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Text for this post is taken Machavity's post on Politics SE

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    As a note, the older format for elections (from many years back) was that we did question collection at the same time as we did nominations and nominees would answer the questions during the voting period - this was changed for understandable reasons but y'all could easily have a questionnaire and collect questions through some time on Thursday or Friday so that you would have a few days before voting was open for candidates to answer the questions - but this work is generally up to y'all - if you need help, let us know.
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 18:20

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How would you handle flags on old answers with too many up-votes but lacking valid sources?


Suppose that we are working on fabricating or refining a site policy and we have one meta discussion post for getting community consensus for making decision on that particular issue. Now what will you do if you find that community is divided over a certain decision? e.g. around half of the users voted in agreement and half on opposite side which creates controversy/difficulty in concluding the matter. In other words, as a moderator, how do you solve such a controversial issue for which community is divided over a certain decision?


How would you handle arguments (as comments or in the chatroom) because of different beliefs among the users? (irrespective of flagged or not flagged)


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 question/answer which is on-topic but vaguely presented and hurting the sentiments of (a) some users and (b) many users?


When you spot a non-constructive comment (occasionally with some upvotes) yourself which no one has flagged yet, how will you handle it? Will you wait for sufficient 'unfriendly or unkind' & 'no longer needed' flags before taking action?


What is your take on the answer that provide quotes from the modern experts, which are clearly against scriptures?


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 is the biggest problem/challenge Hinduism Stack Exchange is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it?


In a situation to close / open a question, when would you consider casting your vote :

  • immediately?
  • on the fifth position?

Assuming you are online during the whole situation.

The former would close / open a question immediately. The latter would make you equivalent to a user having close/open privilege.


Though main task of mod is to handle flags, but will you be active in chatroom and meta?


What would be your plan for unanswered questions pending from long time?


On one hand the site is trying to graduate; on the other hand some activities like answering in comments shows the site still wants to remain in beta.

Some graduated sites have a strict rule to not allow pseudo-answers in comments.

How do you think comment-answers should be handled on this site?

Also, today, if someone were to flag a comment-answer as It's no longer needed., how will you act on it?

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How do you deal with the users who strategically try to mislead the site with their answers by pushing pressure points with their biases?


As a moderator, how would you handle a Not-An-Answer (NAA) flag on a Q&A of this type:

Question: I'm looking for arguments in favor of theory A or support philosophical position A.

Answer: Theory A is wrong and has long been debunked.

Here are the reasons why it's wrong:


A reader who probably does not care whether Theory A is right or wrong looks at both Q & A and flags the answer as NAA thinking that the answer doesn't really address OP's question.

How will you handle this flag? Mark the flag helpful (and take some action) or decline the flag?


How do you plan to deal with users who use labels such as 'anti-scriptural', 'anti-Hindu', 'Marxist', 'Leftist', 'Asura', 'Abrahamic', etc. to target those that don't conform to their views?

Also, despite several clarifications by ex-CM's, some users continue to believe this is a 'pro-Hindu site' as opposed to a 'site about Hinduism'. Some of these users have appointed themselves as flag-bearers of Hinduism on the site and want to censor views they don't agree with even when those views are backed with sources and citations. While these users are free to believe that every single word written in Hindu scriptures is literally true and express their views in answers, they don't stop at that, they want others to "fall in line". They are busy policing OP and other users in comments, giving unsolicited advice on whether one can chant mantras or not, whether one can read the Vedas or not, etc. They don't believe in live and let live.

How do you plan to deal with users who try to force their views and opinions on others?

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    "anti-scriptural', 'anti-Hindu', 'Marxist', 'Leftist', 'Asura', 'Abrahamic', etc" is not Hinduism. Their views are off topic here. It's not about censuring them out of hate but it's more about them being irrelevant & off topic here. Words of Rishis, Scriptures, etc. are to be discussed here, not Skepticism. You can enjoy warmth of SkepticismSE for anti-scriptural, anti-hindu & all the rest of it. Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 4:38
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    'Their views are off topic here.' - whose views are off-topic? Those that are being labeled 'anti-scriptural', 'anti-Hindu', etc.? Also, this is a question for the candidates to answer, so no pointing in debating with me here. Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 4:53
  • "unsolicited advice on whether one can chant mantras or not, whether one can read the Vedas or not" - if the advice is backed by scriptures, it is not unsolicited. If a person asks "which brand of bleach cures coronavirus?", and someone replies "doctors prohibit drinking bleach" - sure, the advice is 'unsolicited' in letter, but not in spirit.
    – ram
    Commented Feb 7, 2021 at 7:46

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