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2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 17, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Oct 31, 2023 at 20:00
election cancelled
Oct 31, 2023 at 20:05
candidates
2
positions
3

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]

The Pitch

I have been on JSE for a number of years now and check it several time a day, reading each question answering where and when I can. I like the style of JSE and would like to see it gain more usage in the Joomla community but that needs to be supported by people willing to not only ask the questions but also take the time to answer them.

I have been the moderator on a couple of special interest forums for nearly 20 years dealing with up to 50-60 post a day at their peaks and have had to deal with some heavy situations at times however I believe I handle the issue fairly and consistently. Having been on the receiving end of previous JSE moderators comments in both a negative and positive way, I feel that I have got decent understanding of what is expected.

I am located on the other side of the world to the other Terry and Peter so I tend to be online at a different time potentially giving JSE around the clock coverage.

And you can't have too many people called Terry looking after things.

Terry

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 start by suggesting they self moderate and maybe reign in their opinions and comments that don't directly address the question. If they continue, I weigh up their contributions both the positive and negative ones against the objectives and reputation of JSE and if they come out in the negative ask them to take a break from making any further contributions. The greater good of a Forum should be well above any individual.

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

If I felt strongly enough in my differentiating opinion I might privately let the moderator know 'this is how I would have tackled it ...' And leave it up to them as to whether they see the original decision in a different light and change things or not. I don't think discussing moderating choices in public is the way to build confidence in the moderators. In some cases a decisions needs to be made the moment the situation arises and those choices should be backed while other situations that can be discussed between moderators before hand should be discussed first.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are to protect the objectives and aims of JSE and direct the participants to ensure they understand and appreciate those aims and objectives if they stray from what might be considered acceptable.

  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 don't expect they would be seen differently as I am not considered an authoritative or subject matter expert so I don't expect my comments to hold anymore weight that anyone else. On one of my other forums I am considered an subject expert and I am aware that my answers do hold a particular weight and i am careful in what I say that might lead people to blindly follow my advice.

  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 not looking to be more effective or improve my reputation. I like the way JSE makes you think about the question you are asking, I have received help form JSE when needed and enjoy the learning experience. I am wanting to put back into the Joomla community in someway and this is somewhere I feel I can be useful in a way that hopefully will ensure JSE will be around to help others.

I have been an active member of the JSE for several years now and use this site as a daily source of inspiration when dealing with complex Joomla development issues. I enjoy seeing the community come together to solve problems, offer advice and solutions, and engage in meaningful discussions about our favorite CMS. It has been my pleasure being a moderator of this site and would enjoy continuing to do so.

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?

Gently remind the offending user that we are all here to help out and maybe take a minute to compose their thoughts prior to delivering an answer or opinion. Asking yourself if what you are about to write may be misconstrued as argumentative or inflammatory is a good way to prevent those situations from happening.

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

It is best to discuss this type of scenario on a one on one basis. There is never a time when it is appropriate to call our another moderator on in a public setting and it is always best to see both sides of a scenario in order to work better together in the future.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

A moderator is best described as an individual with great familiarity about a specific topic that spends a lot of time organizing and herding kittens. Great, we have all of the first time posts taken care of and new members welcomed... crap the kittens are loose again.

  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 try to make all of my posts and comments relevant to the given question. The diamond only lets people know that if they need something I am available. The diamond doesn't really change how I respond to a question. I will always try to answer to the best of my ability but if I am wrong I will graciously concede to greater wisdom that I have to offer.

  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?

My hopes is that as a moderator I can inspire users to continue engaging with each other through the JSE as opposed to popping in for a random question or two and never being seen again. We have built a strong community and I would like to see it continue to grow as Joomla evolves with us.

This election is over.