Neither one of those things bother me. I especially don’t mind at all when a student asks another moderator for further clarification, because it’s good to get another person’s perspective.
Personally, I find several things very irritating:
- When a student posts to the forum instead of looking in a dictionary.
- When students try to get the moderators to do their homework for them.
- When a student posts a long essay and wants the moderators to function as his unpaid editors.
There is a fourth thing that irritates me, and I don’t know if I really should be annoyed by it or not. It’s something a person you and I know well does frequently. That is when a student puts up masses of posts asking about the esoteric differences between pairs of terms that are essentially not different. I let the other moderators answer those.
Another one that bothers me is when a students is working through a TOEFL cram book and puts up 50 posts asking us to explain individual multiple-choice items in the book. Again, I don’t know if I have a right to be irritated by those, and again, I let the other moderators deal with them. In real, face-to-face life I am also irritated when a student wants my help with TOEFL study instead of with learning English.