2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 18, 2021 at 20:00
election began
Oct 25, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
Nov 2, 2021 at 20:00
candidates
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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

Full elections have three phases and an optional fourth phase (Primary):

  1. Question Collection
  2. Nomination
  3. Primary
  4. 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. How will you handle a disagreement with another moderator over an action one of you has taken (or will be taking) on a post that requires moderator attention?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. How would you handle this situation: An earlier question is a duplicate or near-duplicate of a new one, the top answer to the older question appears out of date, a new answer to the old question would be buried at the bottom and would never realistically be seen by people who would benefit from it.

[Answer 4 here]

  1. In which time zone do you live?

[Answer 5 here]

  1. How would you handle this situation: A newbie has posted an answer that should more properly have been a comment, but the newbie doesn't have enough rep. Enough votes have been posted to delete it. A flag has been posted requesting conversion to a comment. Would you leave the deletion and ignore the flag, or convert the "answer" to a comment as requested by the flagger? Or would this depend on the content of the answer?

[Answer 6 here]

  1. How much time do you spend on TeX.SE a day?

[Answer 7 here]

  1. What would you like to change about the current style of moderation? (If you would like to change anything.)

[Answer 8 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 9 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 10 here]

Roland

I joined this community over a year ago. Since then I am a highly active and passionate member and know the rules and community guidelines well. I always welcome new members benevolent and kindly pointed out to discrepancies in their first questions / answers. In the event of discrepancies, I am always careful to stick to facts and put personal opinions aside. Here I also can take advantage from my effective communication skills and my capability to work with others. Any disagreement must be communicated fairly, diplomatically and respectfully.

Therefore, I see the role of a moderator as servant leadership in order to help any member with any issues that arises. This does not equip the moderator with power, but with responsibility.

Finally, I already diligently participate in all kinds of task to help the TeX.SE community to increase and keep it clean from spam to provide high quality content to its members.

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 first thank him for his helpful answers. Then I would try to communicate why his plenty arguments and flags may not be beneficial to the community.

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

I think everyone will take his mod task seriously. So there will be good reasons why he closed it. I would point out my considerations, why I would not have closed it.

  1. How will you handle a disagreement with another moderator over an action one of you has taken (or will be taking) on a post that requires moderator attention?

I always welcome feedback and I think peer moderators think so too.

  1. How would you handle this situation: An earlier question is a duplicate or near-duplicate of a new one, the top answer to the older question appears out of date, a new answer to the old question would be buried at the bottom and would never realistically be seen by people who would benefit from it.

Marking questions as duplicate is a fundamental tool to help members to find the right answer. In this case it seems more advisable to merge the questions if the old one is an exact duplicate. It may also be considered to delete it if the loss of information will not have a negative effect (e.g. the old answer has no more relevance).

  1. In which time zone do you live?

Japan UTC+09:00

  1. How would you handle this situation: A newbie has posted an answer that should more properly have been a comment, but the newbie doesn't have enough rep. Enough votes have been posted to delete it. A flag has been posted requesting conversion to a comment. Would you leave the deletion and ignore the flag, or convert the "answer" to a comment as requested by the flagger? Or would this depend on the content of the answer?

In the case the comment provides usefull information, I would convert the answer to a comment.

  1. How much time do you spend on TeX.SE a day?

I work a lot online so it is basically always open. Weekend is family time so I am only occasionally online. So far I visited the site on 390 days and 338 consecutive.

  1. What would you like to change about the current style of moderation? (If you would like to change anything.)

I would provide information regarding a disputed flag more frequently.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

As little a possible :)... and keep the sites clean from spam and inappropriate content.

  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?

Even now I comment and post with a clear conscience as if I were speaking personally. So I guess I wouldn't make that much of a difference.

Alan Munn

I've been an active member of the site for almost 11 years, and have tried to help it grow into what most people think is one of the friendliest sites in the network. I think we've achieved this by focusing a lot on helping new users improve both questions and answers through comments rather than participating in a "dog-eat-dog" downvoting/competing answers system. One of the big advantages of having developed such a culture on the site is that the need for very active moderation, much less heavy handed moderation, is kept to a minimum. As a moderator I would strive to maintain that record, which I think is exemplary on the Stackexchange network as a whole.

I've learned a lot from the site and also contributed a lot, and becoming a moderator would be another way for me to give back to 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?

