2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Apr 4, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Apr 18, 2023 at 20:00
election ended
Apr 26, 2023 at 20:00
candidates
2
positions
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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!

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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. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 3 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 4 here]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

[Answer 5 here]

nephewtom

Make Emacs users life easier, even if that means to use other tools, not Emacs.

And would promote the consumption of healthy cookies.

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?

Would buy him a cookie and tell him to argue with himself for a while.

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

Would buy him a cookie and tell him to reconsider the closed/deleted/etc.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

They moderate.

  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?

Nice, that should be for everybody.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

Not interested in my effectiveness but in the community.

Trevoke

When it comes to emacs and the stackexchange, I was on area51 to help suggest that we get this going. I asked some questions apparently as far back as 2014, yikes, how time flies, that means I've been using emacs at least that long, too. I am the author of two packages, sqlup (upcase SQL as you type, or in a region) and org-gtd.el, a relatively ambitious package sitting on top of org-mode trying to provide a convenient GTD workflow (and I am currently knee-deep in a large refactor preparing for the 3.0.0 release of the package).

As far as moderating ability, I have been moderator before. I have been on all four sides of internet disagreements (offender, offended, neutral party, and bystander), and I know that while some folks just want to see the world trolled, many folks are simply stuck inside a perspective with heightened emotions.

I am hoping that most of my time as a moderator will be spent doing small cleanups and simply having engaging, constructive exchanges with the community, so we all get better at doing emacs (and, for most of us, instead of what we should probably be doing).

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?

Since the user has provided valuable answers, we can generally suppose they're trying to be a good agent.

Almost all communication here is better off private between the user and me (though if there's a mod team, they'd need to get the gist of it, or more, as well). Depending on the quality of arguments/flags, I would start either with some friendly nudges (e.g. "hey, this tag is usually reserved for X, you've been using it for Y") or something exploratory (e.g. "hey, can you tell me what you meant to express here? It has sparked a couple of notifications for us").

If I notice a pattern, then I'd bring up that pattern to the user. Most of the time, the feedback framework (observation, impact, request) allows a constructive conversation.

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

Reach out privately to the mod, tell them I want to calibrate with them, and ask what drove their decision. I can then share my perspectives and hopefully we can come to an agreement; but, if we don't, that's probably alright anyway. This is only a big issue if I think the mod action causes bigger issues than it solves.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Community janitors, for the most part; we make sure the trash goes in the bags and the bags go where they're supposed to. We do also act as community managers to some extent, and occasionally we step in when the online nature of the community keeps disagreements from being resolved organically.

  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 prepared for it. I realize it means my words and actions will suddenly also represent the stackexchange community and to some extent stackoverflow itself, and it's a large responsibility.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

I don't think it'll make much more effective, because to be fair I've not been very active, but we need more nominations. :D.. And I'll be more active if I get elected.

This election is over.