I bringing this up, because I think that is something we should discuss before it becomes too much of a problem.
There are members of community that feel there is too much moderation. The trigger for me to post this question was @ATpoint's comment about converting comments into questions:
I agree and I think @gringer should stop doing that unless a comment get sufficient community vote as I suggested many times before. –ATpoint
But there were other moderation problems flagged before. Namely, with deleting comments to early, but also for closing deleted questions:
- Deleting comments before the question is answered
- Moderators: Please do not close questions just because they are old
I do think @gringer does marvels to the cleanness of this site - stats like "fraction of answered questions" or the amounts of very clearly outdated questions a great, for big part thanks to them. So, thank you for that Gringer! But in all these "edge" cases, I am more on the side of people - I do think we should make sure people won't get too frustrated with our moderation despotism and I am afraid it might have repelled some people already.
As I belive that there is a good intention of making the webpage clean and tiny, I do think we could just, as a community, define better what are the edge cases.
- Comments to answers: What comments should be converted to answers? E.g. How many upvotes a comment must have? Or another comment saying that the previous one was a solution for them
- Deleting comments: How old comments we delete to make sure we don't cut an ongoing discussion? Nothing older than 48 hours? Or something like the last comment older than 48 hours?
- Closing old/outdated questions: I think this one is not much of an issue at this point, but I guess we could also agree if we do it or not. (I would leave this to the community, e.g. mod closing of questions that have >2 votes, or something like that).
I do think we all want to have a helpful community, that is useful to everyone. We just need to agree how to go about it, because our visions clearly differ.