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Congratulations to both new moderators, thanks for joining the mods. I would also like to thank WYSIWIG for being a mod since this site graduated and also for his effort to achieve graduation. I hope you will still join us, despite of time restraints.


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AliceD Question 1 Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this is an issue on this site and, if so, what role should a moderator have in resolving it, if any? Answer Over the years the closing policy has actually been ...


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theforestecologist Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this is an issue on this site and, if so, what role should a moderator have in resolving it, if any? Yes, I think many questions are being closed too often and, ...


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How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta)


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Bryan Krause Under what circumstances (if any) should a moderator close a question with too few close votes without letting the community decide via voting? (I.e., Under what circumstances (if any) should a mod use the close hammer?) Ideally, this shouldn't ever be necessary because the community should be closing by themselves. However, many of us ...


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Question 1 1) Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this is an issue on this site and, if so, what role should a moderator have in resolving it, if any? We are still finding out what we should expect a good question on the ...


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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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AliceD (1) How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta) A good question based on an incorrect presupposition constitutes one of the best opportunities to write a fine answer, because one can explain what is wrong, and explain what the real question is and answer it. ...


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Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this is an issue on this site and, if so, what role should a moderator have in resolving it, if any?


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What skills do you have that would make you a good moderator, independent of your knowledge of biology?


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Have you previously held a moderator-like position for another community, and if so, what aspect did you find most challenging?


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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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How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta) That really depends on the question. In cases of common misunderstandings of biology, correcting the misunderstanding in the question is a perfectly fine answer. But there are certainly cases where the incorrect ...


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theforestecologist Under what circumstances (if any) should a moderator close a question with too few close votes without letting the community decide via voting? (I.e., Under what circumstances (if any) should a mod use the close hammer?) Traditionally, I've been very opposed to this action and to much of the close-vote activity across SE sites (...


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Rory M Hi everyone - there's already quite a lot to read through here so I'll try and keep my answers brief! How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta) I think that as long as questions are asked in good faith they shouldn't face any moderator action. Answers can ...


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Chris How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta) This is something that really depends on the question. Some of these questions can be re-directed to the sceptics site. Others come from an incorrect understanding of the biology behind it. As our goal is to help ...


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Pro-tem moderators have to nominate themselves for the election if they want to stay moderators. They don't keep the diamond automatically.


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No, you can't. The only person you can nominate is yourself. As @aandreev mentioned in his comment, it wouldn't be a good idea to nominate people who doesn't want this job. If you have a candidate in mind, you can ask them in chat (or probably also in the thread in meta) if they want to be a candidate.


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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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We could create a Community Promotion Ad. My more serious attempt: Voting Promotion Ad Update: Well, since I assume this linked ad will eventually be deleted when no longer relevant, I'll copy it below (in case we want to do something similar in the future). 2019 update to make general:


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Biology experiences a large volume of poor homework questions. As a moderator, how would you deal with this sort of question? How much would you unilaterally close, and how much would you tolerate?


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Under what circumstances (if any) should a moderator close a question with too few close votes without letting the community decide via voting? (I.e., Under what circumstances (if any) should a mod use the close hammer?)


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De Novo Under what circumstances (if any) should a moderator close a question with too few close votes without letting the community decide via voting? (I.e., Under what circumstances (if any) should a mod use the close hammer?) Generally, it is the community's responsibility to vote on questions, and that includes close votes. With an active set ...


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Have you previously held a moderator-like position for another community, and if so, what aspect did you find most challenging? (old question from the 2015 and 2017 election, originally posted by user dd3 (now named blep)


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The turnout to our last election seems quite normal, for a SE-site of this size. During the last election, Bio-SE had: 891 voters were eligible, 226 visited the site during the election, 119 visited the election page, and 55 voted In comparison, Chemistry-SE had a similar level of attendance when site was of similar size: The same also goes for ...


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What are the things about you that can make you a good moderator and those that will prevent you from being one? $-$ Inspired by an entry of an elected (then nominated) user of Chem SE. (Election 2016)


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What would you do in your position as moderator, to correct and encourage more quality questions, and do you think downvoting can be a good way to achieve these goals? (thanks fileunderwater for the question rewording)


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There has been a fair amount of discussion relating to our policy on "homework" questions and those with little/no independent effort. Updating statement on closed reason for no work shown Why are homework questions considered off-topic? What do you think the best course of action should be for Biology SE regarding these related but separate issues?


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Considering that biology is such a vast field, and most questions are from non biologists, Would you prefer to close a question if it appears too broad, or would you rather let the question ferment, and let the community edit and/or vote to close the question ?


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How would you deal with a controversial question based on an incorrect biological presupposition? (inspired by this question on Meta) This largely depends on the context of the presupposition being made. I do not expect a user to know everything about biology, otherwise they would not be here asking questions. Smaller errors where the OP has tried to ask ...


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