2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Nov 1, 2021 at 20:00
election began
Nov 8, 2021 at 20:00
election ended
Nov 16, 2021 at 20:00
candidates
4
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 10k or 20k rep?

[Answer 5 here]

Quassnoi

I have been a moderator here since 2012, and I like the job.

Back in the day, I was also active on Stack Overflow (as a contributor, not moderator), but not these days, unfortunately.

I am a software developer by trade. Russian is my native language. I have been interested in Russian and Church Slavonic for quite a long time. I have some formal training in linguistics, but it is limited to whatever a minor subject in a technical school can offer.

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?

People who generate valuable answers usually generate valuable comments too. Arguments and flags more often than not mean the problem is with the delivery, not with the message.

I would try to reformulate their questions or remarks in a meaningful and a respectful way, focusing on the message and not the sender or the recipient, and they would hopefully pick the tone of the discussion.

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

I'm yet to see a question closed for no obvious reason whatsoever, but I sometimes see an off-topic but otherwise quite good question which is easily fixable.

In this case, I fix it using my own best judgement, or ask the op for clarification. When the question looks good to me, I ask the original closer if they are OK with me reopening it. So far, as long as I remember, the answer has always been "yes".

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

They make sure the site stays what it says on the tin: a Q&A answer site on well-defined topics, where good questions and answers are encouraged, bad are discouraged, and the place looks well-tended so people want to come 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?

I will try be extra clear to specify when I do act and talk on behalf of the community and when I don't, otherwise I just be my regular self.

This includes explaining my moderatorial actions, like editing posts, deleting comments and similar.

Dmitry

I serve as a pro-tem mod since Feb, 2018.
It is very exciting experience, big honor and big responsibility, and I'd be glad to continue with it.

My pros:

  • I'm a software developer, and I have some (~15 years) experience in moderation and administration of different web projects.
  • I have some experience in moderation here.
  • I natively speak Russian.
  • I'm polite and kind for any user.
  • I'm almost always online.

My cons:

  • I'm not very good in English. This site is a mutual benefit for me and English-speaking community - I help you with Russian, you help me with English and (to be honest) with Russian too.
  • I wasn't very active answerer recently. The diamond causes me to afraid of giving bad answer.
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'll contact him to make clear that kindness and politeness are also an important part of 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'll contact another mod privately in a chat so we can share our reasons for closing/opening that question. If no consensus was reached, I invite other mods to discussion. I bet we all together can handle everything by voting. This is how SO works. :)

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?
  • Handle flags.
  • Answer on meta.
  • Organize tags.
  • Make users believe they are in a place where everybody glad they're 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?

I'm ready for it. And I believe I've never said anything I should be ashamed of.

  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?

Mods are faster in reaction. You can close or delete a post with a single vote. Speed is most important for the most violating posts.

Ivan Olshansky

I could be a good moderator, but please don't vote for me. There are three excellent candidates for these positions - Shabunc, Quassnoi, and Dmitry - and I don't think we need to change them to someone else.

But if we have only three of these candidates, then the election phase will be skipped and none of the active community members will be able to take part in the vote and receive a silver badge Constituent for this.

Therefore, today I want to make my contribution to our community and put forward my candidacy in order for the election phase to take place.

"No Need to Thank Me" (c)

Shabunc

I was always sympathetic to the idea of language-dedicated Stacks and was very excited when we got one about the Russian language. Volunteering as a mod here for recent 6 or 7 years. What excites me the most is that we already managed to collect an impressive amount of questions and answers that are interesting for both Russian language speakers and learners.

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 of all, I've never encountered such situation. Well, in theory, of course, anything is possible, however from my experience here a steady stream of valuable answers usually correlates with very little number of arguments and flags from comments.

Second, our system of flag approval/disapproval actually works and anyone who generates a fair amount of valid flags will face inevitable counter-action regardless of how valuable their questions are and how high their rating is. However valuable the content generated by them is in average, we just can not afford to scare away user community by ignoring any kind of behaviour that bring damage.

However it's important to note that even when in comes to counter-actions in the majority of cases it's about giving users an idea of what works better here on Stack (like moving comments or converting answer to a comment etc.)

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

I always rely on the opinion of other mods whenever I'm doubt and/or whenever they raise their voice to disagree with my decision. In the majority of cases this process of respectful disagreeing leads to more transparent rules by which this community is moderated. For me moderation is a collegial activity and shared responsibility.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

We serve for two main purposes: a) Make the moderated resource relevant and focused on the topic this particular resource is supposed to be about (in our case - to help Russian language learners) and b) To help people who want to participate but not necessarily know how interact here how to do it in a more efficient way. This two goals are important for creating a comfortable and useful resource for anyone who learns Russian or interested in Russian language.

  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 already a mod and the only type of situation when I used anything close to "hey, I'm a mod"-rhetoric were when one user was offensive to some other user. And even in such situations I tend to reach users privately. 99% of my public activity is about being a regular SE user and I just don't think about diamond at all.

  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?

Moderator still has reacher set of tools for, well, moderating and just can intervene faster when it needed.

This election is over.