2014 Moderator Election

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. Up to thirty candidates nominate themselves for the position.
    You need 300 reputation to nominate yourself.
  2. Primary. The top ten candidates are chosen, if necessary, through voting.
    You need 150 reputation to vote candidates up or down.
  3. Election. A final round of voting is used to determine the winner through Meek STV.
    You need 150 reputation to cast your preferences.

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

This election ended Feb 4 at 20:00.

Download the election data and use OpenSTV to audit the results.


Additional winner called up after the election:

4,248 voters were eligible, 1,240 visited the site during the election, 1,263 visited the election page, and 619 voted;

14 Candidates

Hi there, Arqadians. I'm shanodin & I've been here for 1y 8mo. I'm 23, a girl & from the UK.

The current mod team is excellent, as well as many of the candidates in this election; however there are several unique things I could bring to the table if I were to be elected.

Balancing the New User/Existing User experience

Being friendly to new users whilst simultaneously maintaining the high quality of the site is hard, but I think judicious application & enforcement of the Let's be nice to each other Principle is the best way to improve, rather than instigating anything specific.

Maintenance

The area I'd like to instigate change is cleaning up/merging answers. Answers which add nothing to an already accepted answer are extraneous clutter and have no place here - in some instances they are tantamount to plagiarism.

Other Stuff

As part of my job, I manage a team of people with strong personalities & stubbornly held opinions. I have learned techniques which enable an effective moderation between these people & these conflict resolution skills are highly transferable and applicable as a moderator.

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meta questions: 15 / +78
meta answers: 15 / +52
helpful flags: 365 of 390
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Holy restrictive character limits, Batman! –  shanodin Jan 24 at 20:25
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One of the core messages of the "Let's be nice to each other" post was that a lot of the onus is on regular users to encourage a welcoming/friendly environment. You're one of (currently) 5 candidates who are sub-10k and have no experience with the site's moderation tools. With your current privileges, you can still flag for other mods to do cleanup, and when you hit 10k, you can do even more. Given those points, I'm unsure why you want to be a mod over simply increasing your rep. Other candidates also have other moderating and community management experience. How do you stand out? –  FAE Jan 24 at 23:07
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@FAE as I said in chat, thanks for the question. In short, I am a bit like a terrier - I'm approachable and friendly, but am steadfast and resolute when it matters. There's no way I can say it without sounding egotistical, but the main thing I have above others is my personality. I also work with online communities in my career. I work for a digital marketing company as the operations manager, which means I manage people in the office, and also run client's social media accounts and online presence - not the same as Arqade, but the skills are transferable. –  shanodin Jan 24 at 23:23
    
@FAE as for why I want to be a mod, rather than just increasing my rep, I'll leave that for the morning, but I will answer it (I've not just ignored half your question) –  shanodin Jan 24 at 23:25
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@FAE As you might have noticed, I've been a member of the site for going on 2 years, but my rep accrual has been very slow compared to some others (@3ventic is one example of a user of less length but far greater rep gain). This is for several reasons. 1) I hold myself to very high standards for answering and will only answer when I am certain of it (see: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/126105/…) - almost half of my answers are accepted. –  shanodin Jan 25 at 5:57
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@FAE ...cont. 2) I don't ask a lot of questions. If I find a sticking point in a game, it's likely that I'll find an answer autonomously - I only ask a question when I'm having an issue with something I can't find an answer for elsewhere. What this adds up to is that it could take me a very long time to reach the 10k rep tools. This doesn't mean I don't know the site & love the community - being a mod will allow me to actively help out in ways I can't currently. –  shanodin Jan 25 at 6:05
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There are other users running in this election who have more rep, more helpful flags, more reputation (traditional sense) and are more integrated into the community. However, I have seen websites and real life groups fall 'cos a pre-established clique became the vocal majority who 'pulled the strings'. I'm not saying this has or will happen on Arqade, but some diversity is valuable. Having someone who is not heavily involved in chat gives the mod team a view through a different set of eyes. While the site is mostly meritocratic, the low-mid rep users are the majority, represented by me. –  shanodin Jan 25 at 6:17
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Having someone who is not heavily involved in chat - Only one of our mods is really regularly active in chat. Maybe 1.5 if you count Raven. You might even argue we've got a shortage there, as... 'situations' that have arisen while badp sleeps have gotten quite out of hand in the past. Which isn't to say that your larger point isn't valid. But that doesn't support it. :P –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 25 at 8:53
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz in which case, this is somewhere I could look to improve if I was elected, and could become more active - current actions don't dictate future ones. That being said, I suspect that at least two of the mods we'll get from this election are already chat users ;) –  shanodin Jan 25 at 9:02
    
As something which has been brought up in chat/other nominations comments, I'd like to put this out there - I have no pending life upheaval events. I live with my partner & our cat and we're not planning on moving house, getting married, or having kids anytime soon, and I don't foresee any career change as there's no room for promotion (the only person above me in the chain is the owner of the business) and I'm not going to be leaving the company. In short, I have no short or medium term things on the horizon which will impact my ability to moderate –  shanodin Jan 25 at 10:23
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@shanodin I'm not sure why you felt it necessary to clarify that. Perhaps people have queried it with you because you're female and of a certain age, but I should also point out to such people that there are plenty of moderators (male and female) on the other Stack Exchange sites here who've gotten married, had children, gotten divorced, lost / changed their jobs and carry on modding. Mods have lives and their lives carry on happening while they're a mod. If moderating could be done by robots that another story, but we need humans with real lives to help moderate other uses with real lives! –  JonW Jan 25 at 13:16
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@JonW it wasn't mentioned specifically with regards to me, but there was a discussion about short term vs. Long term commitment to the site and I wanted to make it clear that I have nothing in my imminent future which will take time or attention from my ability to moderate. –  shanodin Jan 25 at 16:57
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@shanodin Thanks for the responses and taking the time to answer my questions. –  FAE Jan 25 at 19:13
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@shanodin When you say answers are extraneous, can you shed some light on what defines an extraneous answer? I agree that there are often answers that are not the accepted answer which say something similar. But, often they either preceded the accepted answer. Or, they might add a subtle new piece of info. How would you propose to decide what is extraneous? Would you lock the question after acceptance? Would you put up a banner warning the poster that their answer should add something significant to the conversation? –  David M Jan 27 at 0:34
    
@DavidM thanks for the great question. I agree that this can be a difficult area to approach and action could only be taken in clear cut situations. If you look at this question you'll see 2 different answers with upvotes, with 3 additional answers which add nothing to the accepted answer & have no upvotes - in fact, no votes at all. They add nothing to the answer and the site loses nothing through their deletion...cont –  shanodin Jan 27 at 4:32
    
This on the other hand, while the two answers are both essentially the same, they are both upvoted and as you say, subtly different. No action could be taken here. It already states in the FAQ that exact duplicate answers are deleted but in my experience the current mod team is reluctant to do this, and this is an area I'd like to improve upon. I think a banner next to the answer box is a great idea, actually. –  shanodin Jan 27 at 4:36

TL;DR I'm Nom Nom Nom Nom.

Hello There! I am World Engineer.

So, I know what you're thinking. This guy doesn't have a bunch of rep or scads of posts. What's up with that? Well, I tend to be into older games and have good googlefu.

However, I believe I can be of great service to the Arqade community. I have nearly a year of moderator experience on Programmers, well equipped to handle any crisis. I have also actively participated on the Bridge learning Arcade's unique culture; as well as asking and answering what questions I can on the site. My meta participation tends to mostly be limited to observation as I try to get a feel for a situation before jumping in. However, once I determine that a situation has not resolved itself or if there are clear guidelines from the within the community I will act with speed and efficiency to resolve any conflicts that may arise.

The Arqade will continue doing well because it has a great community. As a moderator, I'd throw considerable vigor into whatever projects the community desires. I will champion the site at every turn and spearhead efforts to make sure that the community becomes even more impressive than it already is.

