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10:52 AM
Hey @RandiVertongen @Johnakahot2use @MaxVernon (the currently declared candidates) I have a question for you all. Can you name one general SO/SE network policy (e.g. anything tagged "faq" on main meta) you disagree with? Or that you think should be applied differently on our site? Why?
11:03 AM
If there's nothing in the "faq" you would apply differently as a dba mod, is there anything about current site moderation you disagree with and would do differently?
11:22 AM
Oh that's a good question
12:11 PM
always with the hard questions, hey @Paul :-)
In my day-to-day interactions with meta and dba.se there aren't any posts in the FAQ tags that I've found so far that I disagree with. Of course, I'm still absorbing some of the posts that I hadn't seen before. As for my opinion about the current moderation at work on dba.se, I find very very little disagreeable in the conduct or manner of moderation being conducted.
All three current moderators have conducted themselves in a manner consistent with the stated ideals of the site; they've been fair, impartial judges when needed and great mentors when needed.
1:07 PM
@MaxVernon So there's no SO/SE network policy you disagree with at all? Nothing, no stand on any issue you want to make clear before being elected moderator?
@PaulWhite hey don't nail me to a cross or anything. I'm still reading :-) also, there are probably some things I don't like about how mods have been treated this year, but that's mostly outside the purview of your question above.
😀 no rush
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3:41 PM
@PaulWhite I looked at all 156 questions, and can say I can't see anything listed there that riles the cockles of my heart too deeply. Perhaps there is something direct you'd like to address?
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6:26 PM
@PaulWhite I would say the current moderation performed by you and Cole is exemplar, and seems in my esteem to be very fair and well though out. So, in short, there is nothing that I would seek to change in the format or method of the current moderation in place. Clearly, an effective quorum cannot reliably consist of an even number of parties, which I imagine is the reason SO is holding this election.
7:15 PM
I have one faq that I never quite understood. It was the one on the ability to comment (or not).
Q: Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?

PekkaUsers with less than 50 reputation points cannot write comments on questions and answers that they don't own. Why does this limit exist? But I want to contribute now. What should I do instead? But I can't write a good answer without more information! Shouldn't I be allowed to post comments if I ...

I always thought that having to gain reputation before I could ask for clarification was a bit of a letdown for getting in to the community. I had to earn points by poring over lots of questions until I could ask for clarification. That is one thing we could turn off in here. I understand the reasoning behind the discussion, but it's not being all-inclusive (sort of).
Then there was the (emotional) discussion of the new CoC and the faq regarding personal pronouns.
Q: What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns?

Catija Please leave any feedback or questions about this FAQ on this other post. Two weeks ago, we updated The Code of Conduct to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark by quite a lot. Based on Gareth McCaughan’s excellent post,...

Here again I agree with the general idea that each and every community member would and should like to be called by their preferred pronoun, but the issues and toxic discussions that arose around that time were not very positive for the community.
In trying to be all-inclusive Stack Exchange had to "let go" of a couple of good people in the process. This situation could have been handled much better (MOO) and would have resulted in a much more positive environment.
This was the communication issue I mentioned in my answers to the "official" questions.
DBA site moderation in generals seems to be what is expected according to the description of the moderators, resp. from what I've read and heard. Do the least to achieve the most. When required be firm and enact according to the CoC.
I mostly interact with @PaulWhite and personally like him as a person and respect him greatly for his role as moderator on this site. I haven't had a lot to do with @jcolebrand but guess he is doing a good job as moderator. I had no real connections to @AaronBertrand on DBA.SE and wouldn't know if he did a good job or not.
However, based on the size of DBA.SE and the amount of posts in the queues and the number of directly closed question or answers via moderators, I think the site is in a good condition and I would merit this to our moderators for the fine-tuning and the community as a whole for what this site achieves.
The faq regarding unregistered/registered accounts will be "fixed" for DBA.SE in the near future and thus should be a requirement to ask/answer questions and should result in a higher quality of questins.
Q: Why should I register my account?

ripper234I can use many of the site's features while unregistered. I am looking for a simple explanation of what benefits a user can have from registering. For more information, see "Why should I create an account?" in the Help Center. Return to FAQ Index

The answer to the faq about using expletives is along a similar line as the discussion about the pronouns.
Q: Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites?

Jeff AtwoodCan I use salty, expletive-laden language on Stack Exchange sites, like Q*Bert? For more information, see "What kind of behavior is expected of users?" in the Help Center. Return to FAQ index

A highly voted comment says a lot about what is set in stone and what this does to the community:
How are we supposed to find out which words are considered "expletives" on Stack Exchange? I'm not just asking to be annoying - as a global resource, it's possible that cultural norms in different places have very different influences on what's offensive (e.g. consider the difference between a devoutly religious country/region and one that's much more secular). — Toby Speight Apr 7 '17 at 8:16
Nowadays anybody can be insulted by anything and (a) moderator(s) could find them having a hard time discussing edits to posts and comments.
Well then, so be it. It is part of the moderator's job to uphold the CoC and to possibly resolve such issues.
I totally agree with this faq
Q: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"?

romandasI have often wondered at the practice on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and the other sites where someone will ask a question and an answer will come in that says Look here: http://link elsewhere. Rarely will the link have exactly the answer necessary -- often it's an entire article -- yet these a...

Link only answers aren't answers in my opinion.
And we all know about comments and answers on this site. Don't we?
Q: Answer or comment: what's the etiquette?

SimonI very often see comments about a question posted as answers, e.g., "format it this way" or "why don't you post it over here". I think this practice clogs up the answers and the comment feature is for these sorts of remarks. What's the general consensus on etiquette? Return to FAQ index

If it's a partial answer, then post it as an answer.
If it is a comment, then post as a comment (unless you don't have enough rep; see answer above).
The accepted answer to this last faq is quite amusing if you have the time to read the comments:
Q: What is the etiquette for modifying posts?

KeithI'm getting pretty close to the reputation where I can start to edit others' posts, and I'm wondering what the etiquette for when (and when not) to do so. I figure that I should edit in the following circumstances: Grammatical or spelling errors. Clarification where the meaning is not changed....

Thanks @PaulWhite for asking the questions.

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