First and foremost, I would try to engage with the person (perhaps along with the other moderators) to try to see how we could convince the person that their behaviour (no matter how justified they might think it is) is causing issues and they should think about ways to adjust it. Valuable content itself is not a sufficient reason to keep such users around. I think in many cases the convincing has to be of the sort that says roughly "just let things go". But of course each individual case is different.

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

Closure by moderators is fairly infrequent on the site, so in reality this problem might not arise very often. Closure is usually done by voting. But as with any closure, if you can make a good case that a question should be reopened, it usually can be (again by the community). But to answer the specific question, I would simply talk to the moderator and make my case, and reopen or leave closed depending on the outcome of that discussion.

  1. How will you handle a disagreement with another moderator over an action one of you has taken (or will be taking) on a post that requires moderator attention?

This is pretty much the same question as Question 2. If there are contentious decisions to be made, it's probably best to involve all three moderators to discuss things and make a decision by consensus. And since everything can be undone, there's not a problem to undo an action (perhaps with an appropriate explanation or even an apology if needed). Of course we hope these events if they do happen, do so rarely, which in my experience is the case.

  1. How would you handle this situation: An earlier question is a duplicate or near-duplicate of a new one, the top answer to the older question appears out of date, a new answer to the old question would be buried at the bottom and would never realistically be seen by people who would benefit from it.

This definitely happens from time to time, and it's perfectly reasonable to merge the questions or point the duplicate in the other direction. I've asked our existing moderator team to do that in the past, and they've always been happy to do so when it seemed appropriate.

  1. In which time zone do you live?

I'm in the US (Eastern Time zone)

  1. How would you handle this situation: A newbie has posted an answer that should more properly have been a comment, but the newbie doesn't have enough rep. Enough votes have been posted to delete it. A flag has been posted requesting conversion to a comment. Would you leave the deletion and ignore the flag, or convert the "answer" to a comment as requested by the flagger? Or would this depend on the content of the answer?

I think this would mainly depend on the content of the answer. But if it seems helpful to be a comment, I would simply make the conversion to a comment.

  1. How much time do you spend on TeX.SE a day?

I'm at least around most days, both on the site and in chat. The degree to which I'm actively answering questions is dependent a lot on my real work.

  1. What would you like to change about the current style of moderation? (If you would like to change anything.)

This is a bit of a loaded question. :) The vast majority of us have little or no interaction with the moderators in their moderator role and so our perception is "everything is fine". Of course the tiny subset of users who have interacted with the moderators as moderators may have a different view of things. But contentious issues that require moderation are by design kept quite private among the parties concerned, so unless you're specifically involved in one, you don't really have a sense of how the moderation works.

That being said, I would say that the main "style" of moderation of the site is very hands-off, (i.e., intervention only when absolutely necessary) and I agree completely with that style.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

I think the main role of the moderators is to keep the site running as smoothly as possible. As I mentioned in Question 8, I believe that a light handed style of moderation works well, especially for this site, and that means that other than regular housecleaning type activities moderators should let the community decide most things. A moderator should also be seen as not having an agenda (other than keeping the site healthy), and should be someone who any member of the community should feel comfortable contacting about issues they may be having. This means that moderators should be ready to listen, and in their dealings on the site strive to be fair.

  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?

One of the things that has contributed to the nice community that we have here is that many active users contribute using their real names, and as a result most of us are quite aware that everything we post is publicly associated to us. I'm no exception here, so other than the fact that my 10 year old answers might not be as sophisticated as my 1 year old answers, I'm not too worried. (To be clear, I'm not casting aspersions on those who post under pseudonyms, but posting under one's real name certainly has a positive effect on what you post.)

Werner

I've been a member of the community for just over a decade and have had experience using LaTeX for over 20 years. My approach as a community member has grown substantially over the years as well as the interaction with other members. As a moderator I would be able to contribute in a different way. I would lean on existing moderators' experience regarding moderator-specific issues, but feel comfortable in the way I've managed other trusted-user actions in the past. Moderation would be a next step and will also provide additional life skills beyond the site, I'm sure!

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?

Existing moderators would be my first go-to. There's also far greater value in assessing actions and/or direction when we discuss the topic, rather than take unjustified knee-jerk reactions. Our site has been handled without great issues in that regard as far as I'm concerned.

I can also appreciate the fact that the community is extremely diverse, spread globally with different backgrounds. Some people may just have a difficult way to express themselves fully. Each situation should be considered on its own merit.

