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2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 21, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Mar 7, 2023 at 20:00
election cancelled
Mar 7, 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

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. 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]

Terry Carter

I am just a guy who loves Joomla... so why should you vote for me as a moderator?

I 100% support the Joomla CMS project and open source in general.

I have a firm belief that JSE is a fantastic resource for both experience Joomla coders and those who may not be a developer by trade.

I will do everything I can during my time as a moderator to continue developing this treasure trove of knowledge that we call the JSE.

I want to see this Community thrive moving forward in the future and remain a safe place where like minded individuals can ask questions and receive answers in an informative manner that is free of strife and criticism.

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?

Arguments should be taken on a case by case basis. Not everyone conveys what they mean to say in the best manner. Some people have very strongly worded opinions that others may take as argumentative. It is good form to have a well informed argument from time to time, so long as no one is directly attacked for their views.

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

Have a conversation with the other moderator to gain some insight as to the decision they made and why. People don't always agree but it is best to try and understand the reasoning of all parties involved.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?
  1. A moderator helps to guide new users when they ask questions.

  2. Edits questions and answers that overall may be illegible.

  3. De-clutters the site by reducing the population of duplicate questions.

  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 am okay with that. I may not always have the perfect answer to a question or comment, but any questions, answers, or comments I have made have been as well informed as possible given what information there was to work with.

  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?

This community has helped me over the years when I was struggling to find answers that the manual just didn't cover. I am not so much concerned about status as I am about helping those new to Joomla like I was when I first joined the community. As a mod I am hoping I can help pass on the knowledge that I have gained just being a member. There are many who come to the JSE to get an answer for one question only. I want to inspire people to become repeat visitors by fostering a welcoming environment.

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mickmackusa

Why should you re-elect me as JSE moderator:

  • I am an extremely passionate supporter of the Stack Exchange Network and wholeheartedly believe that it is the best platform for sharing knowledge.

  • Contributing to JSE has become a daily routine for me. Since joining this community 4 years and 11 months ago (4.9 years), I've visited the site on 1755 of those days (4.8 years).

  • I have experience-based philosophies regarding what is good/bad for a community which I have sharpened over nearly a decade of activity across multiple communities in the Stack Exchange network (not to mention an administrator role in another forum). I will happily help new moderators to settle into the team and learn the tooling.

  • I am driven to see this community mature and expand in terms of content and membership. I have been an enthusiastic advocate for JSE at multiple Joomla events and I still attend my local Joomla meetup group.

  • I do not play favourites and I am adamantly opposed to any activities that will cause discontent 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?

I would have to evaluate the arguments/flags on a case by case basis. If the arguments contain no personal attacks and they endeavour to make valid points, then I have no problem with that (well, maybe it will need to be moved to a chatroom). However, I am happy to remove comments that do not benefit readers; and I will promptly confront any activities that violate community rules/spirit. I have not yet needed to suspend a (legitimate) user because of their actions, but I have sent and will always send a clear message to an offending user that their knowledge is too valuable to lose and that they shouldn't risk depriving the community of their insights by persisting with unsavoury behaviours.

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

While my philosophies on moderatorship are mature, that doesn't mean that they are inflexible. I would have a discussion with the moderator (or potentially the whole moderator team so that we all learn from the experience) to hear their perspective, share my perspective, and attempt to find intersections. I don't need to always get my way; if they have good reasons for their decision I am happy to accept the outcome.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

On other Stack Exchange sites, the role takes various shapes. On JSE, I see the job of moderators to be:

  • "steady the ship": help all users to meet quality expectations and encourage all users to remain active/enthusiastic

  • "lead by example": always be generous/educational/constructive when posting, commenting, reviewing and moderating

  • "take out the trash": JSE doesn't have a significant spammer problem; there is very, very little to clean up; deleting spam and suspending spammers is very seldom needed

  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?

The diamond next to my content doesn't change anything about my contribution style. My questions and answers have always been rooted in best practices, are typically tested before posted, and represent the very best of my professional advice at the time. I take pride in my work, so that readers can have high confidence in my considered/researched offerings.

  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 am experienced in performing high level moderation both here and on Stack Overflow. I would be less effective for this community if I didn't have access to moderator tools. These tools enable me to efficiently improve the community. Because reputation growth occurs at a somewhat slower pace on JSE, it would take me quite a while to unlock all of the privileges "naturally".


p.s. (I hit the character limit in my candidate statement) I do want to be very clear that while I have lengthy experience as a professional PHP developer, my knowledge of the CMS is rather limited. For a window of time, I was working for a Joomla development agency, but I have not worked for that agency for over 3 years now. I no longer have access to any Joomla projects. This means that my contributions are usually purely user/content moderation or answering questions that can be solved by a PHP developer. I do feel that I have enough residual knowledge to confidently moderate this community.

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This election is over.