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Gareth McCaughan Gareth McCaughan has been an active and polite user in The Sphinx's Lair. He always strikes me as level-headed and insightful, and is willing and able to give helpful tips on improving puzzles when asked. Gareth is one of the most prolific answerers on the site, with over 20k reputation earned from answers alone. While he has posed no ...


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On multiple occasions, there have been calls to make the dynamics of PuzzlingSE deviate a bit from those of StackExchange in general. For example, suggestions to increase question upvote to 10 rep to reward questions with superb effort, option to award bounties to questions etc. How do you feel about such special rules for PuzzlingSE and what effort would ...


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Congratulations to our new moderators - Deusovi♦ , Emrakul♦♦ and GentlePurpleRain♦. Even though it is hard to break a diamond, it still should be kept with care. We hope you all will do so. We are confident that you all will lead us to make this community better with every passing century decade year month week. Thank you to our past moderators Doorknob♦ , ...


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As a moderator, your close, reopen, delete, and undelete votes will become binding. How will this affect the way you currently vote, especially with close/reopen votes? In general, will your moderation style be more lasseiz-faire or proactive? How so?


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Situation: A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond?


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As a moderator, your votes are binding - close, delete, tag synonyms, etc. How will this change how you usually VTC/VTD?


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What is your personal opinion the "purpose" of PuzzlingSE should be? ( Yes, there is no overall consensus on this question, yet. This makes it even more imporant to know what would-be-moderators think. ) Non-complete list of answer-seeds: A fun place where one can stop-by and relax solving puzzles or posting ideas A competition site where users ...


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How much time per week (minimum) do you think that you can invest on moderation over the long term and continuously, and what would you do if you realize that life made it impossible to fulfill this commitment?


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Gareth McCaughan A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? To give a more concrete example, ...


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DISCLAIMER: This is simply a set of mock funny answers to the questionnaire. I am NOT contesting the moderator elections and I urge you to read the answers posted by the serious contenders before reading this answer for a few laughs. Any light jibes or attacks at moderators or SE staff are simply in jest and do not reflect my personal views in any way. I ...


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A more general version of this question, and inspired by this one from last year. Puzzling is very different from most sites on the network. What do you think should change to reflect this difference in the way the site actually works, rather than just the way we use the system that's already there? (E.g. the ability to reward questions more than answers, ...


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stack reader Nomination A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? To give a more concrete ...


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Here are my (Glorfindel's) answers to your questions: A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? ...


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I'm Marius. Here are my answers and I stand by them: A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? ...


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My (user)name is n_palum and these are my answers: A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? To ...


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Rubio Greetings, Puzzling friends! Here are my answers to the questions for Moderator nominees. A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. ...


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Oh great, now all our mods are a bunch of noobs who wouldn't know a spaghetti party from a TMBMP. ;-) Congrats to Gareth and Rubio! We've all seen a lot of you around as puzzlers (well, puzzle solvers in Gareth's case), and you've already shown your mettle in moderation as room owners of the Sphinx's Lair, the main PSE chatroom. I'm sure you'll have an ...


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As is witnessed in every human interaction, and has been seen in the past on this site, no one gets along with everyone. As a moderator, how would you remain neutral towards a user/users who you find yourself disliking?


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Rubio It isn't clear to me whether we need more room owners at this point, but if so then I think Rubio is an obvious choice. Rubio is one of the more active chat users isn't already a mod or room owner is somewhat active in chat at times of day when the existing owners/mods are usually not around is consistently reasonable and sensible in chat seems well-...


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I'm Mithrandir, and these are my answers. A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? To give a ...


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Scenario: An user posts a strangely-written challenge. Some people flag, post comments doubting the OP's intention, downvote or vote to close it because it seems to be unclear, off-topic, overly-broad or something like that. After some debate in comments and/or chat, the OP insists that it is a very clever puzzle and that it is perfectly valid, possibly even ...


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JonMark Perry A puzzle becomes tremendously popular, spawning many similar, easily-reproduceable variations. New users flock to the site, eager to post their own version of the puzzle, but some regulars feel that the new wave of puzzles are too simple and of low quality. How do you react and how do you respond? To give a more concrete example, ...


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Do you consider your role as a moderator to be... Passive/reactive - taking action when prompted by other users. Having a close ear to the comunity, but keeping back with own opinions and ideas if not prompted for them. Mainly acting to solve/disarm disputes and keeping this a friendly place. Proactive - trying to push the site forward. Initiating new ...


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Marius here. These are my answers to the questions On multiple occasions, there have been calls to make the dynamics of PuzzlingSE deviate a bit from those of StackExchange in general. For example, suggestions to increase question upvote to 10 rep to reward questions with superb effort, option to award bounties to questions etc. How do you feel about ...


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How much time do you think that you will be able to spend actively moderating every day? What is your usual activity pattern over the week?


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Deusovi On multiple occasions, there have been calls to make the dynamics of PuzzlingSE deviate a bit from those of StackExchange in general. For example, suggestions to increase question upvote to 10 rep to reward questions with superb effort, option to award bounties to questions etc. How do you feel about such special rules for PuzzlingSE and what effort ...


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