WordPress Development is scheduled for an election next week, February 26th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic of moderation. Participation is completely voluntary.

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here.

Unlike last time, we're hosting the question collection a week in advance, so that not only can folks start prepping questions in advance, but also potential candidates can think about nominating themselves and seeing the questions they'll have an opening to answer.

Here's how it'll work:

  • Until the nomination phase, (so, until Monday, February 26th at 20:00:00Z UTC, or 3:00 pm EST on the same day, give or take time to arrive for closure), this question will be open to collect potential questions from the users of the site. Post answers to this question containing any questions you would like to ask the candidates. Please only post one question per answer.

  • We, the Community Team, will be providing a small selection of generic questions. The first two will be guaranteed to be included, the latter ones are if the community doesn't supply enough questions. This will be done in a single post, unlike the prior instruction.

  • If your question contains a link, please use the syntax of [text](link), as that will make it easier for transcribing for the finished questionnaire.

  • This is a perfect opportunity to voice questions that are specific to your community and issues that you are running into at currently.

  • At the start of the nomination phase, the Community Team will select up to 8 of the top voted questions submitted by the community provided in this thread, to use in addition to the aforementioned 2 guaranteed questions.

  • Once questions have been selected, a new question will be opened to host the actual questionnaire for the candidates, typically containing 10 questions in total.

  • This is not the only option that users have for gathering information on candidates. As a community, you are still free to, for example, hold a live chat session with your candidates to ask further questions, or perhaps clarifications from what is provided in the Q&A.

If you have any questions or feedback about this process, feel free to post as a comment here.

How much time do you spend right now on our site per day and week? Do you know if you can stay so active or become even more active for the next year?

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    I think it will be nice if any of the active moderators will share some estimate of how much time moderation related activities take. Otherwise it will be very hard to answer truthfully this question – Mark Kaplun Feb 20 at 9:22
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    @MarkKaplun One serious problem we have currently is that there's a huge difference among the existing moderators. I spend ~30–60 minutes per day on moderation, and I'm the most active one. 20 minutes would be enough if we had a functional mod team. – fuxia Feb 20 at 11:00
  • Plugin related questions has always been a hot topic. What are your opinions on the matter?
  • The website is currently seeing a downward trend in participation. Why do you think that is and do you think it can be reversed?
  • Do you have any kind of past moderation experience? When, where, how do you think it can help here?
  • How often do you find yourself using WordPress?
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    Questions were supposed to have been submitted on a post-by-post basis, so that they can be rated individually. However, these were submitted near deadline, still got upvoted, and these seem fine enough and I don't think the community would object to including all 4, so I'll grab all four here. – Grace Note Feb 26 at 19:41

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 would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?
  • How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?

  • In your opinion, what do moderators do?
  • A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?
  • In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

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