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1:36 PM
What are the tasks that a moderator has that a normal user who's "moderating" the site can't do (vote, review queues, edit, review tags)?
How long can a moderator spend per day doing moderator specific tasks on GDSE?
Are the current moderators acting like a team? Do you expect the new moderators to be team players, or are they expected to be able to "work" on their own?
 
2:21 PM
Moderators can do almost anything without peer review, that is, unilaterally; we can close stuff with one vote, we can edit things without approval, et cetera. This is particularly useful for tag handling, as we can create synonyms without needing to have a certain rep in the tag or get it approved.
There are also things regular users can't do at all, like edit close reasons, certain parts of the help center or election text, and redact edits. Some of those things do require approval from other moderators.
Most importantly, we can see a lot more information about users which is useful for tracking down offenders and policing certain behavior, and can suspend/warn users. We can also lock questions.
You could spend all day on the site doing moderator stuff, but most people don't. I've handled about 22 flags in the last month, for example. Most of my activity is concentrated on short, five-to-ten minute bursts of time through the day going through the flag backlog.
That's probably because nothing in particular is going on right now, though. During the times we were conducting a big project, like tag reworks, I can find myself spending most of my free time on it.
I think we work well as a team, both the GDSE moderators and the rest of the SE mods in general. There is a private chat for the GDSE moderators that we use to coordinate when we need to (although there hasn't been anything happening that seriously warranted that in a while, except coordination of the election).
And all of the SE mods are usually willing to help explain some aspect of the job to a new moderator who has questions. I would expect the new moderators to have questions to ask during their first few days but eventually, unless something is going on, we mostly handle the site flags and minor issues independently.
 
2:38 PM
@JoshPetrie Thanks!
 
 
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4:25 PM
Thanks! I'd caught this in bits and pieces elsewhere, but having it summarized all in one place gives me a lot more confidence. :)
I'm curious, is the unilateral action automatic? ie. is every close vote from a mod a unilateral close vote? Or do you have the option to cast a regular vote in situations where you want to suggest an action, but want to gauge community consensus rather than force it?
 
@DMGregory No option to cast a regular vote.
 
@DMGregory You can flag I guess :P
And if you "leave open" from the review queue, the question is removed from the review queue (without removing the close votes on the question, so it could still be closed by the community).
 
@AlexandreVaillancourt Some mod flags automatically take actions as well.
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Q: Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote

Andreas BoniniI think moderators should have the ability to cast a normal, non binding close and open vote like they were a normal user (while of course retaining their ability to cast a binding vote where necessary). This can be used in "grey areas" where a moderator can choose to give his or her opinion, bu...

 
Got it, thanks for the clarification. So I guess, when in doubt, skip.
 
@Noctrine So if you flag to close, it will close the question?
@DMGregory And check the highest close vote question list from the moderator tools :)
 
4:33 PM
I don't generally use the close flags, but IIRC they pipe directly into the close options.
In the past when there was something that I thought should be closed, but didn't feel strongly enough about I'd post it in chat.
 
Good advice, thank you.
 
 
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6:46 PM
Question: does anyone get to vote on the election?
 
> Any community member with 150 reputation may vote in the election. Each voter may select up to three candidates. Please make your selections in order of preference, with the most desirable candidate as first choice.
 
@AlexandreVaillancourt ok
 

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