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meta answers: 2 / +23
helpful flags: 80 of 82
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Being a moderator on another site and rather low on reviewing and meta activity here, do you think you can actually allocate enough time to be a moderator on both sites? –  user98085 Jan 23 at 22:13
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@FEichinger I am fully confident that I will have time for both sites. –  World Engineer Jan 23 at 22:16
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Why did you start eating midway your tl:dr;? –  badp Jan 23 at 22:18
    
@badp Because I was hungry. Big swirly things have to eat too you know. –  World Engineer Jan 23 at 22:21
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With regard to your Meta participation, is it correct to infer that you would consider yourself more of a "backseat" mod (to use LessPop's terms) than a frontseat mod? In what ways, if any, would you need to adjust your moderation style from how you moderate on Programmers to moderate here? You state that you'd fully support whatever projects the community desires. How would you handle the desire for community projects that you would view as potentially undesirable and/or unhealthy for the site as a whole? –  FAE Jan 23 at 22:28
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@FAE Middleseat mod. I tend to take a very proactive stance against explicitly prohibited behavior such as spamming. Other issues such as site direction and policy, I tend to be more "backseat", gently nudging the community toward a mutually agreeable outcome. As far as adjusting moderation style. Arqade is a different community from Programmers. It is made up of hobbyists and passionate amateurs rather than professionals and thus I will bear this in mind when dealing with the community. –  World Engineer Jan 23 at 22:45
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As far the championing of projects, I will generally urge a consensus before proceeding. I was present for the "Scope Wars" on Programmers, so I'm used to grappling with thorny issues that have no clear cut answers. Arqade is a more clear scope than Programmers in terms of what is and is not a valid topic. Thus, I have a good framework for what is and is not healthy. Additionally, I have little issue revising my opinion and stance on something should it prove to be the wrong course of action. I can be very decisive when the situation requires it but I'm big enough to admit when I'm wrong. –  World Engineer Jan 23 at 22:48
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This is going to be a bit blunt. You have had limited site participation here and now you want to jump straight to mod, with your main campaign point being that you have mod experience elsewhere. Do you feel that alone puts you above the other candidates in here, most of whom have much greater community participation? If so, why? If not, what else are you bringing to the table? –  Sterno Jan 23 at 23:15
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The same thing I bring to everywhere else on the network: patience, understanding, decisiveness when called for, integrity, cool-headness, and a passion for the topic. I've gamed since I was five years old. The moderation experience is not sole cause for my qualification but it is a good correlation. I don't agonize over having a binding vote, I know where and when to use it and more importantly not use it. I'm willing to take the time to walk new users through the site if need be. I merely wish to further help a community that I already enjoy and love. –  World Engineer Jan 23 at 23:44
    
Your comment As far as adjusting moderation style. Arqade is a different community from Programmers. It is made up of hobbyists and passionate amateurs rather than professionals. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 24 at 13:28
    
I beg to differ sir. We have world class gamers on this site not just amateurs. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 24 at 13:28
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@Vaishali I was speaking in general terms. We also have students on Programmers. I was speaking of median audience in both cases. –  World Engineer Jan 24 at 19:37
    
@WorldEngineer Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. –  FAE Jan 25 at 19:14
    
@FAE You are most welcome :) –  World Engineer Jan 25 at 21:35
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I would vote for you based on your pony –  Batophobia Jan 27 at 15:39

Hello, my name is Bryan Cave, but you likely know me as Wipqozn. I’ve been an active member of the site for almost 3 years, and I’d like to take on some extra responsibility in order to help the site grow and improve.

I consider myself to be patient and fair, and I’m always willing to listen to what others have to say. I try my best to give new users the benefit of the doubt, and don’t believe they need to fully understand the site right from the get go in order to become a useful contributor. I prefer to think before taking any action, and have no problem taking no action at all when faced with uncertainty. It’s these qualities that I feel will make me a good fit for moderator.

I think one of the largest problems we have with the site right now is dealing with aggravated and problematic users. I think a large part of this problem is caused by too many people trying to jump in to help, which just makes people feel like they are being ganged up on. I believe this problem could best be addressed if we allowed our mods to primarily deal with problematic users, instead of several regular users.

Thanks for taking the time to read my nomination!

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meta questions: 22 / +192
meta answers: 84 / +473
helpful flags: 756 of 776
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You're a very active on both the site and chat, and you've had 10k tools for a while now. You're only 1k off of the 20k mark, which will give you access to all privileges. Changing how the site deals with problematic users would take more than just one mod voice; it would likely involve some discussion on Meta and community input and consensus. Why is this something you feel that moderators should handle over regular regular users? Would it not be enough to clear up the community stance on how to handle this via non-mod means? What else other than this issue drives you to be a mod? –  FAE Jan 23 at 21:01
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@FAE My response to your questions was a total of 600 words, so I had to just post it in a Google Drive Document. The tl;dr is because one-on-one is better than ten-on-one, mods can talk in private, and I hope people read the whole thing for more points since it took a while to write. –  Wipqozn Jan 23 at 22:09
    
Ah @Wip I was wondering when you would announce your candidacy. My one question is what would if elected set you apart from the rest of the mods? –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 24 at 13:31
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@Wipqozn Thanks for clarifying some of your points. So am I correct in assuming that handling user conflicts/problems is your primary platform? What qualities would you say you have to be able to handle this adeptly? You have fairly high Meta activity as a regular user. How active would you continue to be on Meta in regards to policy shaping discussions and how comfortable would you feel stepping up to enact the results of those discussions? Would you become more or less vocal/proactive in comparison to how you handled things as a regular user? –  FAE Jan 24 at 17:26
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@Vaishali That's a difficult question to answer because it's difficult to tell exactly what what the mod team does and doesn't do since a lot of what they do is done quietly (deleting comments is a good example of this). Based on my own observations though, I think I'd be more active at dealing with problematic users, as outlined above, than our current mods. With that said, it's really hard for me to say just how involved our current mods already are since a lot of those dealings could be happening in private. –  Wipqozn Jan 24 at 18:51
    
@FAE I'd call that my primary platform, yes. In terms of qualities I have that think would allow me to handle this adeptly I shall refer you to the second paragraph of my nomination. I would continue to be active in meta in shaping site decisions, and I wouldn't have any problem enacting those decisions when made. I don't believe there would be a noticeable change in how vocal I am if elected mod, but I might be less proactive when it comes to closing questions, but only because I wouldn't want to use my binding close vote all willy nilly. I'd still vote to close, but I'd likely wait until... –  Wipqozn Jan 24 at 19:00
    
...a question already has 3 or 4 votes on it. There are times I'd have no problem using a binding close vote on a question with no votes on it, such as on closing game recommendation questions, but in questions which fall more into a grey area (for example, not enough detail) I would want to hold off until the question already has a few votes. –  Wipqozn Jan 24 at 19:02
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I was hoping you would run, and I plan to vote for you. In the past, I believe you have been among the most reasonable, consistent, and insightful of our active users, and it would be an honor to serve with you. –  agent86 Jan 25 at 0:26
    
@agent86 Thank you! –  Wipqozn Jan 25 at 0:27

My motivation

I am proud to be a member of our Stack Exchange community for nearly 3 years. I want to give more time for other tasks now and I am willing to spend more to Arqade with whom I have good time.

I had the opportunity to use the rep-moderation tools on FL&U and did moderate many forums in the past. Besides, I fully commits to the values and relevance of the SE mod-system. I'm hopping I can be part of it to continue its development and help the community.

About me

Ph.D in Information Technology, I spent working in a company involved with security. Since the end of my thesis, I have been teaching Computer Science in University

I have been working my way on Arqade as well as some other SE sites like Security. I have also been involved in the community blog, providing content about League of Legends mostly.

My strengths as a moderator would be :

  • Experience in text edition for topic salvaging
  • Patience of a teacher

Anyway, as usual, good luck to all candidates.

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meta questions: 6 / +40
meta answers: 10 / -2
helpful flags: 24 of 28
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You have a very low helpful flag count and your meta participation is rather low compared to other candidates. Given that both flagging and meta participation are important aspects of the site that non-moderators can partake in, can you explain why you haven't participated more in that regard and why you feel you need to be a moderator to continue furthering the site's development? –  FAE Jan 23 at 20:56
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Can you explain how your first two bullet points under your strengths as a moderator will help with moderator duties? How will your academic knowledge in InfoSec help? What exactly is text edition for topic salvaging and how would it help? –  ken.ganong Jan 23 at 21:27
    
@FAE I've been involved in meta activity and flagging on other SE-Sites as I used to be mainly on these sites more than Arqade. The trend shifted a while ago, and now my participation is mostly on Arqade. However, getting flags on bigger SE sites is a longer process (questions are put on hold very fast and review queue is rarely showing posts to review). Furthermore, at some point I chose to invest in the blog, and this cost time. The blog being now in a recess period, I feel less interested in participating to it and therefore wish to invest more time on moderation activities. –  M'vy Jan 23 at 22:38
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@ken second point should have been removed, my bad. Concerning the first point, I've seen many question having be put on hold when they could have been refined to go on-topic instead. I feel that's a good point for mods to be able to not only know what question should be closed, but also being able to salvage questions that originally were closed but can still be useful when edited. Mods will probably be the first to be asked why this, or that question has been closed. Being able to make an argument and helping in edition is a good thing. –  M'vy Jan 23 at 23:10
    
@Less Lay off your competitors. How will you handle new user dynamic? How will you handle flags? How will we as constituents benefit from you being a Mod? –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 24 at 13:36
    
@Vaishali As a Q&A site, especially SE one, we need to attract experts. The good thing about games, is that any player has the possibility to be an expert. It does not take diplomas to know Zelda's quests by heart if you're a fan. However, new users are not used to our "customs". By ignorance, or by lack of investment. I think these users deserve a chance to prove themselves, and sometimes they need to be guided in the right direction. –  M'vy Jan 26 at 1:54
    
@Vaishali as far as flags are concern, mods are here mostly to review them. Most of the flags are resolved by community agreement. As a mod, I see my duty to be checking the validity of these flags, and act in consequence. –  M'vy Jan 26 at 1:54
    
@Vaishali I might not be the talkative one, but I like to manage. I am dedicated and resolute at my work. I am also present in the chatroom, not always participating in chat but reading so I would be able to moderate there as well. –  M'vy Jan 26 at 2:09

I'm Jason Berkan, a married, 39 year old father of four.

