose (such as tag edits, or adding image descriptions)?


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List of all questions posted as part of this topic challenge Why is the protagonist of "Shortsighted" named Calvin Hobbes? by SQB, 01/06/2021 When is "An Uncivil War in America" set? by SQB, 02/06/2021 ... add entries in the form https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://scifi.stackexchange.com/...


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I remember him well from HB Kid. He was a young man; Cybil S. was just out of her teens and even Eddie Albert was not that old. Time is a heck of a thin.


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I was initially unsure whether the Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children novels would qualify as fantasy or alternate history when I answered the question. It looks like there is currently only one question about the series on the main site, and the Clan of the Cave Bear has only been suggested (incorrectly) once before as answer to a story-identification ...


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If you're a moderator on another community (especially multiple others), how will you balance your time and the quality of moderation on the other site(s) as well as this?


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His art style was unique, beautiful, and will be remembered by all who read his books as children. RIP.


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How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie?


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A user makes a borderline OK answer on a question you've asked or answered. As a moderator you're able to delete posts much more easily than the majority of the community. How do you handle this potential conflict of interest?


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On our site, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding chat. As a moderator, how would you handle complaints about a toxic chat environment; and how would you deal with moderators of other SE sites stepping in to moderate the chat room, and room regulars protest against their presence?


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Over the last few years there has been a downward trend in the number of questions asked each week. Do you see it as your job (as a moderator) to address this, and if so, what fresh ideas will you bring in promoting our site to others and encouraging question-asking?


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Very sad, I'm sure he will be remembered as a great writer with a unique style.


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