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2022 Moderator Election

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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. Chat can be a very important place where a lot of conversations happen. It can be a tricky subject to deal with as a moderator. How would you calibrate your level of severity regarding conversations in chat? What would trigger a suspension, and what wouldn't?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 4 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 5 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 6 here]

anonymous2

Howdy, I'm anonymous2 and I'd like to moderate the French Language stack. I've been a stackexchange moderator since 2017, currently moderating two other stacks (IoT and drones), so I know the job well. While I haven't been as active on the french stack recently, I'd be more than happy to help out with moderation. On the sites that I moderate, I regularly check in at least once a day (typically far more often). I am an easy-going person, while being well able to set down the rules when necessary.


Bonjour, je suis anonymous2 et j'aimerais modérer ce site. Je suis un modérateur sur stackexchange depuis 2017, et présentement je modère deux autres sites (IoT et drones), alors je connais très bien le travail. Je n'ai pas été aussi actif sur ce site dernièrement, mais je serais plus que content d'aider avec la modération. Sur les sites que je modère, je visite régulièrement au moins une fois par jour (d'habitude beaucoup plus souvent). Je suis une personne relaxe, tout en étant bien capable d'édicter des règles quand il le faut.

Questionnaire

English

N.B.: this is largely copy-pasted from the failed election.

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?

The fact is that everybody should have the benefit of the doubt. New users are maybe not familiar with our Be Nice policy, long time users have previously demonstrated that they are able to use the site appropriately, and anybody can have a bad day. This is why we have a step-wise approach; you start with gentle reminders in comments to keep things civil, proceeding to a private mod-message as needed, and finally if the behaviour fails to stop, full suspension.

The big difference with a valuable-content-producer is that I'd do a bit more background work before proceeding with steps 2 and 3. For instance, I'd discuss the issue in a bit more depth with other moderators, and if there's any doubt in our minds, it could be worth reaching out to moderators on other sites where the user is / has been active.

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

I mean unless I feel strongly about it I'd not even bring it up. They are an independent person with slightly different views on the site - big deal. If I really go "Huh?" then I talk to them. Honestly in the past 5 years I've never seen a situation where after discussing with the closing mod we didn't come to a consensus. If ever that were impossible and we both felt very strongly about it, I'd try to get the opinion of a third mod.

Chat can be a very important place where a lot of conversations happen. It can be a tricky subject to deal with as a moderator. How would you calibrate your level of severity regarding conversations in chat? What would trigger a suspension, and what wouldn't?

This is the one aspect of moderation which I am somewhat less familiar with, as we don't have a lot of activity in any of the chat rooms I currently moderate. However, I'd apply the same principles which I apply for the rest of moderation: a measured but firm approach. In other words, don't start dishing out suspensions willy-nilly because you think someone is being difficult; on the other hand, be willing to step in and tell people that they have to respect the rules.

A very specific tool I have seen used effectively on several occasions and would strive to employ is temporarily freezing rooms. It gives you a couple minutes to review the situation objectively without engaging, after which you can send a message to everyone requesting that they cool down and warning that suspensions will be dished out to those who fail to comply. Also, since chat hostility is rarely 100% the fault of a single person, it avoids putting the blame entirely on the back of the person who gets the most flags or whatever.

In your opinion, what do moderators do?

A lot of janitorial work. On the sites I curently moderate a lot of what I do can be done without a diamond: edits, voting, and comments. Obviously they manage custom flags and spam flags, and in the event that things start going sideways in a conversation, they intervene to keep things civil.

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 doesn't really bother me. I used to dislike the diamond because I felt that it might mislead people into thinking that somehow I'm a "higher level" user than others, but the fact is that experienced site users know that there is no difference between content generated by a moderator and a non-moderator, and new users will come to realise that over time. Essentially the only time that the diamond should make a difference to how your content is viewed is when it regards respect of site guidelines, in which case you hope that a diamond moderator saying it will be sufficient insentive to keep things from escalating.

In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

The big difference between 5k tools (for now it's still 5k on french.stackexchange.com) and full-mod tools on the smaller SE sites is with regards to interpersonal issus. Perhaps on SO moderators will slam stuff closed with a single vote because of the sheer volume of posts to deal with, but I rarely do on the sites I moderate unless it is extremely clear (totally off-topic / spam / very clearly in need of work). I'd rather let the community weigh in first, and only hammer closed once there's a couple votes on the post already.

So the big difference with a 5k user regards things like rudeness and passive agressive behaviour. A 5k user can tell another user to be civil in comments but if they get a rude answer, the only thing left to do is to flag and move on. Hopefully the moderator won't have to do much more, but if necessary, the moderator does have access to private messages and suspension as required.


Français

N.B.: Ceci s'agit principalement d'un copie-coller de l'élection ratée.