I am a long time member of Arqade, having arrived shortly after the start of the public beta. I am not the most prolific poster, but I am active on the site, using my abilities to comment, edit, flag, close and reopen questions.

Mods are the visible face of a site, especially when dealing with situations that are volatile. I firmly believe that a good moderator must be calm, patient and polite, even when faced with abuse and disagreement.

I believe that I have the abilities to be a good moderator and that I have shown them in my interactions on the site. My flags are approved, I am polite, I am patient with people (4 kids!) and I can remain calm (or walk away until I calm down), even when someone is wrong on the Internet!

One of my primary goals as a moderator would be to help out on meta, as I feel meta has been devoid of mods for some time now. Specifically, I would ensure the community consensus / FAQ section of meta is completed and maintained, so that all users, new and old, can quickly find the relevant rules and regulations of this site.

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meta questions: 5 / +14
meta answers: 24 / +155
helpful flags: 254 of 275
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OMG! You're actually OLDER than I am!!!! I'm 38 and a father of two. So, asking as another father, do you feel that you will have the time to do the job? My two kids relegate my leisure time to stolen time between work, the gym, etc. I will say that parenthood does make you calmer while dealing with irrational people, though! –  David M Jan 21 at 21:51
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@DavidM - I admit that I will not have as much time to devote to moderating as a young adult without any kids, since my family and my job would come before the site. However, I fairly regularly have 10-15 minutes free every couple of hours that I currently use to read the site, or waste on mindless iPhone games. That time would be used to check in on the site and deal with any flags or issues. Obviously larger issues like meta posts would have to wait until I had more free time, which is available after the kids go to bed. –  Jason Berkan Jan 21 at 22:06
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As a parent, are you prepared for (or indeed aware of) the fact that when you delete some obscene post from a user or something that they will find your twitter / social media account and tell you to F*CK OFF AND DIE IN A FIRE or similar. Because your kids will probably see that too. How would you cope with being contacted 'outside of Arqade' to be abused in such a way for decisions you make as a mod? –  JonW Jan 21 at 22:28
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@JonW nobody ever contacted me outside of arqade in my 3.5 years as mod even though I've deleted 1678 posts, and my twitter is in my profile. –  jmfsg Jan 22 at 0:33
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@JonW - That is an excellent question, and one that I specifically struggled with prior to making my declaration, since I have always participated on StackExchange with my real name and have not really hidden any personal information. Long story short, I’m not too concerned with it happening, but if it does, I am a long term user of the Internet and know how to lock down my social media sites so that unauthorized contact is not an issue. As for as my views on parenting and access to the Internet, we have a site for that –  Jason Berkan Jan 22 at 0:48
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Wait, you can remain calm even when someone is wrong on the internet. +10 votes –  Qwertie Jan 22 at 1:22
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"I am polite, I am patient with people... and I can remain calm (or walk away until I calm down), even when someone is wrong on the Internet!" Many of the more "colorful" nominees here couldn't honestly say the same. This should be a requirement for moderatorship. –  galacticninja Jan 22 at 4:18
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@galacticninja If you have some criticism of our behaviour, perhaps you might want to address those issues directly, instead of alluding to them like this? It doesn't reflect well on you at all. –  Frank Jan 22 at 4:20
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@Frank I'm not sure why you felt the need to reply here. Guilty as charged? I've commented, "addressing those issues directly", at your nomination post. –  galacticninja Jan 22 at 6:51
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@jmfsg I'm a mod on ux.se and that exact thing happened to me last week. I just found it funny though, but then I don't have kids to see it. –  JonW Jan 22 at 7:05
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I've always found you to be one of the nicest, patient, and level-headed people on Arqade. You always seem willing to listen to what others have to say, and and like to give users the benefit of the doubt instead of immediately assuming they have a negative intent. I can honestly say I can't recall any incident where you were anything less than polite and understanding. These are some of the most important qualities for a moderator to have, which certainly has me strongly considering voting for you as moderator in the election. –  Wipqozn Jan 22 at 12:36
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I would like to agree with @Wipqozn. I am seriously considering voting for you. Hope you come out strong in the town-hall style chat. Good Luck. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 23 at 12:20
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While I agree with @Wipqozn's praise, you also have lower rep (not having unlocked 10k tools yet), meta contributions, and helpful flags than many other candidates. Can you elaborate on why I should vote for you instead of a more experienced candidate who has already worked their way up through the existing moderation tools? –  Sterno Jan 23 at 18:05
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@Sterno - A lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm not on the site as often as the other candidates, so meta questions and flags are often dealt with before I have a chance to contribute. (If you are voting for me, you do have to accept my more limited time on the site.) However, if you look through my meta contributions (including comments), I'm confident you will see helpful and well thought out discussions about the site. (continued) –  Jason Berkan Jan 23 at 19:49
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As far as access to the 10k tools are concerned, I feel I can point to my successful and continued use of the abilities my current rep has unlocked (primarily editing and reopen / close votes) and argue that my access to more abilities will follow the same pattern. –  Jason Berkan Jan 23 at 19:50

Hi there. I'm Keith. You probably know me as the guy who made the original Firing Lazers feature request. Or perhaps you know me in my role as an Outspoken Downvote Advocate. Or maybe you remember the time I led the charge to kill Identify This Game, and then defined the exception worthy of mercy. I also wrote our custom close-reasons, before they were cruelly overridden. I am often mistaken for a moderator.

I'm running because there is a common theme in other declarations today. Everyone seems to want to be a timid moderator and step back. The power of the binding close vote is overwhelming and frightening. I'm of the opinion that we have enough backseat mods. What this community needs is a moderator willing to step into the front seat and take more of a leadership role in guiding the community forward.

I'd like to be that person. This character limit is far too restrictive.

San Dimas High School Football Rules.

That is all.

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meta questions: 28 / +420
meta answers: 161 / +1,113
helpful flags: 1075 of 1108
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I feel very confident in saying your fourth point has solidified my vote. Be excellent to each other. –  Fluttershy Jan 21 at 1:00
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-1, confuses badp –  badp Jan 21 at 1:00
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Some questions for whenever you have internet later: What is your definition of a "backseat" and a "frontseat" mod? What makes you feel like Arqade is in need of a "frontseat" one at the present time and how will you fulfill that role? It's fairly well-known that you travel a lot for your job and sometimes have poor to no internet access because hotel internet sucks. How will this affect your ability to devote time to moderation? –  FAE Jan 21 at 1:05
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-1: nomination contains no links. –  Shog9 Jan 21 at 1:19
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Can we really trust a person who can't use the site effectively from his mobile phone? At 3AM when your flag goes into the queue, who do YOU want handling it? (seriously though, Less is a solid member of the community and would make a great mod. If you're reading this and don't vote for him, it means you hate Arqade and probably also hate America.) –  Shog9 Jan 21 at 1:24
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IMO, Arqade doesn't need a front-seat mod. We have a lot of strong personalities on this site and I'd personally favor diplomacy over force at this point. –  Matthew Read Jan 21 at 1:28
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You are occasionally blunt to the point of rudeness when you feel a user has done something particularly stupid. The most recent I can think of is the Sandy Hook question, but there have been other instances. Given the diamond gives your comments more weight, plus you'll have new tools at your disposal, How would having a diamond affect how you handle these situations? –  Sterno Jan 21 at 1:46
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-1: still haven't got my check as apparently @shog did :P –  jmfsg Jan 21 at 1:53
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Although I love that you submitted your candidacy, I do have one question. Why didn't you run for mod in the previous elections, and what is different this time? –  StrixVaria Jan 21 at 2:19
    
