Question: Regardless of any other user becoming moderator, do you feel that we need a change in leadership or direction, on how things are done on Hinduism.SE?
Yes, I think we need a change; bring in new moderators. Particularly because we currently only have one moderator who's very active. Or maybe it's just me who thinks so because I don't see the other two moderators as active as the main one. I'm not even sure if there's a way to objectively determine who's active and who's not, e.g., how to know which mod. has worked on most flags?
I don't have a problem with only one moderator being very active, as after all, moderation on SE sites is a totally voluntary commitment. However, when there's a dispute, if the other moderators are also active and have a chat with the complaining user to understand the problem from the user's perspective, without prejudice and without blindly supporting the concerned mod's actions, that would be very helpful.
But when unfair deletion or decision happens from another mod, they support it by remaining passive & not reversing the decision.
Even if you bring in a new moderator, I am not sure if the new moderator will so easily reverse the decision of another moderator if there is a disagreement between them e.g., undeleting an answer that was wrongly deleted. Imagine two 1K+ users getting into an edit-war over an answer rolling back the answer to a previous version. We definitely don't want moderators doing that. Also, just having a good rapport with another moderator shouldn't mean they start supporting each other's wrong decisions.
However, when there is a disagreement between 2 moderators, IMO, adopting a 'majority wins' policy by all the mods is a good way to resolve the dispute at hand. Also, for any mod, there is no shame in reversing a bad decision, instead of sticking to one's guns which is what I keep seeing here on Hinduism.SE. We often see a big invisible
"DO NOT QUESTION OUR ACTIONS" banner being waved by the current moderators here and this is definitely not good for the site.
Also, I suggest current and future moderators to read this meta.SE post where a moderator gracefully accepts his mistake:
Account suspension for answering questions well?
You might also want to look at question no. 11 from 2016 SO election questionnaire and go over some of the answers:
How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?
Under the question someone commented:
Also, we should stop shaming moderators in public just as I commented on a thread previously where I told that we should stop shaming other people by mentioning their names.
IMO, moderators here and everywhere need to get over this narrow-minded and shoot-the-messenger thinking and instead try to solve the real problem at hand by not getting too emotional about the fact that their actions are being called into question. If you find yourself getting easily upset because someone questioned your actions openly on meta, then, IMHO, you're not fit to be a moderator! If you find yourself regularly downvoting meta posts that question mods' actions, then, moderation is not for you! Such moderators should simply relinquish their posts! Give up the moderation job to others who are more tolerant to criticism. Accept that moderation is not for everyone and just move on!
Another reason why we need a new moderator is the way this meta post is handled by the current moderators:
Upvoted and accepted answer deleted by moderator
I see that none of the current mods actually answered OP's question which received 5 upvotes so far. Instead we find two high-rep users trying to address OP's question when it really should have been the moderators doing it by way of a proper answer. And let's not try to 'answer' questions in 'comments' or 'chat'. Why shouldn't the mod write a proper answer first, then invite comments on it from OP and other users?
Another meta post which hasn't received a single answer from the mods:
Moderators should give time & scope of discussion before deleting a post for active users