This has apparently been discussed on the Teacher's Lounge before, but I can't find any official record of it (thus further leading me to believe my request is a good idea).
I would like to propose a Q&A site strictly for the use of moderators of SE sites. That is, the exact same people who have access to the Teacher's Lounge chat room.
I could propose this on A51, but that doesn't seem appropriate for a closed-access site for internal use only.
Reasons a Q&A site would be a benefit beyond the existing chat room:
- Q&A format is less of a distraction while working at my real job.
- Many questions have "canned" answers that are not searchable currently.
- Would likely allow for better answers for some questions--we'd poll from the entire moderator community, not just those who are logged into chat at the moment.
- A searchable history of moderator Q&A would be beneficial. I realize the chat room is archived and searchable, but I believe the Q&A format is much easier for this sort of thing, as evidenced by the popularity of the numerous existing SE sites, despite IRC having been around for many decades more.
EDIT: In an attempt to avoid confusion for those who aren't moderators, I'm proposing a Private moderator's Q&A site. This is distinct from the Area 51 proposal for a site about moderation, which would be a public site. We already have a private chat room (called Teacher's Lounge) where only moderators are permitted to participate.
The sorts of things we talk about in the chat room would also be the topic of discussion on the Q&A site. Topics like:
- Is it appropriate to migrate a question about unicorn farming from StackOverflow to the Farming site?
- One of our community members insists on posting his off-topic questions about unicorn farming. How should we deal with him?
- Discussion of a private or sensitive nature (moderators have access to additional site statistics and metrics, additional user data, etc, that cannot be discussed willy-nilly)
- I'm a new moderator. Where can I go to see our super secret unicorn farm?
This is not a proposal to start secret meetings behind the backs of everyone else. It is, as pointed out in comments, a proposal to provide a alternative to the chat room that is already in place.