@fae Everyone else running seems to want to step back, and hang back, and take a backseat. Their words mostly, not mine. I'm of the opinion that moderators are elected to serve the community, yes, but to do so by acting as community leaders and not just janitors. I feel that our current moderation team has, over time, begun to shrink away from that role for various (mostly good, for the ones that I know) reasons, and I feel the team is in need of an infusion of fresh blood interested in taking on that role. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 2:35
    
@FAE As for my travel schedule: It mostly means that I tend to keep a different schedule from many of our current mods. Which is good! While I do frequently use the site from mobile, I'm still regularly here, and can handle the more janitorial duties from pretty much anywhere. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 2:36
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@Sterno I intend to continue to speak my mind. Possibly with less profanity and ad hominem. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 2:37
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@StrixVaria I'm of the opinion that, to date, I was able to accomplish more as a member of this community by not being a moderator, and relying on the persuasiveness of my arguments and my reputation (in the traditional, not numerical) sense of the word to contribute to shaping this community. I feel that I've done what I needed to in that respect, and am ready for a new challenge. Also, because I didn't feel like it then, and I feel like it now; I am nothing if not a creature of whimsy and poorly thought out decisions. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 2:40
    
@jmfsg It's in the mail. I bet those damned corrupt Argentine postal inspectors have stolen it. That's what you get for requesting a cash payment in non-sequential hundred dollar bills. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 2:42
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@LessPop_MoreFizz RE: Being community "leaders". I disagree entirely, the vision for the SE network seems to be that diamonds are indeed janitors not leaders. The community should decide how to run things via voting for meta posts, not some guy doing his own thing however he wants. –  Resorath Jan 21 at 2:47
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As a relatively new user (about 3 months), I would like to know what you feel is the moderator's responsibility to new users? I think a lot of the way the site currently works is by blind trial and error. New users submit, get rejected, hopefully teach themselves, and improve. Do you feel that the moderators should be stepping in earlier in this process to improve the experience for new users? I will state openly, that you were one of the first people to welcome me into the Bridge family. And, I'm hoping to see you elected that you might carry this attitude forward. –  David M Jan 21 at 4:23
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You are well known as a connoisseur of beer and have been active in chat when not sober. Can you address your plans with regards to moderating while drinking? –  Jason Berkan Jan 21 at 4:42
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@Resorath When did I ever say that I was interested in 'doing my own thing however I want'? I think part of the role of an effective moderator is to shape community norms by guiding discussion and seeking consensus. That doesn't mean being a maverick and ignoring community norms, but it does mean working hard to nail down exactly what those norms are in a coherent and complete way. I think that our current mods have, to varying extents, chosen to abdicate from taking part in those discussions over the past year, to the detriment of the site as a whole. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 4:47
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@JasonBerkan Don't? –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 4:48
    
You sound just like some totalitarian leader. –  Edeph Jan 21 at 5:47
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I'd like to point out LessPop_MoreFizz is one of the most active users on meta, who had voiced his (often well-articulated) opinion on a variety of topics. In fact, he's one of the few holders of the silver "discussion" badge on meta, shared only by a few other users, all mods. It shows that even without being a mod, he already works hard to help other users and try to shape the policies of this site, which is an important mod trait. –  Oak Jan 21 at 7:18
    
i'd vote for you just so I can claim the title of the highest non-mod rep :P –  z ' Jan 21 at 14:00
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You probably know me as the guy who made the original Firing Lazers feature request. Or perhaps you know me in my role as an Outspoken Downvote Advocate. Or maybe you remember the time I led the charge to kill Identify This Game, and then defined the exception worthy of mercy. -> I dont know you actually. Kind of cocky. –  Loko Jan 21 at 14:44
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@LessPop You covered the first part of my question, but I'm still a little fuzzy on how exactly you would fulfill the role of what you consider to be a frontseat mod. Can you give examples of what you view to be more proactive actions in a leadership role as moderator in comparison to those who want to hang back? –  FAE Jan 21 at 16:29
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I like your style. –  Josh Petrie Jan 21 at 16:50
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+1. One of the most articulate voices in policy debates I've ever seen on Meta, and the sort of person we need around here, IMHO. –  Rilgon Arcsinh Jan 21 at 18:13
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Less_Pop's name is Keith?! In all seriousness though, I might not agree with every post you've made on meta but I can't refute the fact that you have made every point extremely clear, well-worded, justified, and coherent. You also rarely bring up a problem without already having an excellent idea on how to approach the solution. –  shanodin Jan 22 at 18:12
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@FAE to put it in the simplest terms possible: Meta, meta, meta, meta, meta. I'm sure you remember how (it at least felt like) our mods kind of had to be dragged kicking and screaming into ending the ITG wars once and for all; since those days, the mod presence on meta has dropped off substantially. I don't believe that a strong meta presence is required from every diamond, but I do believe it's required from some diamonds, and more specifically, I think it's needed from more of our mods than currently are... –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 22 at 22:11
    
As to why should I be that active mod on meta? My Meta posting history, represented by the aggregated upvote numbers included at the bottom of my declaration more than speak for themselves in this regard I feel. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 22 at 22:14
    
@shanodin It's been right there in my profile for several years now. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 22 at 23:51
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Hmm, what can you do with moderator powers you can't with 46k rep? –  Jeffrey Lin Jan 23 at 20:57
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@LessPop Thanks for clarifying and for taking the time to answer my questions. –  FAE Jan 23 at 21:12
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@JeffreyLin Ban you. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 23 at 21:15
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@LessPop Thought of something else. As Sterno mentioned, you're well known for your candor, for good or ill, and in addition to that, a sense of humor that extends to mocking/trolling Area 51 proposals that you find personally questionable and/or ridiculous. With a diamond by your name, you're a representative of our site as a whole, as you're well aware. Is this an activity you would continue to partake in were you to be elected or would you curtail it in light of becoming a moderator? –  FAE Jan 24 at 17:09
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If mocking an Area 51 proposal devoted to Shania Twain is wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 25 at 1:33
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz To be fair, you're mocking just about any A51 proposal you find remotely "wrong" because lolA51. –  user98085 Jan 25 at 18:40

Hey, everypony everyone! Fluttershy here. Some of you remember me from when I went by my actual name, Tristan.

I've been an active member of Arqade since the long gone, but never forgotten, pixelated heart days (oh, how I miss you, Pixelated Heart). For those of you who don't remember that heart, I joined in November of 2011.

Since my arrival at Arqade, I've become an active member of both the site proper, and our site's chatroom. I stumbled my way through my first questions, and remember how intimidating it was being a new user here. To that end, I'd like to do my best to make it easier for new users to become active members of our community.

I'll admit I've not been as active on our Meta as I likely should have been, but part of that stems from my tendency to go to chat first. If I've ever been unsure of how to handle a particular situation, I've always been willing to get input from the active chat members, rather than jump to a rash decision.

I've managed to ask and answer my way to the 10k tools, but I still feel like I have more to offer that I can't do at my current level; protecting questions, deleting spam outright, etc.

vote for me! me pro much!

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meta questions: 9 / +54
meta answers: 21 / +81
helpful flags: 1005 of 1017
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You say you'd "like to do your best to make it easier for new users to become active members". How do you plan to do this? –  JonW Jan 20 at 23:34
    
Nitpick: protecting questions is a 15k priv, not diamond-only ;) –  Undo Jan 20 at 23:37
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You can protect questions at 15k? Which is only 600 rep away for you. Spam deletes itself fairly quickly already. What else do you bring to the table? –  Resorath Jan 20 at 23:38
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@JonW By trying to help them to understand the guidelines in our About page, helping them understand why their question has been put on hold, downvoted, etc. It can be pretty daunting for a new user to have their questions immediately closed, or downvoted to oblivion, but not really having a clear understanding of why it was. I'd like to help with that. –  Fluttershy Jan 20 at 23:43
    
