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tpg2114's questionnaire answers: (Side note -- thanks to ACuriousMind's post for being the first and setting a format) How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? I understand such users can, in mild ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)?


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Congratulations to tpg2114 and Chris! Good to see that some people's fears of one of you not winning can be allayed! Also, a BIG THANKS to Manish for helping moderate this site! Wish you the best going forwards!


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Congratulations to both new moderators! You'll both be a fabulous addition to the moderator team. Thank you so much for volunteering.


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community. I think the biggest challenge is sorting out what is and is not within the scope of the site. Physics is, in some sense, all encompassing and so we still don't always have clear lines for what is or is not on topic. Engineering, scientific computing, and math questions always seem to ...


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I have deleted a few comments, including a conversation about wrongly used close votes. As a relative outsider (who nevertheless has enough reputation to vote), those comments did not help me understand the issues and concerns with the nomination they were attached to. Comments are a poor substitute for a meta question where arguments may be laid out without ...


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Jim's questionnaire answers How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? That really depends on the specifics of the situation? Is the user trying their best? Are they a form of technically proficient ...


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For some moderator actions, the current mods wait for a consensus from the whole group before taking the action. We have varying preferences about when to do this and when to just take action directly without checking with others. Which mod actions would you wait for consensus on, and which ones would you just do without checking? If you're not sure about a ...


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community.


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If you think a moderator is out of line use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page to explain your position to the team. Moderators have been removed in the past. Other moderators can ask to have a colleague removed. This is the officially sanctioned process for "normal" removal of a moderator. Beta site get pro tem moderators appointed by the ...


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A somewhat obvious question that should be asked is: How much time do you expect you can commit to moderating the site? (A couple hours a month? Ten hours a week? Ten hours a day? Take a good guess) Also, do you anticipate any reason why that amount of time would significantly decrease in the future? I think its important that we can rely on the moderator ...


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community. Physics is a discipline with many reluctant students, and so we get a flood of low-quality homework questions, which take a significant amount of time to remove and end up diluting the quality of the front page. There are also issues with marginally on-topic questions making it to HNQ and ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? In the first place, I'd trust the community systems to sort things out. Physics.SE doesn't (so far) have issues with controversial high-vote, zero-score answers. ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? Since it is not explicitly stated otherwise, I assume the user is not violating any current rules and thus, the question should be instead How would you deal ...


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As Jim, the High King, I officially recognize your meritorious service to the Jimdom. Furthermore, in light of the training, popular approval, and special services rendered to the King (specifically, stepping up to do the job that I really didn't want to have to do) I bestow on you the highest honours that I can. As of this day, I dub thee Sir rob and Sir [...


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My sincere congratulations to ACM and rob and I second heather's thank you for volunteering your time.


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ACuriousMind's questionnaire answers How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? While I am rather dismayed that it is possible that this happens, I don't think this is a problem that can or should be ...


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I suspect there may be a lot of people self-selecting themselves out of running because they think that they don't quite have enough experience with the community moderation ─ in a large cohort of users that I think are perfectly qualified. I, for one, feel that there are a lot of users in, say, the 5k - 15k rep bracket, and with, say, about one to three ...


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Your Phys.SE community needs you.


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This is a modified version of a question from the "standard questions" answer by Grace Note: It is one of the optional questions. I'm putting it in a separate answer because it will otherwise probably not be selected, while I think it's a very good question. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, ...


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Can you highlight some of your posts on Meta that have been received poorly, and describe what information you've gleaned as a result of those discussions/experiences. If you have no such poorly received questions, consider a case where your answer has a highly scored competing/contrary answer to your own. (Originally asked here)


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Where do you think the boundaries of our scope should lie, in terms of topic? In other words, where do you draw the line between "physics" and other topics, and how do you feel about questions that lie in the various grey areas between physics and other disciplines? Do you generally feel that our scope should be broader or narrower than it is now? How are ...


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Where do you think the boundaries of our scope should lie, in terms of level? That is, do you see this as primarily a site for physics students, or for physics researchers, or both equally? How is your stance on this likely to affect your actions as a moderator?


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I wasn't clear about this in the answer you quoted (which is now edited), but moderator elections actually happen whenever the workload becomes too much for the current number of moderators - whether because of growth of the site, or the resignation/removal of one or more existing moderators. The community gets to provide input about whether moderation tasks ...


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What, if anything, would you do with a user who posts a steady stream of answers that derail questions to talk about their own personal theories, while not technically breaking any civility rules?


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What are your thoughts about the ever-controversial homework policy?


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Revived from the last questionnaire: How much time do you expect you can commit to moderating the site? (A couple hours a month? Ten hours a week? Ten hours a day? Take a good guess) Also, do you anticipate any reason why that amount of time would significantly decrease in the future?


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Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8). How ...


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