The following is a "digest" version of the 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town Hall, containing all the candidate's answers to that question.

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    Thanks for doing this Tim!!! – Josh Feb 9 '12 at 12:16

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Nick T http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/1a71658d81f8a82a8122050f21bb86d3?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Nick T asked: Suppose that someone objects to one of your actions and makes an incensed meta post calling you out. How would you handle this situation?

fredley http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/49a1e7b9c43d40de7f75cc6e93397dcb?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG fredley answered: 1) Explain why I did it, linking to the FAQ as appropriate. 2) Let the community decide.

Ullallulloo http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/fe6922cfe2da1e8fa024c7655804dcad?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Ullallulloo answered: I'd answer it explaining why I did it.

OrigamiRobot http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/45525097ec6dceeba6ed6808e6cef479?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG OrigamiRobot answered: I'll make my motivations clear. If I felt the need for action, I will have a good reason. If they disagree, I welcome a meta post asking for reasoning. That's how user come to understand the rules.

Wipqozn http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/f0b4057ba02f5a30cc91f7ee3640cbf5?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Wipqozn answered: I would make a reply explaining why I did what I did, in a calm and rational manner. If they don't want to listen to what I said, I'd probably notify another mod to handle the situation. I wouldn't continue to discuss things with them if my presence is just making things worse.

Ronan Forman http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/8acdbe5acee59024a513d65a69683ba8?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Ronan Forman answered: I would find out why they thought it was wrong, explain myself and then make a new decision based on the new facts I had.

Oak http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/f7d4d2fea0deac168bc7e00e6d8f1db5?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Oak answered: First, I will stop and re-think my position, and try to understand where that user is coming from. Yes, I know it's not easy to do when things get heated up, but I do believe I decently good at that :) if I'm still sure of my opinion, I will try my best to explain it. If I am a mod I represent the entire community, so I need to convince that user this is what the community decided, not just me.

John http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/95c231233b30e7e7a1e7c0740fe36815?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG John answered: Explain myself, what I did, why I did it, with as many references as possible, let the community decide if I did wrong, and if so, I would do my best to undo it.

agent86 http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/4aa6cd18a44c5f10828833c75f3e5016?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG agent86 answered: This happened, so you don't have to wonder! You can read about it on my nomination, or in this meta post where I responded. I don't like to fight for fighting's sake. I'd usually rather apologize and try to understand the other person's point of view.

Kevin Y http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/9035729a8a3f36156485c82ad1e32904?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Kevin Y answered: Explain why I did what I did (and point to the FAQ in case points outlined by the FAQ are the cause for the objection).


Nick T http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/1a71658d81f8a82a8122050f21bb86d3?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Nick T asked: Should the scope of questions on this site be narrowed to gameplay-only (no plot, ITG) or similar?

Ronan Forman http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/8acdbe5acee59024a513d65a69683ba8?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Ronan Forman answered: No, I think it's putting the medium down to say the only thing it brings is gameplay, that's like saying we should limit the writers site to words the rhyme.

Ullallulloo http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/fe6922cfe2da1e8fa024c7655804dcad?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Ullallulloo answered: No, I think those can have good answers too. Sci-Fi works and it's almost entirely the former, and the later has been argued a lot, and I still think that they can work.

fredley http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/49a1e7b9c43d40de7f75cc6e93397dcb?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG fredley answered: No, we have a good variety of questions, and a lot of interesting questions about game-lore etc (see ). We don't need to change this

Mark Trapp http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/ef8d7a735c5ec71cb59105872900187b?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Mark Trapp answered: While I'd like to see ITG questions go away, I don't think limiting it to "gameplay only" tenable for a site about Gaming.

Wipqozn http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/f0b4057ba02f5a30cc91f7ee3640cbf5?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Wipqozn answered: Not at all. Their is more to games than just "How do I beat level X?"

Oak http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/f7d4d2fea0deac168bc7e00e6d8f1db5?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Oak answered: Nope.

John http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/95c231233b30e7e7a1e7c0740fe36815?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG John answered: Long term, I would favor getting rid of ITG, but I see no problem with plot questions, provided there is an answer (which, admittedly, is sometimes hard to determine. And then we're led into "What if there's no answer? Is "You can't" acceptable?" Hm, maybe I do see a problem. This warrants further debate).

agent86 http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/4aa6cd18a44c5f10828833c75f3e5016?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG agent86 answered: I think there are some good, interesting questions in the plot/lore department that are interesting to people and a good fit for the site. However, there's a lot of bad. I don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I do think we need to be careful with these types of questions.

Kevin Y http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/9035729a8a3f36156485c82ad1e32904?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG Kevin Y answered: I think plot-related and ITG questions are fine for the site.


Gilles Gilles asked: You disagree strongly with a fellow moderator's stance on some issue. How do you plan to handle that issue?

fredley fredley answered: Post in meta, let the community decide.

Ronan Forman Ronan Forman answered: Dicussion, discussion, probably in meta, if all else fails, fight to the death.

OrigamiRobot OrigamiRobot answered: Simple. Talk about it with them either in a private chat or in meta (whichever is more appropriate for the given situation)

Ullallulloo Ullallulloo answered: Raise a meta post to get the input of the community.

Mark Trapp Mark Trapp answered: No holds barred cage match. Or discuss it with him or her in chat. Most issues can be dealt with amicably.

Wipqozn Wipqozn answered: I'd handle it the same way I would handle a disagreeance with any other user: I'd talk to them about it, and make a meta if required.

Oak Oak answered: Talk, talk and talk some more :) also ask feedback from other users, through chat or meta. Mods do not live in an isolated world.

John John answered: Assuming we really can't work it out, I would ask another mod(s) to intervene or I would post on Meta.

agent86 agent86 answered: As I said before, I think the moderation team needs to have a unified front whenever possible. I'm willing to put aside my personal feelings if the consensus among the mods or the community is that I'm incorrect on a subject. Taking a step backwards and considering the issue on a larger scale usually convinces me that most disagreements are pretty trivial, and not worth being divisive over.

Kevin Y Kevin Y answered: Speak with them in chat and resolve said issue.


Grace Note Grace Note asked: For those candidates once you have made it through all of the onslaught by this closing time, final parting thoughts?

Ronan Forman Ronan Forman answered: Please remember to adjust your votes after this, or it's all pointless.

fredley fredley answered: I'm not going to win this year (unless all the other candidates mysteriously disappear), but it's been great to discuss the "Big Issues" facing Gaming.SE, as always.

Ullallulloo Ullallulloo answered: ^ this

Mark Trapp Mark Trapp answered: Thanks for the great questions, and may the best candidate win!

OrigamiRobot OrigamiRobot answered: I cannot hold a candle to some of this competition, but it was great to see how I would deal with the issues that this community cares about. I will use this to become a better candidate for the next election. As I said in my nomination, I think I have the potential to be a great mod, but there are some obviously better choices here. If there is anything else you want to ask me, please do so.

agent86 agent86 answered: SO MUCH TYPING, holy moly. I think as with any new job, becoming moderator would yield a period of time wherein I get "trained" on my new responsibilities. I expect to go into this in "learn and absorb" mode. I've always been pretty fast at this sort of thing though, so I hope you guys elect me so that I can start helping even more.


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