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

I've cast votes on questions before and retracted them after there was sufficient evidence (closure due to having a gold badge in the question tag, for example). We should be open to undo something if the decision wasn't right. The site allows for this option (close/open, delete/undelete), so we can work with that.

  1. How will you handle a disagreement with another moderator over an action one of you has taken (or will be taking) on a post that requires moderator attention?

We have an odd number of moderators for this reason so we can establish a majority vote on a decision. That seems fair.

  1. How would you handle this situation: An earlier question is a duplicate or near-duplicate of a new one, the top answer to the older question appears out of date, a new answer to the old question would be buried at the bottom and would never realistically be seen by people who would benefit from it.

I'll trust in the site providing links between duplicates and that visitors will use those to navigate between posts. Failing that, one could always add comments below questions that point to a more appropriate (possibly buried) answer.

There is also a current suggestion for site changes that would allow for top-rated answers (by votes) to be pinned as opposed to accepted answers. I've proposed a site-specific approach where moderators may have the capability to manage this ranking on a per-question basis, since our site have seems like it would be capable of handling such an approach - a blanket unpinning or highest-vote first approach might not be best. Discussions around re-ranking can be handled on the child meta.

  1. In which time zone do you live?

Pacific Daylight Time (PDT, GMT -7h)

  1. How would you handle this situation: A newbie has posted an answer that should more properly have been a comment, but the newbie doesn't have enough rep. Enough votes have been posted to delete it. A flag has been posted requesting conversion to a comment. Would you leave the deletion and ignore the flag, or convert the "answer" to a comment as requested by the flagger? Or would this depend on the content of the answer?

This would depend on the content in the answer combined with my experience on the subject matter.

  1. How much time do you spend on TeX.SE a day?

About 1h per day. It used to be much more!

  1. What would you like to change about the current style of moderation? (If you would like to change anything.)

I might only know how to answer this once I'm in the moderator weeds. :-|

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

They are regular community members with additional capacity to site tools that should improve the knowledgebase. They are also a possible link between the local site and the network-wide audience.

  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?

This is the Internet. It is the case in general - things stay out there. I'm comfortable with what I've put out on this site in the past and moving forward.

MadyYuvi, I can try to provide proper response to the questions how much I can, and can try to give better answer. I feel encourage new comer is an most important one to grow up this forum. Ans will try to put my level of best to TeX....

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?

[Answer 1 here] First should respect their post and knowledge, and will try to explain the fact and the other possible and better way and explained to them...

  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] Anyhow, if a question was closed, definitely there were some reason for that, so will analyze that reason and try to understand the value why the question was closed, and in general, my thought is, a question should close by its exact answer...

  1. How will you handle a disagreement with another moderator over an action one of you has taken (or will be taking) on a post that requires moderator attention?

[Answer 3 here] Definitely, a question always having many better answer, and should give respect to all the suggestions/answers which giving proper response...

  1. How would you handle this situation: An earlier question is a duplicate or near-duplicate of a new one, the top answer to the older question appears out of date, a new answer to the old question would be buried at the bottom and would never realistically be seen by people who would benefit from it.

[Answer 4 here] Surely, some period of time gap will always helps to provide better solution as well as for new question, so will provide suggestion based on older question same time should consider whether that suits with the latest trend...

  1. In which time zone do you live?

[Answer 5 here] India Standard Time

  1. How would you handle this situation: A newbie has posted an answer that should more properly have been a comment, but the newbie doesn't have enough rep. Enough votes have been posted to delete it. A flag has been posted requesting conversion to a comment. Would you leave the deletion and ignore the flag, or convert the "answer" to a comment as requested by the flagger? Or would this depend on the content of the answer?

[Answer 6 here] Definitely it should based on the content of the answer, if the answer is correct then not upto the standard level, will try to change as per the OP requirement, etc.

  1. How much time do you spend on TeX.SE a day?

[Answer 7 here] ~3-4 hrs

  1. What would you like to change about the current style of moderation? (If you would like to change anything.)

[Answer 8 here] Existing format is good...

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 9 here] I'll try to avoid to give `negative` marks, hence it may spoil the new comers mind...

  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 10 here] Very much exciting and same time feel some shyness, because I might asked some silly question, so I wondered how other's thought about me (ha ha ha)

This election is over.