@Resorath I have a pretty solid understanding of what is and isn't allowed here, and, as I said, I'm always willing to listen to the community's input. As for spam deleting itself quickly, I've seen spam/offensive posts stick around for quite a while, unactioned. I'd like to do my best to prevent that in the future. –  Fluttershy Jan 20 at 23:45
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While it's admirable to want to aid newcomers to the community, that's only a small fraction of what moderators do and frankly, is something that non-moderator users are also equipped to handle. What else is it that you want to do other than action flags quicker? –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:56
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@FAE I want to action fla--... oh. I see what you did there. But in all seriousness, it's not just flags I want to be able to action quicker. It's everything else as well. We have a lot of clutter here; undeleted, on-hold questions are my main concern. I already cast delete votes when I can, but a lot of the time, those of us below 20k have to wait 72 hours to remove said clutter. By then, it has a tendency to fall through the cracks. I'd like to see less of that. Even highly upvoted things that are no longer on-topic require more delete votes than we can manage on some occasions. –  Fluttershy Jan 21 at 0:04
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@Fluttershy There are several 20k+ users who are active in chat every day who get any question with delete votes in their Tools queue. Why isn't bringing it to the attention of said users enough? Regarding highly upvoted questions, a moderator often can't really use a binding delete in those situations, and those situations usually only come around because of policy changes, which don't happen often. Where do undeleted and closed questions sit in priority in comparison to other issues, like say, interpreting policy or handling community conflicts? –  FAE Jan 21 at 0:13
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@FAE I'm all for bringing things to the attention of the community. But there are times where the community just isn't very active. Or the active users are indisposed. Interpreting policy sits very highly on my priorities list; it's really the main reason I bring things to the community's attention like I do. As for handling community conflicts, I'm not afraid to speak up and express my opinions if need be. In most cases, though, things tend to work themselves. If I needed to step in to try and calm things down, I'd be happy to, and have done so in the past. –  Fluttershy Jan 21 at 0:31
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Everypony Welp, you've lost one vote. :P –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 21 at 0:43
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@LessPop_MoreFizz species-ist. :P –  Ashley Nunn Jan 21 at 0:43
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz But I fixed it! D: It has a strikethrough and everything! I'd freehand circle the correction if I could. :( –  Fluttershy Jan 21 at 0:51
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+1 for having as much reputation as my first modem had baudrate. –  Erick Robertson Jan 21 at 3:18
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You surely have my vote ^_- –  WizLiz Jan 21 at 8:13
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@Fluttershy You stated that undeleted/on-hold questions are your main concern though. Community activity is only quiet at certain times of the day, and closed questions needing deleted aren't nearly as urgent as, for example, items needing offensive/spam flags. Why does this issue, which honestly, to me, seems like a bit of a non-issue in comparison to the current discussions we're having about improving the new user experience and how proactive we want our mods to be, sit so high on your list? –  FAE Jan 24 at 16:56
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@FAE These things are my main concern in regards to clutter. Improving the new user experience is something I care about. I've stumbled, like many users, through the site. It was the guidance and friendliness of the veteran users who helped me grow into the user I am now. I feel I'm at a level now where I am able to provide the same, and would like to provide the same, treatment I was shown then. But, I don't have to be a mod to do that. That's why cleaning up the site, and keeping it clean, sits so highly on my list. And I don't have to be a mod for that, but it would let me do it better. –  Fluttershy Jan 24 at 18:22
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@Fluttershy Thanks for clarifying and taking the time to answer. –  FAE Jan 25 at 19:17

Hi, everyone. I'm Ullallulloo (the u's sound like long double o's). I've been a member here for three and a half years now, and I would like to become one of your moderators.

I've been pretty active on the site for most of its life. I understand a variety of games, so I can participate on whatever. I'm an avid flagger, respectable editor, one of the top reviewers, and the #1 voter on the site. I lurk on Meta pretty actively, although I usually find that other members can articulate better.

I believe that I can interact with new or problematic users fairly and patiently and hopefully be a calming and helpful influence. I get along pretty well with everyone here and don't really know of any grudges either against me or by me.

I usually try to have input on policy decisions in chat, but I bend to the will of community if I'm in the minority. Regardless, I'm in chat most of the time, either on my computer or on *shudder* mobile chat, and I'm notified by the SE app.

Feel free to discuss anything with me either here or in chat.

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meta questions: 7 / +17
meta answers: 29 / +137
helpful flags: 1131 of 1143
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This is all very diplomatic, so how about this question: As a moderator you'll be able (nay expected) to delete not only posts but users too. When would you delete a user from the site, and why? –  JonW Jan 21 at 0:17
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@JonW: Probably not very often. As far as I'm aware we only delete users if they request it or only post spam or offensive material. In general, I would follow whatever our policy is. –  Ullallulloo Jan 21 at 0:26
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As a 10k+ user, you have access to the majority of the moderation tools used every day. What drives you to want to be a moderator? What is it that being a mod will allow you to do that you cannot do now? Do you have any goals as a moderator? You say you bend to the will of the community if you're in the minority, can you give us any examples of stances you didn't agree with, and why you decided to back off? –  FAE Jan 21 at 0:27
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@FAE: Being a mod would let me help clean stuff up faster and maybe talk to people without just being another random person saying something. I don't have any major goals. I guess just helping the mod load and maybe helping new users some more. Some examples of me being in the minority would be parts of game rec, game add-ons, the flash tag, and the Google Doodle tags. None are that big though, and I'm probably forgetting something. –  Ullallulloo Jan 21 at 0:40
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I can support that. We don't need mods to make proclamations and sweeping gestures, we need them to do the job, and it looks like you're prepared to do it. –  Matthew Read Jan 21 at 7:21
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@Ullallulloo "and maybe talk to people without just being another random person saying something." So you'd like to be able to speak with the authority of the diamond, is that correct? In what cases do you think that would make a difference as opposed to speaking out as a regular user, and why do you think it's important? –  FAE Jan 23 at 22:32
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@FAE: I guess that's correct. I think it would probably be most useful when lots of people are all trying to chime in on a newer user's post. It might not be that important, but it might help them if everyone's criticizing them, but not very constructively. –  Ullallulloo Jan 23 at 22:56
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@Ullallulloo Thanks for taking the time to clarify and answer my questions. –  FAE Jan 24 at 16:57
    
@FAE No problem. :) –  Ullallulloo Jan 24 at 18:00

Hi! A lot of you have likely seen me out and about here, or perhaps you know me from my Pets or Libraries moderation stuff. I love this site almost more than cake, and for me, that's a lot. Arqade is full of some of the best people I have ever met, asking the best questions.

Right now I am also a mod on the Pets site. I can hear it now - CAN SHE HANDLE IT ALL? Well, here's the coolest thing ever about this site. I have to spend a lot of time on Pets actively vetting content, because we are new and growing. Here, we have the most rocking-est base of users who are so dedicated to making this place as awesome as it is. You guys aren't dumb. You know what you want, and most importantly, what works here. You don't need mods telling you how to be, you need mods that will help you be as awesome as you already are.

I guess what I really want to say is that I love being here. It is the first place on the internet where I felt like my contributions mattered, and I think that mod, I can help handle all the stuff that needs a little more help than just 10K tools. I'm not as loud, per se, as others, but even the President needs someone to make sure he has clean socks and all of that.

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meta questions: 2 / +7
meta answers: 39 / +190
helpful flags: 904 of 913
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Do you feel that your previous moderator-ships (Library.SE, Pets.SE) have helped you obtain a better understanding of both the Arqade community and the SE community as a whole? If so, what are some of the more important lessons/bits of wisdom you've come upon? –  Krazer Jan 20 at 23:05
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You've already addressed the fact that you're a mod on another site, which would have been my first question. My second is that you stated that you want to do more than just what 10k tools can do. Can you give some concrete examples of what you feel you want to accomplish that you can't currently? What kind of difference do you think you'll be able to make that you're prevented from now? How do you think your other mod experience will aid your moderating here? How, on Arqade, would you have to moderate differently than on other sites? –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:09
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Honestly, it taught me SO much. I missed the beta here, so the site was already pretty established. I learned that there is SO much more to moderation than just saying "I agree with your flag" - it takes work, and time, and effort. There are going to be people that do their best to make you mad, to make you cry, and all of that, and you just gotta be like okay, well, that's just the way it is. It's not all glamour and shiny diamonds. Sometimes, people are going to call you nasty names and pretty much hate you. I grew a much thicker skin. –  Ashley Nunn Jan 20 at 23:09
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@FAE 10K+ tools are generally awesome for day to day clean up. There are, as we've seen, though, so many cases where we need a mod to step in - when users are being actively hostile, or when we have repeat spam making us all want to throw rocks at things, and so on. I can do fiddly things like merge stuff and make tag synonyms and all those tiny details that make things better that I can't touch right now. I am around A LOT, so I feel like I can help make sure things are handled in a timely matter, too. –  Ashley Nunn Jan 20 at 23:16
    
