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


Blender Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2024-05-21. 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.

Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Until the nomination phase, (so, until 2024-05-21 at 20:00:00Z UTC, or 4:00 pm EDT 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.

  • 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 currently.

  • We, the Community Team, will be providing a small selection of generic questions. The following two questions are guaranteed to be included:

    • 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?
  • The community team may also include the following three questions if the community doesn’t supply enough questions.

    • 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 enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?
  • 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. We reserve some editorial control in the selection of the questions and may opt not to select a question that is tangential or irrelevant to moderation or the election. We exclude any suggested questions that are negatively scored.

    • We will post the final questionnaire on the Election page. Candidates will have the option to fill out the questionnaire, and their answers will appear beneath their intro statements.
    • 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.

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What general experience do you have in dealing with online communities and the usual procedures there?

In particular:

  • Dealing with spam or spam accounts
  • Inappropriate or conspicuous behaviour of users
  • Conflicts between two or more users
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How have you first come in contact with Blender and how long ago? Are you currently still actively using it, professionally or for hobbies?

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  • $\begingroup$ I'll just copy paste my question from previous election. It has a more lighthearted tone, but I think it i still relevant to assess proficiency $\endgroup$ Commented May 15 at 8:55
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As a moderator, how would you deal with posts (questions, answers, comments) if they were obviously created partly or entirely with the help of AI?

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How would you handle a situation where two high-reputation users are engaged in a heated argument, potentially disrupting the community? Can you provide an example of a similar situation you’ve dealt with in the past and how you resolved it?

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer, but I don't think it made it through on time. Election is up already at blender.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3079/…. Your are also one of our high rep frequently active users around here. Would you consider running as a candidate? We love to see you participate $\endgroup$ Commented May 22 at 10:08
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I know the election is in progress, but I'm just throwing in another simple question here, possibly for the next election. While it may not be directly related to moderation, it could maybe produce some interesting answers for the site's improvement:

If you could change one aspect of Blender Stack Exchange to improve the community experience, what would it be and why?

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