2021 Moderator Election

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On Stack Exchange, we believe the core moderators should come from the community, and be elected by the community itself through popular vote. We hold regular elections to determine who these community moderators will be.

Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior and leaders within the community.

Our general criteria for moderators is as follows:

  • patient and fair
  • leads by example
  • shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words
  • open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions

Every election has three phases:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!


  • Election chat room - discuss the election, candidates, etc.

  • For questions about the election process itself, visit Meta.

Questionnaire
The community team has compiled questions from meta for the candidates to answer.
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

[Answer 1 here]

  1. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?

[Answer 2 here]

  1. This is the "inverse" of question 2 - How would you handle a situation where another mod did not close/delete/etc a question that you feel should have been, and they answered it too?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. Some too-young-to-use-the-site users come and ask questions here. Some very new developers come and ask questions here. Those too-young users are not allowed to use the site and should be reported (with their account deleted by the CMs), and very new developers ask off-topic questions that need to be closed. They're often desperate and need help. How do you feel about having those folks' dreams blocked because of the actions you need to take?

[Answer 4 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 5 here]

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

[Answer 6 here]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

[Answer 7 here]

Almo

I have a proven track record of fairness as one of the room owners of the Game Dev chat. I'm not always right about things, but I will admit and accept when I'm not.

I don't have the most answers on the site, but I care a lot about keeping it running smoothly and want to do my part helping the moderators with their work. This is a standard pattern with me in online communities; I spend several years as an active user, then I become more interested in how the site itself functions. This releates to my profession as a game designer.

I participate on the Meta portion of the site, helping guide decisions about how it's run.

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

I don't know if mods have this power, but the best way to deal with it would be to remove their commenting privileges. Absent this power, I would try to engage them in a private discussion about how their behavior is damaging to the site. This discussion would include an acknowledgement of the value of their answering contributions.

  1. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?

I would discuss the question in question (hahaha) with the mod privately to see what their reasoning is, explain mine, then determine if it's best left closed or not.

  1. This is the "inverse" of question 2 - How would you handle a situation where another mod did not close/delete/etc a question that you feel should have been, and they answered it too?

Similar approach to Question 2: I would approach the mod privately and discuss it with them. Learn their reasoning, explain mine, then determine if anything futher needs to be done.

  1. Some too-young-to-use-the-site users come and ask questions here. Some very new developers come and ask questions here. Those too-young users are not allowed to use the site and should be reported (with their account deleted by the CMs), and very new developers ask off-topic questions that need to be closed. They're often desperate and need help. How do you feel about having those folks' dreams blocked because of the actions you need to take?

As a mod, my first concern is for the quality of the site. Stack has spent considerable time tuning the site methodology to help people, since that is good for business. Lots of good help means lots of return visitors.

As for these young and new-to-development users, there are other places for them to get help with their issues. Many isses people have when they are brand new aren't suited to Stack's Q&A methodology as they're not even sure how to ask their questions.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?
  1. Keep the site functioning smoothly from a usage standpoint

  2. Resolve conflicts between users

  3. Guide the philosophies that underpin each Stack site as they all have different cultures

  4. Help with chatroom moderation

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

I'm confident that there is little I have said either in chat or on the Q&A site that would be questionable with a diamond by it. If such things appear that would need to be removed, I don't have a problem with that. As a publicly visible developer on a game with 4 million monthly active users, I'm accustomed to my public comments being intensely scrutinized.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

Having easy access to private discussion with other mods will make it easier to participate in making decisions that affect our users.

This election is currently in the nomination phase. Nominations close in 6 days.

You must have more than 300 reputation to nominate yourself as a candidate in this election.