2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
Sep 20 at 20:00
election began
Sep 27 at 20:00
election ended
Oct 5 at 20:00
candidates
6
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

Every election has three phases:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

Please participate in the moderator elections by voting, and perhaps even by nominating yourself to be a community moderator!

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]

Kate Paulk

I have been moderating as a pro-tem moderator for several years now, and have been a member of this community since soon after the start of the public beta (It still amazes me when I find questions and answers going back years). I try to stay neutral while encouraging users to improve their questions 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?

I would try to engage the user in discussion over the more controversial aspects of their comments, encouraging them to avoid confrontational language and to improve the issues that lead to arguments/flags.

  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 the mod for their reasons for deletion. They may have information I lack. Depending on the reasons for deletion, a meta discussion may be needed to clarify the close/deletion guidelines.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are more or less the "grease" of a community - we're the ones who aim to keep things moving, pleasant, and welcoming and do the behind-the-scenes work to clean up any problems that occur. The actual tasks tend to vary, depending on the community and its members.

My experience moderating in this community has been a pleasant one to date - we're not a terribly argumentative group and usually stay polite.

  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 have no issues with this. I have been under that light for some years now, and apart from cringing at my sense of humor with some of my oldest answer/questions/comments, there is very little in my history on this site that I would consider to be problematic.

  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 don't feel that being a moderator makes me more or less effective. I feel that the moderator position gives me more responsibilities to the community than I have as a 20k+ rep user.

Saifur Rahman

I have had the privilege to get help and help the StackExchange community for more than seven years. With a great passion for software quality, I have started my journey in the IT field as an automation tester and moved my way up to the goal. Along the way, I have learned C#, Java, ES6, React, and StackExchange community was always there in most of the inspiration I have got.

I know how important it is to get help to maintain the software quality. I also know there is a significant gap in the Software Quality Assurance and Testing community.

I aim to spend my time to unite and moderate this community in such a way so the gaps can be removed.

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?

Answers are important and essential parts of StacExchange community. With an opinion on subject, Q/A are the heart of this community. A close monitoring needs be done but the answer should always be published while guidelines are followed. Expressing opinion is everyone's basic rights.

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

I would internally reach out to the mod. Proper justification should be provided from either party and best solution is the solution we all want.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Assisting the community is the utmost responsibility of moderator. Moderating the post and making sure community guideline is met would make the moderator a successful contributor of the 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?

It's an honor to serve the community I have taken help from for more than seven years.

  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?

Moderating this community also will make me interact with individuals active on this site. I would also come across to the problems they are having which would increase my footsteps into the fields more. This will encourage me to get help and provide helps to other constantly.

corsiKa

For over ten years I have been a member of this community, and for all but a month of that, I have been a moderator. While I'm not professionally active in Software Quality anymore (or even IT!) I still love the small community we've built and hope to continue to support it. I am the most active meta user, with as many answers (and answer upvotes) on meta as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th combined. I do my best to encourage the community to self moderate effectively, by providing personal (not boilerplate) feedback on nearly every declined flag - I want people to know their efforts are appreciated, and that time was taken to consider what they had to say. (By the way, to the review queue heroes, thank you!)

I've got another ten years or more in the tank, if you'll have me.

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?

Let's assume the person is acting in good faith. The first step is to let the system try to work. Moving discussions to chat, accepting the flags, clearing long comment threads is quite effective and often leads to self correcting behavior. The next step is to invite a user to a private chat (not openly calling them out) and let them know their behavior is causing problems, even if well intentioned. Specifically, that comments are for feedback and clarifications, not discussions. If problems persist, we have the ability to suspend a user. It's not something to be done lightly or quickly, but people deserve a safe space to express their ideas, and it's the moderators' responsibility to make sure they have it.

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

In the past when this has happened, I opened a meta question. This way the community can decide the policy. Moderators are implementers of policy, we do not create the policy. For example, I did not agree with the surprise decision to merge the Selenium proposal into the SQA proposal on Area 51, but because the decision was made I continue to uphold the policy that all Selenium questions are on topic, no matter how tangentially related they are, because that was part of the deal to get the site off the ground in the first place.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

We make sure the site runs smoothly. Whether that is through guiding policy choices, reviewing flags raised by the community to resolve conflicts, or removing spam and problem users, it all boils down to making sure the site continues to be an open, inviting place for people to get their problems solved.

