(This post is for the candidates who are running for the 2023 Web Applications SE Community Moderator Election.)
As you may already know, there have been a number of recent meta posts on Web Apps SE expressing concern about a moderator who has been unilaterally closing dozens of questions based on some yet-to-be-explained reason. Some of the relevant meta posts:
- Do the moderators plan to close most questions on this site?
- Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards?
- Let's make "research efforts" more specific: request to search the web app help
- Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?
The votes on these meta posts and their answers indicate that the community has generally expressed disapproval of these moderator actions. Posts that opposed the moderation practice received mostly upvotes, while the moderator’s posts received mostly downvotes. However, the moderator in question continued with the question closures despite the lack of community support.
How will you handle feedback or objections if you find yourself in a similar situation where the community disagrees with your moderation actions? Would you keep doing the same thing, disregarding community feedback or consensus, like in the case mentioned above? Or would you respect the community consensus, even if you do not agree with it?