2022 Moderator Election

nomination began
Mar 7 at 20:00
election began
Mar 14 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 22 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. Q: What role should moderators take in building site traffic and defining site scope?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. Arts & Crafts is pretty small and low-traffic, as SE sites go. Do you think this is a problem, and if so, what would you do as a moderator (if anything) to help make the site bigger?

[Answer 4 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 5 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 6 here]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 2k or 5k rep?

[Answer 7 here]

Greetings, I'm Elmy.

I've been active member of Arts & Crafts for more than 3 years and it's one of my favorite SE sites. I've tried many different crafts like sewing, wood carving, casting epoxy and many more and I like helping others with the problems they encounter. What entices me most about A&C is the creativity you can find in the projects people ask questions about and the creativity with which some of those questions can be answered.

I already am a moderator on another SE site and therefore know what to expect and what is expected of me. Even as a regular user I have made it a habit to leave comments that hopefully help the poster to improve their question or provide additional information that could influence possible solutions and answers.

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?

Stack Exchange is about the content, not the person creating said content. If a user creates a rude or grossly off-topic post, it has to be deleted, no matter how many reputation points or good answers the user has otherwise.

However, if the comments and discussions could be avoided by improving the answer of this user, I would encourage them to do so or I would do it myself if the comments provide the necessary information.

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

I would first try to understand their decision by reading the comments etc. on the question. If I still disagree, I would probably leave them a comment on the question or invite them to a discussion in chat. Maybe they based their decision on a Meta post I forgot or maybe I misunderstood an aspect of the question. I would not open the question before we had reached any kind of consensus.

If I still think that this question was worth asking and on-topic, I would probably help the original poster to rephrase their question to make sure it can be reopened.

  1. Q: What role should moderators take in building site traffic and defining site scope?

My understanding of being a moderator is literally to moderate discussions within the community (and moderate behavior that crosses certain lines). I'm not some omniscient superhuman who shapes the site to their liking. I encourage constructive discussions and accept the results of those, even if they don't align with my personal opinion.

In terms of site traffic I'm afraid I cannot help much. I'm not a huge fan of social media and the like and don't know how else to promote the site.

  1. Arts & Crafts is pretty small and low-traffic, as SE sites go. Do you think this is a problem, and if so, what would you do as a moderator (if anything) to help make the site bigger?

Every coin has two sides. Although low traffic might be considered "bad" by some, it also has its positive, just as high traffic sites have their negative aspects. If possible, I would like to win more regular users who contribute high quality content (who wouldn't?), but I wouldn't want to blindly increase the amount of traffic or number of visitors when that means sacrificing the quality of the content here.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators should set good examples for users, because the diamond gives their word more weight. And, as the name implies, they should moderate questions, comments and the chat to ensure everyone feels welcome and validated here. Apart from that, they have to clean the site from the occasional troll or spammer, take care of some meta discussions and administrative tasks when they arise, but that's pretty much it.

Implementing changes like deleting, closing or editing posts against the consensus of the community or changing the sites scope without prior discussions are not things moderators should do.

  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 always try to be friendly, respectful and helpful. A little icon next to my user name doesn't change anything for me.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 2k or 5k rep?

That's an odd question... I'm already way past 5k rep and technically I already have some moderator abilities. I don't view being an appointed moderator as being "more effective" at anything, but rather as a service I provide to the community.

fixer1234

Hi. I go by fixer1234.

I'm a retired engineer and life-long crafter and hobbyist. I've been active on the Stack Exchange for 7-1/2 years and discovered Arts & Crafts 2-1/2 years ago. I love this gem of a site. I've always been active in community moderation on the sites I frequent (often before stuff gets into the review queues)--curating content, meta discussions, and helping new users.

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?

Such behavior isn't typical of the audience the site attracts. But if it happened, I would focus on the actions rather than the actor. At least initially, I would try to educate the user about the destructive nature of the comments and how to post more constructively. It would also require some active cleanup of comments. If it continued to be a problem, there are tools available, if needed, like a cooling off period.

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

If the action looks like it might have been due to a simple misinterpretation of the question, I typically post a comment with my interpretation and questioning the action. If there appears to be a difference of opinion in interpreting the guidelines, I typically post a question on Meta so the issue can be better explored and the community can weigh in. That is normally how this situation is handled on A&C, and has always been effective.

  1. Q: What role should moderators take in building site traffic and defining site scope?

Neither function is really the role of moderators. Both are the responsibility of the community at large. That said, moderators are typically selected from among the most active users. These are the users with the biggest stake in the success of the site, and generally the most involved. So the people selected as moderators tend to be among those with the most interest and sense of priority in focusing on these needs.

  1. Arts & Crafts is pretty small and low-traffic, as SE sites go. Do you think this is a problem, and if so, what would you do as a moderator (if anything) to help make the site bigger?

I do see this as a problem because it takes a certain minimum base of active users for the "critical mass" needed to be a healthy and fully long-term, self-sustaining site. Arts & Crafts struggles because of its size. Improving that is not the role of the moderators. But as an active user, I want to explore ways to grow the site, which I would do with or without a diamond.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are concerned with the site running smoothly. Most content curation is the responsibility of the community at large. Moderators are intended to be exception handlers in this area, although they handle certain flags, and have some tools to simplify certain tasks, such as single-vote disposition of posts. Moderators have most of the responsibility for user moderation, and are entrusted with the advanced tools needed for certain tasks, like infrastructure maintenance, comment cleanup, and migrating questions to other sites.

