Sam Saffron asked: You are just about to give up your "non-binding" close and delete votes, how does that make you feel? Will you be scared to make binding decisions?
Adam Robinson answered: The change is certainly something to keep in mind, but I feel like I already give due consideration to a question or answer before I vote to close or delete. Does it make me more mindful of the impact of my decisions? Somewhat, yes. Does it make me nervous that I'll make bad decisions? No.
ircmaxell answered: Honestly, slightly aprehensive. I'd say that 90% of the time, it's a clean and easy decision. But the other 10% is going to take some careful thought before casting a binding vote. then again, some low quality stuff has stayed around for a while because it was in a low traffic area and the flag queue was very high. So for all the cases it has a negative, there is a positive...
casperOne answered: Not at all, this was a question posed in the last chat for moderator election, and I have zero problem with giving these up; there are plenty of other things I'll have to deal with as moderator. It's an insignificant price I'd have to pay in order to help the community (note "insignificant" is my subjective view)
casperOne continued: I've also answered this exact question on my profile for election.
Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson answered: I only vote on things that I'm 100% sure of. Because of that I am not afraid to lose the ability to be wrong. I will make a mistake every once-in-a-while, however, most of my votes will be in the best interest of the community.
Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson replied: Wait to see if someone else votes on it. And then close. I'd have to be really on the fence though. Usually it's pretty clear if a question belongs.
Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson continued: I will still have the ability to see what other users think and do with their votes. So if many other people agree with what I was thinking I will go for it.
Justin 'jjnguy' Nelson concluded: Oh, but I'm not affraid to make to unpopular choice if necessary and go against what other members of the community may think.
Moshe answered: Not scared at all, just more thoughtful before I actually vote. That's a key principle when moderating. Don't move impulsively.
George Stocker answered: Yes and No. There's a healthy fear that comes with making a binding decision, and it would be foolish to say that the fear doesn't exist. Since I've been active on Meta, and I have a high flag weight, I can say that I have the pulse of the community, and act accordingly.
minitech answered: Not at all!
NullUserException ఠ_ఠ answered: I am fairly confident that wouldn't change anything. The vast majority of the questions I vote to close (and the answers I flag or vote to delete) are closed/deleted anyways, so I don't see an issue there. It will just happen faster. The only caveat is that I'll potentially get users angry at me for closing/deleting their stuff (I don't know if mods get that). But I think with my stance on moderation that won't happen unless the user is beyond salvation.
Anna Lear answered: I kind of have an advantage in answering that... :) Making binding decisions can be difficult, but it is a necessary part of being a moderator. I find that it helps to sometimes step back and reason through the decision. If I can explain it right away, I have no problems using binding close votes and burninating questions or answers. If there's doubt, I either talk to other moderators to resolve it or defer the decision to someone else.
Jeremy Banks answered: It's a little stressful, but that's not really a bad thing. Being nervous will probably make me a little slower to moderate at first, but it will also give me a huge motivation to make sure I understand things properly, leading me to improve much more than I would without the pressure.
slugster answered: I don't feel bad at all, as a 10K user I've been doing it for some time. It is usually easy to tell if a question needs to be gone. There are some where it is harder, in which case it may be appropriate to let the community decide - if enough agree then it is gone.
slugster continued: If a mod needs to step in ahead of the community then it would be pretty evident that the question/answer needs closing/deleting, so I wouldn't lose sleep over it. If it really is borderline (attracting votes too slowly) then it is best to let it stay, once it is gone you can't get it back.
Brad Larson answered: Not scared, but definitely more cautious. In the past, I've thrown out close votes that I was fairly sure of, but not entirely. If others in the community agreed, I was validated. If not, I was wrong. In those cases where I'm uncertain, I will be more likely to not take action and defer to the community. However, I won't be afraid to close or delete things that I clearly think are inappropriate, spam, etc.
jonsca answered: No, particularly with close votes, and more particularly if multiple <3K users had flagged it. If it reflects the thinking of the community, I would be glad to represent them with my binding vote.
BoltClock answered: Good question - I spent a good deal of time thinking about that while deciding on my nomination! But I can say that I don't sow close votes on a whim. Rather, I only vote to close if I can immediately identify an alternative SE site where it belongs, or otherwise 100% off-topic for SO; in cases of gray areas, I try to analyze the question based on its content and context, and if I can make a decision I'm very, very sure of I'll cast a vote.
BoltClock continued: Most of my delete votes are on stuff that doesn't belong anyway, like spam, "thanks!", personal attacks and other off-topic banter.
BoltClock concluded: All in all, If I get elected, and lose my non-binding close and delete votes, I'll be even more cautious, and cast votes more sparingly for questions that could still use some help from the rest of the community. I'm more than happy to get rid of spam or not-an-answers though.
OMG Ponies answered: I've experienced harassment for "non-binding" close votes, went so far as to request that names not be posted on Meta because of the serial downvoting I experienced. I don't see any difference, personally.