@FAE you get more comments, because character limits! Like I said, I'd have to moderate here differently, because, well, it is at a completely different stage of the game. You don't need constant reminders of how to phrase things to get answers or what is on-topic or all of that. You guys know your stuff. You edit things and flag things and do so many things that betas sometimes struggle with, because no one has all the fancy privs. Like it has been said so often across the network, I'd be the exception handler, dealing with the flags that can't get banished by people with awesome rep piles. –  Ashley Nunn Jan 20 at 23:22
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@Ashley Thanks for your answers. You seem to be saying that you'd take more of a "hands-off" approach to moderating then, if I'm interpreting this correctly? How would you handle needing to help shape or interpret policy on Meta? –  FAE Jan 21 at 0:17
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@FAE I generally think that letting the community decide things for themselves is best, because especially in a community this established, you guys can usually point this stuff out SO fast and so beautifully, that we hardly ever have to touch it. That's not to say I don't want to, though - there will totally be days where I gotta use my best rhetoric and rock out some awesomeness all over Meta, and I am more than happy to do that. :) I'd take what I know from meta and site policy and all the other info we have, and see if I couldn't form an awesome answer with all the tools at my disposal. –  Ashley Nunn Jan 21 at 0:21
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@Ashley Thanks for clarifying and for taking the time to answer. –  FAE Jan 21 at 0:30
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My experience has been that you have a lovely, welcoming demeanor. But, do you think that might limit your ability to take a harder line on people who need more moderation than the 10K crowd can handle? –  David M Jan 21 at 4:26
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@DavidM Aww, thanks. I try to be nice. :) One thing I've learned though, is sometimes, despite everything, you just gotta put your foot down. Moderating taught me that sometimes people are going to be rude and mean and accuse you of a pile of things just because you edited their stuff or closed their questions and so on. I realized pretty fast that there is room for being a super nice person, but there are also times when you just gotta be like nope, your current behaviour just doesn't fly. There's a difference between being welcoming, and being the mat everyone steps on. :) –  Ashley Nunn Jan 21 at 4:35
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@AshleyNunn Well said. Good luck! –  David M Jan 21 at 4:46
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I know you to be a very patient person. Always fair in their interaction with new users of which I used to be one. I look forward to your interaction in the town-hall style chat. Good luck. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 23 at 12:21
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Ashley's good people. She's been through the fire that is moderatorship before, and I know she knows this site inside and out. Good luck in the election! If you win, we will have a cat meme party. –  agent86 Jan 25 at 1:18

Hi all! Many of you will have already spoken to me in chat or seen me around on the site in one place or another.

I arrived at Arqade searching for answers to Diablo 3 questions shortly after its release and got sucked straight in. I believe that we're one of the best gaming resources on the internet for clear, concise, and authoritative answers.

Stack Exchange provides tools to a community and allows the use of these tools to provide great, high quality content to the rest of the internet. Everyone's free to express their own opinions and ideas for how our site is to be run, and it's this that makes Arqade such a great place to be. I appreciate the amount of time needed to keep a site like this clean and running, and I already spend quite a lot of time reviewing, editing, and flagging. I am consistently active on the site, meta, and chat and am always easy to get hold of if needed for anything.

If I were to be elected as a moderator, I would be wary of my binding votes, but my overall activity wouldn't change. I would continue to contribute in the same way that I always have while ensuring that I am available when it matters to keep this excellent community running smoothly.

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meta questions: 11 / +83
meta answers: 35 / +247
helpful flags: 1810 of 1996
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As a lot of us certainly remember (and it's kinda the elephant in the room), you requested deletion of your account last year and, after a while, got your account restored. I'm not going to ask about why you left - that clearly is the past now - but I'd like to ask you: what has changed since you had left? Do you think this puts you into a different position now than then, and how so? –  user98085 Jan 20 at 22:37
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I'm glad we got this one out in the open straight away - I had wanted to mention something about this in my nomination but was defeated by the character limit. I came back because Arqade is awesome, I like a lot of the people here and feel that I get on with a lot of you. I know I'm not always right, (contrary to one of my many kalinaisms) and I'm big enough to admit when I make a mistake. I regretted deleting my account pretty much immediately, so I changed my attitude towards how I approached participating in the site and came back. –  kalina Jan 20 at 22:50
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The deletion definitely left a big dent in my statistics, I have picked up pretty much exactly where I left off though and I think it's important that any prospective moderator candidate already has experience of a reasonable portion of what the role entails - had I not deleted my account I would have some of the best review, voting, editing and flag statistics on the site, and that is on me. –  kalina Jan 20 at 22:52
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While I do think you done a lot of work to help the site improve, I have to admit that I have some concerns about your candidacy. Feichinger has addressed one of them. The other ones I have are the fact that you engaged in some questionable behavior for hats this winter in regards to site usage, voting, and awarding bounties. While I understand achievement hunting, I feel that this kind of site usage is rather ethically questionable and I'm not sure how comfortable I would feel voting for you in light of it. Can you comment on this? –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:01
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Hi @FAE, thanks for your question. I am obviously not proud of the fact my actions with regards to Winterbash were deemed as exploitative, retrospectively reading through the transcript in that channel I completely understand how this opinion was formed but I assure you that at the time I was approaching it from the point of view of understanding how each of the secret hats were granted. I feel that this fact isn't communicated very well in the transcript however. This was more a case of investigating how functionality works rather than trying to exploit the system. –  kalina Jan 20 at 23:21
    
That said, I have been contacted already by the Community Managers in relation to this and I took full responsibility for my actions but they decided not to take any action against me. –  kalina Jan 20 at 23:22
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One of my main concerns is also about your deletion, more specifically how can I trust you won't delete your account again. You said yourself that you "regretted deleting my account pretty much immediately", which reenforces a belief I had that your decision to delete your account was a very rash decision. This makes me very leery of electing you as moderator not only because I'd be concerned you'd hastily delete your account again, but that you may misuse your moderator powers in an equally hasty decision. Can you comment on this? –  Wipqozn Jan 20 at 23:25
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I, too, have concerns about your candidacy. You've a very aggressive personality, and have come to blows with the moderators before, both in your toeing the line through the gray area of acceptable behaviors (including Hats and sockpuppets), and in your not-always-joking cries of "Moderator Abuse", threatening to email @community over one or more of the mod team's alleged misdoings. Why should the community trust that you've changed, and would be a positive addition to the moderator team? –  Raven Dreamer Jan 20 at 23:34
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@kalina Thank you for answering my question and for the clarification. –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:37
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Hi @Wipqozn, of course I can - the decision to delete my account at the time wasn't rash, it was more of a crescendo largely caused by my attitude towards my participation on the site. This was very much a one off instance which has been completely rectified before I made the decision to return. I would have never returned if I hadn't been able to promise myself that I wouldn't let my attitude cause these issues to arise again. Additionally, it took a lot of effort from Stack Exchange to bring my account back and it's time spent that I truly appreciate. –  kalina Jan 20 at 23:43
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Please understand though that out of respect for the people involved I don't think it would be right to air past differences here - the events leading up to me deleting my account have all been resolved and I have reconciled with everybody involved. –  kalina Jan 20 at 23:43
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Hi @Raven, to address your concerns please consider that since my return I have not clashed with the Arqade moderator team in any instance. I have apologised and reconciled (and even befriended) the moderators involved in these instances. My past cries of moderator abuse, as mentioned above these were largely provoked by my misunderstanding of the actions of others but fundamentally caused by my attitude. Issues which have both been resolved. Regarding the Winterbash issue (as addressed above in FAE's question), this has been dealt with by the Community Managers and resolved. –  kalina Jan 20 at 23:48
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@kalina Our concerns aren't about "past differences", but with concerns about actions you've taken on the site and how it will affect your ability to be a moderator. Actions such as deleting your account and sockpuppetting are serious concerns, which go beyond just being "past differences." To be perfectly blunt, referring our concerns as "airing past differences" just makes me more concerned about your ability to moderate. –  Wipqozn Jan 20 at 23:53
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Hi @Wipqozn, my apologies, allow me to clarify: by "airing past differences" I was specifically referring to the lead up to my account deletion, and I don't think these actions need to be aired again as they're all reconciled with the individuals directly involved. The sock puppeting issue is a serious offence and a mistake I made nearly two years ago right after signing up for Stack Exchange, before I had a full comprehension of the rules. –  kalina Jan 21 at 0:05
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I am not saying my actions were right and I'm not using my past naivety as an excuse: I did those things, I was punished for them, I got back up and tried again. I prefer to view my past mistakes as experience with the administrative side of Stack Exchange, I know the sort of experiences that the users I would be moderating are having, I know the sort of things that they'll need to be told and I know the sort of responses that they will give me in return. Yes, I have been naughty in the past and I am not hiding from that - but that is in the past and I've never made the same mistake twice. –  kalina Jan 21 at 0:05

Hi! I'm fredley. I've been a member of this community for three and a half years, and I'm one of the most reputable, most voting, most flagging, and most editing members of this site. I'm a frequent protector of questions, caster of close votes, wielder of downvotes, creator of cool ads and all round committed community member.

