In my 4 months career here on Sports beta, I've asked 11 questions. Two out of the three moderators get stuck asking only 2 questions in approximately 1.5 year.
Should moderators, especially in beta sites, be involved into asking questions?
To engage in the question at hand, the following is stated in the link above:
We generally expect that moderators:
- lead by example
If "lead[ing] by example" is asking questions, then sure, moderators should be involved.
However, unless a moderator has a question to ask, why would we, the community, hold them to do so?
Why single-out moderators? Sure, the site needs more questions, and if you have some good questions, then ask them. However, forcing users to ask questions when they don't have any just leads to poor, hypothetical questions that no one cares about the answers to.
I've been involved with the Pets beta site, which just came out of private beta not long ago. With everyone trying to fulfill their area51 committments, and lots of people trying to get their rep to climb, there have been some truly terrible questions asked. Many of them are hypothetical pet questions, asked by people that clearly don't actually own the animals they asked about and don't know anything about them.
Questions that are asked by people that actually have a question (rather than people just trying to fill up a site with questions) are much better.
I've only asked a couple of questions on this site (but many more on StackOverflow and other SE sites) - mainly because I grew up playing and watching lots of sports and am generally pretty knowledgeable about the sports I'm interested in and follow. I just don't have that many questions about them.
I suppose I could ask questions and then answer them myself to knowledge share but I don't think that's really what the SE sites are about. I'd rather see questions stem from where interests lie - not where moderators knowledge lies.
I think moderators (at least the pro temp ones) should participate in the Q&A. Asking a good question is way more difficult than answering questions.
If they are to lead by example, then asking questions should be part of the deal.
Thanks for voicing your opinion here Esa.
Another thing that came into my mind where the bonus points (after reading the Moderator Pro Tempore post):
- Members with participation in both meta and the parent site (i.e. interest in both community building and expertise in the field).
- Area 51 participation, social network referrals, or blogging about the site.
- Members who have already shown an interest or ability to promote their community.
Promoting (and community building) the community would, for me, imply to ask questions on tags that don't exist or can use more exposure.
@Esa: if you posted your comment as an answer, I would've down voted it. Feel free to down- or upvote this answer.