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2022 Moderator Election

nomination began
Jul 18, 2022 at 20:00
election began
Aug 1, 2022 at 20:00
election ended
Aug 9, 2022 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]

0x10

0x10 has been creating NFTs and developing full-time on Tezos since mid 2021 and brings decades of traditional software development and technical leadership experience to the ecosystem

They are a generative/interactive/conceptual artist, a former CTO, a white hat hacker, an occasional consultant, and a life-long creative coder that currently find themselves spending 99% of their professional time making NFTs and developing Tezos smart contracts

This allows them to bring a deep technical understanding without the hinderance of a demanding schedule, which means more time for asking (and answering) questions on this forum, which they find to be their most important source of information on Tezos smart contract development

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 review the users history to see if there are any patterns. Then I would message the user directly, focusing on the value they bring to the ecosystem and try to figure out what triggers the arguments, as it may not be the poster themselves but rather the flagger or responder

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

I would message the other mod and ask them why they removed the question. If I still feel it should be reopened after the discussion I would explain why and it is still unresolved after that message a third mod to weigh in on the matter

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators keep things on topic, make sure others are aware of the guidelines, and point out infractions to these guidelines. Moderators should also nurture newcomers and encourage contributors, both new and established, to help each other grow the ecosystem and user base. Moderators should also ask a lot of questions and have strong technical experience in and around the subject matter

  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 didn't know that was the case but I would be pretty stoked that the community trusts me enough to do a good job and would find it very motivating

  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?

I'm on this site daily and feel that I can contribute a lot more than just asking and answering questions

Simon McLoughlin

I'd like to nominate myself for the role of moderator on the Tezos Stack Exchange. I've been an active contributing member to stackoverflow for >10 years, mainly answering questions around iOS and mobile technologies. [My profile](https://stackoverflow.com/users/1185169/simon-mcloughlin?tab=topactivity) is currently in the top 5% of users. I've also been a member of the Tezos developer community, and the Tezos Stack Exchange for >2 years. I'm currently working for Kukai as a software engineer building apps and SDKs for the Tezos community, working with open source tooling providers, as well as a moderator on Kukai's Mooncake discord. I'm very familiar with the Tezos ecosystem, the technical challenges facing frontend engineers, and the challenges end users face using apps, dApps and debugging issues. If elected, I will do my best to keep the content as high quality as possible, while continuing to help users in whatever way I can.

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 contact the user and, while being careful to thank them for their work, warn them that their comments are causing more harm than good. I would ask them to refrain from such actions and instead reach out to the moderators if they feel there is an issue with a question

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

I would find a way to contact the moderator, either through stack exchange tooling, or through social / tezos developer channels. I'd ask to discuss the question and review the stack exchange close options, to see if it really fit the criteria. Tezos is complex to navigate, and lots of developers struggle with areas. The question may be better off remaining open if it offers some benefit to the community. As we attempt to grow the community/users we should make sure removing content is only done when absolutely necessary

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Remove spam/duplication. Help improve the quality of questions. Warn users of inappropriate behaviour. Block/ban users if necessary. Continue to support the community answering questions whenever possible. Bring difficult to answer questions/high profile questions, to the attention of senior engineers in the developer community

  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 would feel proud that members of the community have trusted me enough to have everything I do and say, both past and future, highlighted to a wider audience

  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?

I check the Tezos stackexchange everyday while working, but have limited ability to do anything beyond answer or comment. Having greater access to moderator controls will make me much more effective in ensuring quality content on the site

utdrmac has been on the Tezos forums answering questions, and assisting in quasi-moderation of questions since this SE was first opened to the public (3+ yrs). utdrmac was also present during the SE beta which helped turn the Tezos SE beta into a fully fledged SE. utdrmac has been a member of the global SE network for over 10 years, answering other technological questions and providing upvotes for great answers. utdrmac is also a very active member in the Tezos ecosystem, assisting new and upcoming bakers with their issues on reddit and slack.

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 message the user and praise them on their answers, but caution their ongoing comments as non-constructive and how they tend to be argumentative in nature. Perhaps suggesting they only give answers and leave comments for other users.

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

Attempt to communicate with the other moderator and get a better understanding of their view on the question.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Filter questions and answers as relevant to the SE domain. As a moderator on other forums, this task takes up most of my admin time.

  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?

It is a badge of honor that shows I am respected to my peers and that I have the integrity to hold such a position in the community.

  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?

Answering questions is great, but having someone help ensure quality over quantity is needed in any community.

ktorn

I've been active in the Tezos ecosystem since the early days of alphanet, acting as a moderator of the #tezos IRC dev channel back in 2017. [source]

In 2018 I contributed to the Tezos Stack Exchange site proposal.

I have a general interest in the technical aspects of L1s, and before Tezos I was active in the Bitcoin Stack Exchange since 2013.

I decided to nominate myself because I think I can contribute to this community more as a moderator than in any other role.

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?

Firstly I would investigate whether the majority of the flags are justified and what is their common cause. If the same user produces valuable content but easily engages in arguments I would raise it up privately with them and advise them to exercise more control. I'd also remove pure inflammatory comments when justifiable.

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

I would raise it privately with the mod and ask for their rationale, as they could have a valid reason that I had overlooked. If we cannot reach an agreement I would raise it with the other mods, so that we can reach a consensus on that particular kind of case going forward.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators in Stack Exchange should ideally be on stand-by to address exceptional issues which the community cannot deal with by itself, such as investigating flagged posts, comments, etc. When action is required, communicate clearly the reasons so that the users understand them and hopefully avoid repeating them.
Aside from that, moderators should contribute more actively to the meta activities of the site.

  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 haven't given this much thought, but I don't think I will feel any differently about it.

  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?

In practice I can contribute to the community sooner, especially on a site that is still relatively low in activity and where no single user has yet achieved that level of reputation.

This election is over.