So why would I make a good mod? Apart from having every noteworthy badge, I am a frequent (active almost every day) contributor to this site, and in particular I'm in The Bridge almost every day. I'm not a strongly opinionated person. While some people here have rather strong opinions on acceptable questions, tags and such, I am happy to let the community decide on what it wants to be, and help them out as best as possible.

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meta questions: 54 / +334
meta answers: 75 / +679
helpful flags: 2132 of 2184
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I have the same question for you as I had for StrixVaria. Can you elaborate on what you feel you could do as a moderator that you cannot currently do as a 20k+ user? Why do you want to be a mod? –  FAE Jan 20 at 21:58
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@FAE Act more quickly and decisively. I flag a lot of questions a day, and while not all of these I would elect to remove immediately, I would be able to act much more quickly. Over the past couple of years the site has grown hugely, as has the amount of spam, and keeping this site clean and tidy is a big motivation for me. –  fredley Jan 20 at 22:02
    
This "while not all of these I would elect to remove immediately" part honestly seems like a very "diplomatic" answer to the similar comment about flags that I made on Frank's nomination. Sneaky, but I'm calling you out on it no less. –  user98085 Jan 20 at 22:07
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@FEichinger Honestly it's not (I hadn't read those comments!), it's more aimed at false positives. I flag some things I'm not sure about, and have a few disputed/declined flags as a result. I would only be engaging mod powers against content I am 100% certain deserves them. –  fredley Jan 20 at 22:12
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To make sure i understand what you're saying, Would you categorize your role as mod more as a janitor than a policy setter? –  Sterno Jan 20 at 23:53
    
@Sterno Yes, I would. Any views I have on policy are independent of any modship I may or may not receive. As a mod my role is to encourage constructive discourse within the community more than to lead it. –  fredley Jan 20 at 23:59
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@fredley Thanks for answering my question. While you say that your views on policy are independent of being a mod, having the diamond next to your name still does carry weight. How would you handle that in discussions regarding policy on Meta? Would you let other mods handle them in lieu of posting yourself, or something else entirely? –  FAE Jan 21 at 0:20
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What hours (in GMT/UTC) would you be active on the site on an average day? I see you're from UK so that'd make only one other user from Europe (excluding any others running in this election) from the region. What difference would this make to your moderatorship? –  JonW Jan 21 at 0:20
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@FAE I will not hold back from posting my views if I have any on a particular subject. I am aware the diamond carries weight, but I wouldn't change my meta behaviour as a result. Most of the active posters on Meta (particularly those who get involved in long discussions) know me and my stances already, and I would fully expect any of them to call me out if this happened! –  fredley Jan 21 at 9:36
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@JonW The fact I am active in a relatively inactive time could be partly the cause of my flag weight. I am seeing a lot of bad content at a time when there's nobody active to take moderator action to clean it up! I'm active nearly every morning and afternoon (GMT) and some evenings. In terms of differences, it means there are less mods around if a decision or discussion needs to take place. While this could be frustrating, I'd rather wait a day for other mods to get involved than to take swift action that might be against their (more experienced) opinions. –  fredley Jan 21 at 9:40
    
@fredley Thanks for taking the time to answer. –  FAE Jan 21 at 15:40
    
@FAE A few further thoughts to add: Part of the reason I say I'll maintain my posting habits is that I don't post that much on controversial topics currently anyway, and I believe all of the posts and comments I have made on meta to date would be acceptable with a diamond attached. I hope that makes it clear. –  fredley Jan 21 at 15:53
    
@fredley Ah, thanks for the clarification. –  FAE Jan 21 at 18:02
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@fredley I have seen and reviewed your profile. I am swinging towards you as one of my potential candidates that I want to vote for. I hope you do good in the town-hall style chat. Good luck. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 23 at 12:23
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@Vaishali Town hall chats aren't done anymore, so if you'd like to pose more questions to the candidates, you can do so in the Arqade 2014 Election Discussion room‌​. –  FAE Jan 23 at 16:00
    
@FAE Oops I made an error. I can check the chat transcript later. Its too late here in my timezone. Thanks for pointing that out. –  ヴァイシャリ Jan 23 at 17:20

Here's just a quick summary of why I think I would make for a great moderator:

  • I'm very active within the community (I visited the site every day for the last 196 days, at the time of writing) and actively participate in moderation with the tools I've been given with reputation
  • I'm familiar with the site software
  • I'm a chill dude with some previous administration/moderation experience
  • I have only time for the next year or two
  • I follow the community consensus, but I'm also willing to challenge it on meta
  • I'm active in the chat and meta (both site and MSO)
  • I don't hesitate to take action as long as I have enough details about the situation

I stand between the community leader and janitor interpretations about moderator duties, supporting both. All of this can be summarized to the following sentence: I would be a very active helping hand for a long time to the future.

Please check out my answers to the questionnaire and the first version of this nomination for more about me.

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meta questions: 13 / +80
meta answers: 58 / +370
helpful flags: 638 of 652
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You are quite close to 10k reputation, opening up the flag moderation - with that in mind, do you think a moderator position would give you an opportunity to "do more" than you would once you pass that threshold? –  user98085 Jan 20 at 21:26
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Yes, of course. I wouldn't have nominated myself, if there was little to no functional difference between 10k tools and moderator tools. The difference might be relatively small, but it's significant, and I think it would allow me to help the community much more. But of course, it's hard for me to say with full certainty without access to the tools. –  3ventic Jan 21 at 8:07
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Do you think your moderation experience elsewhere gives you an advantage over other candidates? How do you think you could apply that experience to moderation on Arqade? –  FAE Jan 21 at 15:26
    
@FAE The experience from outside applying here, too, is mostly how to deal with people when they challenge your moderation actions (different community - different rules to enforce, in a different way), especially in cases where the user hasn't done anything specifically listed in the rules, but still something that's obviously wrong. An example of such activity on SE would be sockpuppetry. –  3ventic Jan 21 at 15:33
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IT's true that you have been really active for those 6 month so my question is quite simple : Do you think that you have acquired enough experience on the site those last 6 months in order to moderate in adequation with the principle of the site ? –  WizLiz Jan 21 at 15:56
    
@WizLiz Yes, I think I have acquired enough experience with both the site and the community around it. –  3ventic Jan 21 at 23:02

What up. I'm StrixVaria.

At all those previous elections, I didn't run for mod. That's because during the previous elections, I knew that I was really too opinionated to be a mod. Since, I've changed for the better. Just look at my success as a room owner! I'm perhaps the only one who hasn't gone mad with power.

Real talk. I helped kill game-rec and ITG, and good riddance. Once ITG was murdered, I really loosened up. I still don't tolerate bad content, but the Big Two are gone and blanket rules really don't work any more.

One thing we've come across a few times, where I feel the moderators have done a subpar job, is in dealing with users who don't "get it". I don't tolerate people who intentionally subvert the system, and I would take a harder stance on trolls, etc. While this may not come up all the time, it has come up, and the community has been left with wanting more action. The experience on this site should be good for new and frequent users both, not just new ones.

Plus, it's going to be good to have another mod who understands all that LoL jibber-jabber (sup Raven).