Comment traiteriez-vous avec un utilisateur qui a produit un flux régulier de bonnes réponses, mais qui a tendance à générer un grand nombre d'arguments / flags dans les commentaires?

Le fait est que tout le monde devrait avoir le bénéfice du doute. Les nouveaux utilisateurs ne sont peut-être pas familiers avec notre politique Be Nice, les utilisateurs de longue date ont déjà démontré qu’ils sont en mesure d’utiliser le site de manière appropriée, et n’importe qui peut avoir une mauvaise journée. C’est pourquoi nous avons une approche progressive ; on commence par des rappels doux dans les commentaires pour garder les choses civiles, on procède à un message modérateur privé au besoin, et enfin, si le comportement ne s’arrête pas, suspension complète.

La grande différence avec un producteur de contenu de valeur, c’est que je ferais un peu plus de travail de base avant de passer aux étapes 2 et 3. Par exemple, je discuterais de la question un peu plus en profondeur avec d’autres modérateurs, et s’il y a un doute dans notre esprit, il pourrait être utile de communiquer avec les modérateurs sur d’autres sites où l’utilisateur est ou a déjà été actif.

Comment géreriez-vous une situation où un autre mod a fermé/supprimé/etc une question qui, selon vous, n’aurait pas dû l’être?

En fait, à moins que j’y attache une grande importance, je n’en parlerais même pas. C’est une personne indépendante qui a des points de vue légèrement différents sur le site - c’est normal. Si ça me surprends vraiment, je leur parle. Honnêtement, au cours des cinq dernières années, je n’ai jamais vu une situation où, après avoir discuté avec l'autre modérateur, nous ne sommes pas arrivés à un consensus. Si jamais cela était impossible et que nous y tenions tous les deux très fort, j’essaierais d’obtenir l’opinion d’un troisième mod.

L'espace discussion peut être une place très importante où beaucoup de conversations peuvent se passer. Cela peut être un sujet délicat à gérer en tant que modérateur. Comment calibreriez-vous votre niveau de sévérité concernant les conversations dans l'espace discussion ? Qu'est-ce qui déclencherait une suspension et qu'est-ce qui ne le déclancherait pas ?

Ceci s'agit d'un aspect de la modération avec lequel je suis un peu moins familier, puisque nous n'avons pas beaucoup d'activité dans les espaces discussion sur les sites que je modère actuellement. Cependant, j'appliquerais les mêmes principes que j'applique pour le reste de la modération : une approche mesurée mais ferme. En d'autres termes, je ne commencerais pas à distribuer des suspensions partout juste parce que je trouve que quelqu'un est difficile ; d'autre part, je serai prêt à intervenir et à dire aux gens qu'ils doivent respecter les règles.

Un outil très spécifique que j'ai vu utilisé efficacement à quelques reprises et que je m'efforcerais d'utiliser est la « congélation » temporaire des espaces de discussion. Cela donne quelques minutes pour examiner la situation objectivement sans s'engager, après quoi c'est possible d'envoyer un message à tout le monde leur demandant de se calmer et avertissant que des suspensions seront donnés à ceux qui ne se conforment pas. De plus, comme l'hostilité est rarement la faute à 100% d'une seule personne, cela évite de mettre entièrement le blâme sur le dos de la personne qui reçoit le plus de signalement ou quoi qu'il en soit.

À votre avis, que font les modérateurs?

Beaucoup de travail de conciergerie. Sur les sites que je modére actuellement, beaucoup de ce que je fais peut être fait sans un diamant : les modifications, le vote et les commentaires. Bien entendu, ils gèrent des signalements modérateur et des signalement de spam, et si les choses commencent à déraper dans une conversation, ils interviennent pour garder les choses civiles.

Un diamant sera attaché à tout ce que vous dites et avez dit dans le passé, y compris les questions, les réponses et les commentaires. Tout ce que vous ferez sera vu sous un jour différent. Qu'en pensez-vous?

Ça ne me dérange pas. Dans le temps j'aimais pas le diamant parce que je sentais que cela pourrait induire les gens en erreur en pensant que je suis en quelque sorte un utilisateur de « plus haut niveau » que les autres, mais en fait, les utilisateurs expérimentés savent qu’il n’y a aucune différence entre le contenu généré par un modérateur et un non-modérateur, et les nouveaux utilisateurs finiront par s’en rendre compte. Essentiellement, le seul moment où le diamant devrait faire une différence dans la façon dont votre contenu est vu est quand il concerne le respect des lignes directrices du site, auquel cas vous espérez que la parole d'un modérateur diamant sera suffisant pour empêcher que les choses escaladent.

De quelle façon pensez-vous qu’être modérateur vous rendra plus efficace au lieu de simplement atteindre 10k ou 20k rep?

