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Thanks for everyone's support and confidence, and I hope to be a helpful member of the moderating team for years to come! I hope everyone will join me in thanking Erica in her hard work on behalf of the site, and wish her well both as a member of the community and in everything that she does!


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Rory Alsop's answers: 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? Having had to do this a couple of times on other sites (and I think once on here already) my approach is to first have a quick word with them to let them know the impact they ...


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Congratulations Rory/SomeShinyObject/Stephie, I know I've left the site in good hands! I appreciate everything that everyone did to help moderate the site, especially while it was just me for the last few months of last year actively moderating. It was great having community members who actively flagged content so I didn't tend to have to hunt for ...


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Congratulations to you Joe, our new moderator!


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Not a common problem, but a thorny one: If someone answers an off-topic question before you see it, would you still close the question? Another: how do you envision good or even acceptable answers? Should specific claims (e.g. every child needs their mother at home) be backed up? How would you handle opinion only as an answer?


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As Parenting has a fairly small community of regular answerers, it is common for moderators to answer questions that they then have to moderate. How would you address moderating a question you answered? In particular, you may want to consider other answers that are clearly not answers; other answers that are aggreesive or rude; comments on your own ...


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Parenting is way less objective than other topics. Different users follow different parenting styles and have different sets of values. Disagreements have the potential for flaring up, especially if they are based on cultural or philosophical differences. How would you deal with such a conflict? How do you ensure your own objectivity?


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Stephie's answers: 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? This site has over 23,000 registered users, even if many of them aren't actively participating. We value each and everyone of them and coming here, even as an unregistered drive-...


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SomeShinyObject's answers Before I begin answering these, I'd like to preface some of my answers. Even within leadership there is following. Becoming a moderator to me just means an extra set of tools to do what I've already done on this site. The majority of my responses will be to consult with other moderators and focus on precedence for the site and ...


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Parenting brings, among other things, a lot of questions that come near to being medical questions. While some are clearly off-topic (this one, for example), many others are on the border - whether asking for symptoms of an illness their child may have, for help getting medical attention, asking whether it is safe to do something, or asking whether they ...


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Overall, the election went smoothly in my estimation. Four candidates gave voters plenty of choice and participation was solid: 1,788 voters were eligible, 475 visited the site during the election, 331 visited the election page, and 152 voted That's an 8.5% turnout, but you figure many eligible voters are no longer active on the site after 7 years. 32% ...


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I'd run. I haven't been involved much because I just had another child and because there hasn't been a whole lot of activity. I've always had a passion for this community so any potential future elections pique my interest.


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Leadership in any realm stands on the fine line between humility and assertiveness. As we are all fallible there is a high chance that you will make a wrong decision when dealing with a patron of the site. In the realization of making an incorrect decision, how would you, as a moderator, approach that individual to correct the situation?


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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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