  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 was elevated to moderator six months after my first child was born, so if sleep deprived me didn't say anything bad enough to get me kicked off back then, I have hope for my future.

  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?

Reputation is what you get for solving people's problems. Moderators solve the site's problems. It's a different set of tools for a different set of problems.

João Farias

I have been an active member of the SQA community since 2015, reaching the top 5 members in gained points every year since 2018, for now being the #14 in points of all time.

My main contributions were in providing highly precise and quality answers, but also in completing other great answers and/or helping questioners to better structure their questions to the SQA/StackOverflow world, thus helping other members to better provide answers.

My goal in becoming a moderator will be to more intensively promote the later, helping the questions and discussions in our space to be of high density, focused on the craft of testing and the professional usage of tooling to support it.

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 highlight our community guidelines and expectations on the difference between completing an answer and entering in a full discussion that is not connected to the original topic.

  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 a request for re-opening and listing out the reasons, based on the community guidelines, and ask for the opinion of the other moderator. If the discussion seems to be in a stalemate, I would ask for the support of another moderator.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators serve keep the expectations of community members, acting rapidly when community guidelines and practices are clearly disrespected and reminding about the guidelines, e.g. when members cannot agree to disagree.

  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?

The expectations that this role brings are aligned with my self-imposed expectations, since I use my writings from SQA in my workplace, blog, and other discussions. I am immensely excited to have the responsibility of being a SQA moderator to more intensively support the other members to build a great 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?

The moderator role brings a more intense feedback focus from other moderators and community members, thus, additionally to the high rep count, being in this position will force me to be an even role-model for other people in this community.

PDHide

I have been a constant community member through out the year and loves helping the community through quality answers and question. I want to make stackoverflow a welcoming community for new programmers that enables peer programming and knowledge sharing . This will be possible only if you try to support the community through comments , guides , suggestion improvements so that new members know how to improve quality of their questions 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?

We will closely monitor the user comments and ensure that we communicate properly on why I don't feel the comments needs or don't needs to be flagged. I think communication and listening to thoughts from other moderators helps in deciding the right approach

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

I will raise a reopen request stating the reason why i feel the question should be reopened and analysis the defensive comments to understand the other moderators perspective also

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators makes internet a better place for programmers without making it a scary place for newcomers. Moderators helps to keep the ethics, quality and charisma of this community without driving way new comers through unwelcoming behaviors

  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?

Its a challenge to take up new responsibility to moderate a huge community like SQA but my immense interest and knowledge in the quality domain will allow me to participate effectively and the thought that I am carrying more responsibility than just a user will help me to be more better in what I do and the way I do 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?

SQA space lacks much interaction compared to stackoverflow space , I want to make this forum more interactive and active. Rep are just a way to thank our efforts in answering and asking effective questions and making the space more interesting, but having the moderator badge can help in making the entire community experience much better through constant constructive criticism and activity monitoring.

Nitin Rastogi

A good moderators are exception handlers, but they are also ambassadors. I would love to represent Software Quality Assurance & Testing in cross-site affairs, letting people know what we’re about and who we are. Being a moderator also means being in many cases a leader, and I think I can help propel us through the changes in scope we’re currently experiencing although I’ll be there just as much if I’m not elected.

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?

In StackExchange, we have guidelines & processes & one of the responsibilities of a moderator to make sure guideline & process is being followed by every on the community. here we have to closely monitor the comments & chats as per guidelines. & if anything offensive we have to highlight post to other modrator as well for appropite action on post or communication as per set rules.

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

What I feel learning is an endless process, in this case, there could be two possibilities either I could be right or wrong. I will re-open the question & post my points if I will be wrong I will learn something new & in case another person is wrong he/she will learning something new. the only thing is required here is to keep our mind open to welcome other's thoughts.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

A Moderator will have to deal with some of the worst content on the site, clean up after users, remain patient in the face of conflict, be subjected to abuse without lashing out. you get the idea of context. Often, moderating can be stressful and not a lot of fun. We’re friendly janitors, not benevolent dictators.

  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's a kind "sense of responsibility" that a moderator writes because this diamond tag represents Software Quality Assurance & Testing.

  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?

Rep is just a by-product & moderators solve the site's problems & conflicts, according to me as a moderator my focus should be on helping end-user with quality content that helps others.

This election is over.