I think it would be wise before the upcoming moderator election to reflect a bit on the prior moderation history so that we can benefit from our prior experience. Some of the prior problems with moderation stem from the fact that the pro tem mods acted in ways that did not reflect community norms. To avoid this in the future, I think it would be beneficial to explicitly determine what the majority consensus is on moderation policies. So I propose that folks post answers below specifying proposed moderation policies. Please post one policy item per answer so that each item can be voted on independently. Not only will this help us to realize what the majority consensus is, but it will also help us to elect mods that agree with that consensus. In particular, any mod candidate should pledge to abide by whatever norms the community has devised, so as not to repeat the past mistakes. In particular I hope that between us we can recall all the issues of the past so we can put these problems to rest once and for all once the new mod team is in place.
Please propose moderation policy items below. One item per answer. Upvote if you agree with a policy item - downvote if you don't.
This post and the answers are intentionally CW. Please feel free to edit them as need be. The goal is to determine what we desire as a community, with the hope that we can set reasonable policies for the future so to avoid the mistakes of the past. We can make the job much easier for future mods if we can establish clearly defined policies for them to follow that will respect the desires of the majority of the community. Without any input from us they can only guess what we want. Please provide input. A little effort here can go a long way to keeping the forum running smoothly in the future.
Note to pro tem mods: Please help by contributing here. Surely your job was made difficult by the fact that you had no predefined community consensus to work with. Please tell us what needs to be improved. Request community input on those policy points where it was not clear what the community desired.