  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 always try to set an example. People don't fundamentally change with the addition of a diamond. Moderators should be selected from users who have already demonstrated the traits that are important.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 2k or 5k rep?

I've already passed those rep thresholds, so a diamond would make little practical difference in what I do in content curation or being generally helpful. It mainly means that some of my time would be spent sharing the workload with the other moderators when the need arises for user moderation and the specialized moderator tasks.

Ken Graham

Hello everyone, my name is Ken Graham. I am nominating myself for the position of a moderator on this exciting community.

I am a moderator on two other sites at the present moment, thus I am would be willing to try and be at service to the community here.

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?

[Comments come in a variety of tones and contexts and thus have to be weighed individually.

As long as comments remain polite, I prefer the community to raise flags on posts. If a user is regularly arguing with others and seems to be a trend, I fell it would be good to invite him/her to chat in-order to find a solution to the situation.]

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

[Sometimes users may see something that even moderator s do not see. That said, it would be good to ask the user the reasons why he/she did so either in chat or meta, in order to try and understand the reasons for it. I prefer feedback before making a decision to reverse someone's actions.

Each case should be looked on an individual basis.]

  1. Q: What role should moderators take in building site traffic and defining site scope?

[Moderators should lead by example and encourage others to follow the site rules in making posts or comments. I need be moderators can give a friendly reminders]

  1. Arts & Crafts is pretty small and low-traffic, as SE sites go. Do you think this is a problem, and if so, what would you do as a moderator (if anything) to help make the site bigger?

[A low-traffic site is not a great concern for me. This site is still rather young and will grow as people become aware that we exist for their arts & crafts.]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Moderators make sure that the site runs smoothly according to the site's expectations. Regular users are the real moderators of the site and actual moderators should intervene only when necessary.]

  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?

[A diamond is something I am used to now and I hope to use the privileges as little as possible, hoping that the whole community takes parts in decision making.]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 2k or 5k rep?

[Reputation to some degree is not a huge deal. Moderators on some sites have very low reputation, yet do an awesome job as moderators.]

Joachim

Hi, I'm Joachim. I'm a visual artist with a focus on painting and drawing (and art history).
I've been a moderator for Arts & Crafts for the last 18 months. I am also one of the most active users, here and on our Meta. In addition, I tend to focus on moderating activities across all the sites I frequent on the network.

It is not only the subject matter that makes Arts & Crafts my favourite SE site, but also its community: users here are generally very helpful and friendly, without the curtness and inflexibility of larger (and most other) communities.
Additionally, it can be inspiring for my own projects.

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?

That depends entirely on the nature and tone of the comments.

If this user is regularly arguing with others in comments over the subject matter of their answers, these comments could be informative but just require some ..moderation (and possibly editing).
If their comments get flagged frequently, there must be something else wrong with them, and the situation would need to be dealt with completely independently of (the quality of) their answers.

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

I would ask that mod after their reasoning, and ask them to consider mine. There is little 'handling' needed, as our arguments and votes are worth as much as those of other (non-moderator) users. And sometimes you can just disagree, and that's fine.

  1. Q: What role should moderators take in building site traffic and defining site scope?

As moderators we might be able to steer or persuade more easily than other users, and we should definitely use that to the advantage of the site.

Concerning building site traffic, though, I think being a moderator doesn't offer that much of an edge. I hope some of my contributions on Meta SE triggered by activity here have brought about more awareness of and visits to our community. We can (help) spark and maintain discussions and brainstorms on our Meta to aid in this matter, as well as in defining site scope.

Ultimately, though, we need the input from regular users just as much.

  1. Arts & Crafts is pretty small and low-traffic, as SE sites go. Do you think this is a problem, and if so, what would you do as a moderator (if anything) to help make the site bigger?

I don't think it's a problem, no, at least not at this point, but I do find it sad and certainly discouraging at times — both as a user and a moderator.

Since we lost our Beta label recently, we will soon have the opportunity to create community ads, and hopefully they will help us a lot to gain traffic.

In addition, prompted by a recent thread on Meta, we can think about getting an external community-driven website for posting about projects, news, and other topics that we can't post about here, like a fancier and feature-richer version of our [chat].
It's a little ironic that we have this website for creative projects and we can't really post about them or ask about feedback from each other.

As a moderator, I've noticed that the low 'attendance' has at times stopped me from me caring (much) about certain things. This is obviously subjective, but I really hope we can achieve a higher general interest and attendance when it comes to fostering this site, as it will exponentially benefit us.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Apart from the "exception handlers" moderators are always implied to be across the Stack Exchange network, I think they are active/enthusiastic users of the sites they moderate who can take it upon themselves to help more. This means they cultivate their sites, maintain and improve it where they can, in any possible way, making sure their sites are welcoming and hospitable for as many users as possible, and make it easy to find high-quality information.

I think of moderators more as janitors: cleaning up, working behind the scenes, and holding the keys to all rooms and maintenance areas (the idea of 'exception handler' actually fits in perfectly with this analogy).

  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 feel the only change it brings about is that it keeps me more aware of the things I do and how I handle them — it keeps me aware of the role I have.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 2k or 5k rep?

It allows me to deal faster with spam and other unsightly 'contributions', and it gives me more and direct control over the (perceptual) quality of our site.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

This election is over.