With no active moderation for several months now, Writing SE is slowly but steadily sliding into an unrecoverable state. There is already major cleanup needed, but it CAN still be done. I request that an election or emergency granting of moderator power be done ASAP!
The long-standing repercussions of the fall are something we’re still recovering from. The moderator situation on Writing and a handful of other sites is something we need to address - and we are but we’re not talking about it publicly so I can understand why y’all feel ignored. While many sites have lost mods or entire moderator teams, I think Writing may be the site struggling the most.
I know that y’all have put in a huge amount of work to get where you are. I’ve been doing what I can to help, mostly handling flags 2-3 times weekly to keep up with moderation needs. This includes removing low quality answers and rude or unnecessary comments. If you’re seeing them and they’re not being removed, please flag. I’m happy to help in the interim.
I’m guessing what you’re concerned about right now is closing off topic questions. This is something curators generally handle rather than mods. But y’all have lost a good number of your curators, too, so I can imagine that having the help of a mod hammer would be welcome.
I’ve mentioned moderation on Writing Meta and the feeling I’ve gotten is that some feel that things are in a place where the community is so low spirited that an election would be poorly received and have little interest from eligible users. If this isn’t the case - if there are 4-5 (or more) 300+ rep users willing to run - I’m glad to know that.
We generally stop holding elections around late November through the new year. We would have started them up again in January but we were waiting on a much-needed update to the moderator agreement, which hasn’t been updated in years and doesn’t even mention our Code of Conduct. Because we’re unsure what it will look like, we’ve been hesitant to hold new elections while waiting for the update out of concern that some moderators, including just-elected ones, would step down rather than agreeing to the new terms.
I sincerely hope that the new mod agreement is something that all of the current and future mods will agree to - that it’s written in a way that recognizes what moderation means on this network and that it asks moderators to agree to a set of things that aren’t onerous and takes their volunteer status into account.
As of now, it’s still in a draft form and hasn’t gone to the current moderators for review and feedback. But... it’s taking too long and will probably not be complete until March. Monday we will begin the first election of 2020, on The Workplace. I can’t make any promises about elections right now. The CM team is working to decide the best course of action and we’re reassessing as things change.
We might also need to consider other options. If closing is part of the problem, I can look into getting your close and reopen votes needed to close a question (temporarily) reduced to 3. Even after an election, this may still help with curation as you’ll likely lose some of your active reviewers to moderation and mods are often hesitant to unilaterally close questions without community participation.
If there’s other problems I’m not aware of, let me know. In the meantime, know that I’m keeping flags handled and we will be working on getting this addressed.