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Four could be helpful for the situation mentioned in this comment: Yep, mxyzplk and I are often on the same wavelength (enough that the times we aren't can stand out), but we're also keenly aware that a mental monoculture in the mod team is undesirable for the site. I'm personally looking forward to the stable instability that is magic number 3. – ...


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I think it's obvious that we need more. More than two, that is. It's obvious, because you two (@mxyzplk and @SevenSidedDie) say so. There might be other possible signs that a third was needed, I don't know. Your say-so is sufficient, by my thinking. It's not obvious that we need four. I think that having another perspective in the conversation will be good. ...


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I'm in agreement with the ideas floated thus far--it doesn't sound like we're sure there's a need for four modsworth of effort, but given the current team makeup we might need four mods if we want to be sure of three diverse perspectives at the elected table. This leads me to a concern. It's been clearly established, I think, that elected mods doing too ...


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As a moderator, how would you respond to learning that a user, or group of users, feels unfairly treated by another moderator? What steps would you take to learn their complaints, verify them, and what would you do with them if you felt they were valid or invalid, respectively?


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We've read your concerns and we've been discussing how to respond internally. TL;DR: Yeah, the situation was messy, but it was messier than that. We're sorry you weren't fully informed; we didn't see a way to fully inform the community about what was going on. I'll explain below. We don't have plans to expand to a fifth moderator slot currently. The ...


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In terms of working relationship, the current moderation team has a good level of alignment — and a lack of diversity. In what ways do you see your skills and philosophy complementing the skills and philosophy of the existing (and future) moderators? In what ways do you see your moderatorship aligning? In other words, what about yourself do you expect to ...


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There's nothing particularly magical about the number 5. A long-serving mod retired recently and we three thought that a deeper bench of experienced moderators would be good to have in the community, as other mods may choose to retire with little notice. -doppelgreener, nitsua60, and mxyzplk


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First of all: Thanks, mxyzplk, for serving as a mod! I may never have remembered how to spell your username without looking it up, but I did appreciate the hard work put into the site by you, SevenSidedDie, nitsua60, and doppelgreener. Hope you stick around the site and keep making it a better place! Half the mod team being changed feels like a big deal. On ...


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As a moderator, how would you respond to learning that a user, or group of users, feels unfairly treated by another moderator? What steps would you take to learn their complaints, validate them, and what would you do with them if you felt they were valid or invalid, respectively? KRyan's excellent question from the 2015 collection


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What is your view on current moderation policy on this site? Is there anything in particular you disagree with? If so, why? How would you reconcile this with needing to work with existing moderators? Copying Wibbs’s excellent question from the 2015 election.


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There's a lot of talk about "perspectives" and "diversity" regarding moderator composition, and I'd like to share my thoughts on the subject because it recently (about five minutes ago) became clear to me that people may be meaning VERY different things when we talk about these ideas. Here's where I'm coming from: When I think about what's valuable in "a ...


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Being a moderator is a customer service/public relations job for which there is little to no extrinsic motivation. You will invest hours of your free time dealing with the worst the internet has to offer, and we expect you to do it with a patient demeanor and a smile. What is your motivation for candidacy, or in short - why do you want this job? Stolen ...


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How will you, as a moderator, react to community consensus that you disagree with? How will you, as a moderator, handle issues on which the community has failed to reach consensus, particularly when you personally favor one particular side in the debate?


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We've asked Grace Note to give us two election slots, for a total of four mods. After this consultation with the community we heard ideas for and against 3 and 4, but the overall sense we got from you all collectively was “eh, either is fine and maybe four would be useful, but we don't see a clear and present need for more than three.” It's good to know ...


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What is your view on current moderation policy on this site? Is there anything in particular you disagree with? If so, why? How would you reconcile this with needing to work with existing moderators? Wibbs' excellent question from the 2015 collection


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How will you, as a moderator, react to community consensus that you disagree with? How will you, as a moderator, handle issues on which the community has failed to reach consensus, particularly when you personally favor one particular side in the debate? KRyan's excellent question from the 2017 collection


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Ah, so mxy is stepping down. I suspected that was in the cards. 1. Grats Rubiksmoose and V2Blast. We are in good hands. 2. Thanks, mxyzplk, for your long service at this stack ... ... and for volunteering your time in the efforts of achieving the goal of a good site with a good SNR. More on that later. We already have a thank you thread for Seven. ...


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Thanks all! My first action as robot overlord will be to crush your hopes and dreams.


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What is your view on current moderation policy on this site? Is there anything in particular you disagree with? If so, why? How would you reconcile this with needing to work with existing moderators?


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Sometimes, we end up with multiple mid-to-high rep users arguing over a question, or a meta policy, or something else that happened on the site. These arguments can often range all over the site: from meta posts, to chat, to the main site. As a mod, what would you do to defuse arguments among users in good standing?


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Becoming a new moderator can be daunting, but is also a big opportunity. What are you worried or fearful about in your transition to becoming a moderator, and is there anything you're looking forward to? Is there anything we can do to help support you in those areas should you be elected as a new moderator?


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Data.StackExchange.com has a lot of very useful tools for doing things like this. This meta.SE post has the general calculation and query, but for a specific one for RPG you can use this query and all you need is your user id which can be found in your profile link (for example mine is 33161). Your score using this query would be 24 out of 40.


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As a moderator, how would you respond to learning that a user, or group of users, feels unfairly treated by another moderator? What steps would you take to learn their complaints, validate them, and what would you do with them if you felt they were valid or invalid, respectively?


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I’m not a mod anymore but I can speak to the 2017 election and discussion and the lead-up to the latest election. Stack Exchange generally consults with and defers to the moderator team about how many moderators there should be. It’s more about what the team feels the need for than anything else. The process is pretty much that a CM drops by the mod chat ...


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What practices at RPGSE do you see working particularly poorly, possibly hampering high-quality Q&A or harming community?


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We have a problem here, occasionally, when a new user will ask a question that doesn't quite fit our format, and thus gets put on hold very quickly. This often leads to the new user feeling unfairly targeted and leaving the stack soon after. As a mod, what would you do to help improve these new user's questions while still encouraging them to stay on the ...


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What presence, if any, do you have, or would plan to have if you became a moderator, on the main Meta? Would you be willing and able to help RPG push for things there?


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We have only three diamond mods here on RPG.SE, @BrianBallsunStanton, @CRoss, and myself, but we have a lot of moderators - you, the rest of the community. As long as everyone understands that it's their job to help moderate the site as well, and understand the abilities they get along with their rep, I think we have enough manpower - if one of us calls for ...


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Unofficial Answer: We probably merit 5 moderators based on the size of the stack. Our stack gets about 18 questions/day and about 73k visits/day. Some other stacks for comparison: Super User: 217 questions/day, 711k visits/day => 9 moderators English Language Learners: 56 questions/day, 141k visits/day => 5 moderators Database Administrators: 36 ...


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Congrats to @dopplegreener and @nitsua60, and thanks to all the candidates, voters, and our Community Moderator team for participating in the election in their various ways.


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