La grande différence entre les outils 5k (pour l’instant c’est encore 5k sur french.stackexchange.com) et les outils modérateurs sur les petits sites SE est en ce qui concerne les problèmes interpersonnels. Peut-être que les modérateurs de SO fermeront les questions avec un seul vote en raison du volume de posts à traiter, mais je le fais rarement sur les sites que je modére à moins que ce ne soit extrêmement clair (totalement hors-sujet / spam / très clairement besoin de travail). Je préférerais laisser la communauté intervenir en premier, et ne fermer la questions qu’une fois qu’il y aura déjà quelques votes dessus.

Donc la grande différence avec un utilisateur de 5k concerne des choses comme l’impolitesse et le comportement agressif passif. Un utilisateur de 5k peut dire à un autre utilisateur d’être civilisé dans ses commentaires, mais s’il obtient une réponse grossière, la seule chose qu’il reste à faire est de signaler et de passer à autre chose. Espérons que le modérateur n’aura pas à faire beaucoup plus, mais si nécessaire, le modérateur a accès aux messages privés et à la suspension au besoin.

I have good general culture

I write french almost with zero error

I will handle moderation issues with devotion

I will help the members of the community promptly

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?

nothing wrong with a lot of comments but if the flow may overhelm me i will ask the help of others to read it

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

I will open the question by myself or ask for re-opening the post (revise the moderation)

  1. Chat can be a very important place where a lot of conversations happen. It can be a tricky subject to deal with as a moderator. How would you calibrate your level of severity regarding conversations in chat? What would trigger a suspension, and what wouldn't?

I think suspension is the last resort ; use it when nothing else can permit progress or harmness to the community is imminent

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[a moderator is a neutral user that tries to enforce the rules of the forum ]

  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?

nothing new

  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?

both ways have their pros but for me , being a moderator may help preventing the loss of good content that "bad" moderators could otherwise delete

I am running as a candidate for the French Language community moderator.
Possibly because I have seen the previous election fail and I don't want the lack of moderator to be an issue to this community.

I am a native French speaker, although you will surely find me doing rookie mistakes from times to times (I have to confess that I don't reread myself enough), my pet peeve being the usage of the infinitive or the past participle...

I already know the whereabouts of moderation in Stack Exchange, as I have enough reputation on StackOverflow to be able to use all the non-diamond moderations tools.

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?

As a moderator, I believe that dialogue is the key.
And I don't think that the fact that the user is a new comer or experienced user with a stream of valuable content should be taken into consideration. Moderation is also about fairness and equity in treatment.
As part of a the community, one have to comply with the rule.

So, I would go and discuss that matter privately with the said user, then giving the proper warning(s), and finally acting appropriately if the attitude persists. Appropriately meaning the way others have been treated in the past, so I would, also, in the first time of handling those, relate to the moderator(s) having more experience.

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

Once again, communication is the key. I'd rather see a fellow moderator reopen the question after a debate of opinion or myself being convinced by the closure than overrule someone else decision.
(Plus, it reinforce the fact that the moderator team works as a body and not as separate individuals acting their own ways).

  1. Chat can be a very important place where a lot of conversations happen. It can be a tricky subject to deal with as a moderator. How would you calibrate your level of severity regarding conversations in chat? What would trigger a suspension, and what wouldn't?

Honestly this is a good question, given that the chat is possibly one of the feature I am not really using a lot at the moment. So, I have never had the "time" to see someone act wrongly there (I mean, I guess the moderator where too quick for me to even notice something happened), when I did definitely saw some comments going north.

I guess the comments and chat are not really far apart, except that a debate can take place in a lengthier manner in the chat. As long as everyone is voicing their opinion with due respect and follow the code of conduct.

But once again, if someone misbehaves, take the matter privately first, and do not play the blaming game.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

They are mainly there to handle matter that the community cannot. But, I would say, given the fact that French Language is a small(er) community, I guess this also implies some of the moderation that trusted users can handle on other bigger communities. This said, as some moderator keep on repeating it on Stack Overflow, the diamond user is not a subject expert in every single matter, so its actions have to focus more on behaviours and following the communities rules than acting on the substance of the produced content, really.

  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 honestly think I have always be true to how I understand the rules on Stack Exchange, I definitely have evolved in 9+ years of being around, mostly because I understandd the rules more in depth now than I was at the beginning. But isn't it a proof of maturity to be able to evolve, adapt and learn from your mistakes? The rules on Stack Exchange have changed in the course of the years too, after 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?

That's not really a question I have ever asked myself, honestly, because I am not participating in the content creation enough to be able to ever reach the trusted users privilege in this community. I am running to help the community right now, because it needs enough people running for the election to be valid. I know it is a deceiving answer to this question, but I feel like that's what is happening right now.

This election is over.