Who decides and manages the moderators on this site? My experience is that they are rather conceited and condescending to users, preferring lengthy verbal arguments than attempting to provide a few quick possible solutions to honest questions. This only tarnishes the reputation of Ubuntu. The powers that be should be aware of this and heed my critiques...
This is about this question (10k users can see it still).
It was closed by 5 normal users, and marked for deletion by another high-rep user and me.
I interrupted the argument you were having with another user yesterday on the main site and pointed out that your record of behaviour up to that point was unacceptable. I did this out-of-band (and out out public view) because fights and resulting disciplinary messages (aka "drama") hurt the community.
As I said I would, I have already contacted the other party and they have apologised unreservedly for losing their cool but as I said at the time, the message I sent to you was about your conduct, not theirs.
I don't see that being conceited. You disagree. I can live with that.
If you're in a situation where you feel a moderator has been unfair to you, there are still options:
You can ask for the opinion from another mod (we often do this ourselves if we find ourselves cornered). In this case where a mod-message was sent, all the other mods get a notification about it and could chip in (or contact me in our mod chat room) if they disagreed or had something to add. Neither of those things has happened here.
You can complain to Stack Exchange directly through the Contact Us link in the footer. They can see everything and could de-moderate us if we did something really bad.
And because most of the mods are Ubuntu Members, you could complain directly to the Community Council... though I'm not sure what they could do other than rescind our Ubuntu Membership (which has nothing to do with Ask Ubuntu).
Play the long-con, become a moderator and somehow beat my at my own game.
But more than anything you've clearly ignored the message I sent you. You're already whittering on about fifteen year olds in the comments as if that means something. If you're here to ask for help, ask for it and respond politely when people suggest things.
In direct answer to your question:
- These are the moderators
- You can recognise them on the site by the ♦ next to their names.
- They were elected by the users of the site
- Most users can comment and just because they're not moderators (or if they're fifteen) it doesn't mean what they're saying is any less worthwhile. As a new user you might want to recognise that.
- Most users can flag things for closure.
- Some users can vote for closure and deletion directly (but it still takes more than one).