2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 12 at 20:00
election began
Apr 26 at 20:00
election ended
May 4 at 20:00
candidates
3
positions
2

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]

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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.

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Evorlor

I have been active on this site since 2014. I want to run as a way to give back to this community that has been so helpful to me over the past 7 years.

I have given my fair share of answers, but also asked nearly as many questions. As someone who has asked so many questions, I am able to better represent those of you who are askers.

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 would handle each flag on a case-by-case basis. If the comment follows the ToS, I would take no action. It is not a moderator's right to censor the community. If the comment violated the ToS, I would remove the comment, and issue a warning.

  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 closure with the moderator in chat so we could get on the same page. Then we can take appropriate action together once we determine what that is.

  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?

Same answer as above. There is not a catch-all. These should be handled on case-by-case bases.

  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?

I feel fine. There is a reason for it. I am not crushing their dreams. This is a bit dramatic 😋 If it is really their dream, then they will be just fine.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are responsible for maintaining and raising the quality of the site.

  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?

Excellent. I like it 😈

  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?

They are two different things. Apples and Oranges. While both have privileges to help the community, a moderator is obligated to help the community.

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liggiorgio

I've always appreciated the exchange of views among people with different ideas and experience. As a member of several communities, I've always been eager to learn new things as a beginner and willing to share and help others whenever possible, both in real life and online.

I try to consider as many aspects of a given matter as possible, be it a coding challenge or a social issue, when searching for a solution. I'm always open to discuss with others and ask for advice - I don't always know best, but I do my best to know it.

I spend most of my time on Game Dev answering others' questions, commenting, and helping solve their issues, along with low-level moderation in the review queues. My motivation stems from the guidance I received from others when I have first begun, and I'm willing to pay back with those who come next. I firmly believe that showing patience and respect to newcomers (and hot-tempered people too) always pays in the long run, both for them and the rest of the community.

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?

While valuable participation is always welcome, we should prioritise a safe environment for everyone. Clever answers never compensate for harmful behaviour. Suspending the comment privilege may be impractical or too severe, so I would first reach out to them and discuss community guidelines and interaction with other users together. I would also remove inappropriate comments, although I'd prefer they did so on their initiative.

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

I would contact them privately and discuss our reasons. If mine is a new viewpoint on the issue, we can undertake a different action; otherwise, I will improve my sense of judgement. Either way, everyone is happy.

  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?

I would contact them out of pure curiosity rather than a will to discuss our opinions. I'd ask how can we improve that question since closing isn't the best option. An open question is better than a closed one, as it continues to be a discussion ground for other users.

  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?

I'd feel sorry for them since they may be in a time of need. We all have been there. But as a moderator, I must make sure the overall quality of the website content is not compromised. Should accounts be deleted and questions be closed, be it. But, be sure we'd always give appropriate feedback to those users so that they can improve and become valuable members, rather than just quietly applying mod actions.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Well, they... moderate, of course. They show newcomers around the website, keep questions clean and on topic, moderate chat rooms, and deal with tricky conflicts between users. They make sure everyone has to deal with their gamedev issues only. And, they are users too, answering questions and commenting and having fun in chats and on Meta!

  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 generally take my time before posting so that I can best deliver my message and be friendly at the same time; as a mod, I would do the same. All in all, I'd be just a regular user (plus, some other responsibilities) who posts questions and answers. I may be right, I may be wrong, and I'm ok with that.

  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?

As a moderator, I could have access to more tools to help the community. More importantly, I can easily get in touch with other moderators and discuss with them how to improve and what to do next for the community.

This election is over.