User:BobHammero/Sandbox/Making the Policies Not Suck/General Conduct

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General Conduct

Moderators are provided with abilities beyond that of normal users on the expectation that they will be used to fulfill duties on the wiki that normal users are not capable of fulfilling. Moderators are not any "more worthy" than any other user, and Moderators are not to use their status to create the impression that they are. Moderators are merely especially trusted wiki users, and are beholden to the community just as any other user is. For most actions on the wiki, a Moderator's word has no greater weight than any other user. As a wiki, for these actions, each user's voice has equal weight, regardless of his or her abilities.

In some instances, however, Moderators are considered to have greater authority than normal users so that they can effectively fulfill their responsibilities.

  • Moderators are considered "more authoritative" than normal users in the sense that only Moderators can make decisions regarding Moderator-specific responsibilities, and only Moderators can definitively enforce wiki policies.
  • Moderators, as trusted users of the wiki, are given the right to make judgment calls and use their best discretion on a case-by-case basis. Should the exact wording of the policies run contrary to a Moderator's best good-faith judgment and/or the spirit of the policies, the exact wording may be ignored.
  • Moderators are also given the authority to make decisions regarding actions for which there is no governing policy in place. For example, should a particular action for which there is no policy be disputed, Moderators may exercise their best judgment to allow or deny it.
  • Past Moderator actions that are not explicitly governed by a policy may be used as precedent, but if a Moderator believes that the precedent should be ignored for some significant reason, he or she may do so.

For any Moderator-specific actions, if a Moderator is found to have been in error, the processes of Moderation Misconduct may be used to resolve the issue.

In short, a Moderator is to be treated as a normal user, with all the rights and responsibilities therein, with some additional responsibilities and associated rights so that they can fulfill those responsibilities.