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meta questions: 29 / +121
meta answers: 82 / +518
helpful flags: 470 of 486
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You haven't gone mad with power when given the opportunity? -1 –  badp Jan 20 at 20:57
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As the only 20k+ user so far who's made a declaration for candidacy, can you elaborate more on what you feel you could do as a moderator that you cannot with the moderation tools currently available to you? –  FAE Jan 20 at 21:32
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@FAE The main thing I think this site needs right now is more moderator presence. Very often, my delete vote is the first (and only) one that's cast. As a moderator, I would be able to get these out of the way quicker. This site doesn't need a revolution, it just needs more helping hands. My candidacy has a platform of "keep on going, just with more people who can actually act". I'm a known force who's been around for a long time and knows the community. –  StrixVaria Jan 20 at 23:30
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@StrixVaria Thanks for addressing my question, and I appreciate that you took the time to mention that your formerly hard-line stances have softened a bit. –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:45
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Your recent activity shows a massive dive around September/October '13. What caused that, and do you feel that impairs you capabilities in any way? –  user98085 Jan 21 at 1:41
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@FEichinger Strix got married at the end of September, so I'd imagine wedding planning and the whole... being married now thing had a bunch to do with it. –  FAE Jan 21 at 1:46
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@FAE It's just another one of these obvious-questions-to-ask, is all. ;) –  user98085 Jan 21 at 1:50
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@FEichinger I got married and started a new job in October. The plans leading up to both of those things started around September. I'm getting back into the swing of things now. My activity on the site might come and go in waves, but my presence is pretty consistent. –  StrixVaria Jan 21 at 2:16
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@StrixVaria Can you elaborate what you mean by "taking a harder stance on trolls", including what you perceive the current stance of mods to be? –  Sterno Jan 21 at 15:32
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@Sterno Everyone is afraid of 30-minute chat bans, it seems. Even warranted, community-validated ones frequently get overturned by mods, which is silly. A 30-minute time out is not that big a penalty, and it can give a moderator time to craft a well-worded warning against future behavior. Similarly on the site, users who repeatedly make the same mistakes are often left to continue making mistakes over and over again. Waiting a day to post again isn't that big a deal, and can give a user time to cool down and understand what's going on. –  StrixVaria Jan 21 at 16:06
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Essentially, I don't believe the moderators use all the tools at their disposal as often as they may be necessary. Most people don't warrant any actions like this, but when the rare case comes up that does, then action should be taken. –  StrixVaria Jan 21 at 16:06
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@StrixVaria I'm interested in what your definition of "trolling" is, in the context of Arqade. Some behaviors dubbed trolling are simple harassment. Is that the extent of what your talking about, or does it extend into disagreements? In a disagreement between two parties (or groups) - who do you ban? –  EBongo Jan 22 at 2:32
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@EBongo I'm not sure I understand how "simple harassment" is better than trolling. Both, really, are worthy of bans. Merely disagreeing with somebody doesn't warrant any moderator action. Continuously disregarding the consensus of the community, however, does warrant moderator action. As long as people are civil and respect each other and the community, no action would be necessary. For example, posting one question that is intentionally inappropriate should get that question deleted and a warning. Doing it over and over should get you a suspension. –  StrixVaria Jan 22 at 2:45
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Just in case there would be a followup question on how we tell whether someone is doing things "intentionally" or not...I think that should be left up to the mod's discretion. There will be no way to prove things one way or another. That's why we have to choose moderators that we can trust to act, and who we can trust to act reasonably. I believe that I can make that distinction. –  StrixVaria Jan 22 at 2:52
    
@StrixVaria Thanks for elaborating. I didn't mean to imply harassment was better than trolling - instead that it is easier to define as bad. In contrast to disagreements, which aren't always bad IMHO. I agree with you that you have to trust mods to interpret "intentions" to the best of their ability. I'm guessing I just haven't witnessed folks intentionally "disregarding the consensus of the community" much (not to say it doesn't happen). I have been in the minority opinion on my fair share of Meta and Chat discussions though, and I was wondering if that fit in that bucket. –  EBongo Jan 22 at 14:03
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@EBongo It doesn't happen much, thankfully. I have seen it happen on occasion, but I don't want to name names or call attention to specific incidents. –  StrixVaria Jan 22 at 14:09
    
Strix and I chatted and I better understand where he is coming from. I think he summed it up well above, but I now have a better sense what he didn't mean. Check out the chat log if you are interested. He has my support. –  EBongo Jan 23 at 3:49
    
...and I'll add that I appreciate he was open to discussing it. :) –  EBongo Jan 23 at 3:49

Hello, all. My name is Frank Bueckert. I'm 30 years old, and have been active on Arqade for almost two years.

Moderator actions

I have one of the highest helpful flag counts on this site. As a mod, I could delete those rather just flagging them, and the same with offensive and spam answers. The less those spend on the site, the better.

My participation in Meta is quite active. I truly believe in this being a community run site, and I hate it when actions are taken against that. If I am elected, I will do my best to ensure that the consensus is followed, despite my personal preferences. While I certainly believe there are problematic topics that have suspect utility (*cough*Lore*cough*), the community has determined that they allow those questions, and I abide by that consensus. I am quite familiar with our stance on certain subjects, and why they are the way they are.

My platform

I'm going to be less hands on, if elected. Because I will no longer be able to cast non-binding close or delete votes, and I will rely much more on the community to handle itself. Like badp, I believe moderators are more exception handlers.

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meta questions: 20 / +219
meta answers: 64 / +179
helpful flags: 4521 of 4572
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That flag count is truly insane. "Strong opinions, weakly held" seems to be part of your philosophy and personally I can really get behind a mod who will fight for an idea but still enact the community's decision in the end. –  Matthew Read Jan 20 at 20:47
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I hope I'm not alone in having thought that you already were a moderator for some reason. –  cloudymusic Jan 20 at 20:53
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Having watched and flagged far too many comment arguments between you and new users, I have concerns about your ability to moderate, especially with regards to the "patient and fair" and "shows respect for their fellow community members" bullet points. Will you be able to keep things civil even when new users consistently make the same mistakes? Or when the community consistently interprets and votes differently than the way you interpret a meta discussion? –  Jason Berkan Jan 20 at 21:36
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You make quite a bold assumption about your helpful flag count, in that you wish to "delete those rather than just flagging them". Not every helpful flag is necessarily aimed at deleting a post (and really shouldn't be, it's a tool of bringing a post to someone's attention who might be better suited to figure out what to do with it). –  user98085 Jan 20 at 21:44
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I am also not quite sure what to think of you saying you want to be "less hands-on" - currently you're very much spearheading a lot of closures and deletions (for better or worse). Wouldn't becoming a moderator, then, impact your participation a lot? –  user98085 Jan 20 at 21:44
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There have been discussions in the past about your approach to new users on the site and the fact that some people interpret your tone as somewhat abrasive and occasionally, hostile. I see that you state that you're going to be less hands on if you're elected. How, if at all, do you plan on addressing these community concerns and how you interact on the site? –  FAE Jan 20 at 21:47
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@JasonBerkan I always attempt to engage with new users when I feel their question is problematic. It is part of my philosophy of accountability being a two way street, for both us and them. I don't believe I've ever been rude to any members, new or not, although certainly my comments have been interpreted as attacks on them personally. I try to educate new users as best I can, and I don't think there's ever been a time where I haven't been patient with them. Just check out some of my latest comments; even now, I'm still trying to help new users learn our ways, in a civil manner. –  Frank Jan 20 at 22:09
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@FEichinger The vast majority of my flags are NaA. There are usually only two options for those; delete, or convert into a comment. I rarely flag for low quality or use custom flags. For low quality, I prefer to edit them if I understand what's being said, and if I don't, I leave it alone, trusting the community to be able to handle it. As for being less hands on, I mean I will be casting less close and delete votes. I will still be as vocal as I am on Meta and in chat, but with an understanding of the responsibility being a moderator brings. –  Frank Jan 20 at 22:14
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@FAE Indeed, and in that area, I'm still a work in progress. I am continually working on making my comments sound much less abrasive, and I think I'm having some success with that. Occassionally, they still get misinterpreted, so I still have some improving to do. I'm no stranger to constructive criticism, and I've always been open to admitting when I've made a mistake. –  Frank Jan 20 at 22:20
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@Frank Thank you for addressing my question. I wish you the best in working on this. –  FAE Jan 20 at 23:30
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Based on you having given almost 4x as many downvotes as upvotes, I have a concern that you may be more interested in punishing bad content than encouraging good content. I'm curious about why you think your ratio is what it is. –  Sterno Jan 20 at 23:43
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@Sterno I've always been a very outspoken advocate of downvoting. I see it more as a motivation to action. People tend to not like downvotes, and pointing out problems with their content with a comment and a downvote carries much more weight than just a straight comment. Plus, downvotes carry much less weight than upvotes, and are easily countered; upvotes carry with them privileges. Privileges that I believe should be such, and can be granted in spite of user contributions, due to upvotes being much heavier than downvotes. –  Frank Jan 21 at 3:04
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I have just done some Math. That is based on the assumption that your votes are reasonably evenly spread-out across answers and questions, but the result is staggering. Even if we take out the downvoter penalty (since you have to have earned that yourself first), your voting behaviour has only added at best a measly 142 reputation to the system. At worst, you have removed a whole of 1486 reputation. This is rather concerning, given that nobody would gain any privileges if everyone were to vote like this. –  user98085 Jan 21 at 18:48
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@FEichinger You're forgetting that deleted stuff gets rep refunded. Downvoting obvious trash is part of the whole system, and something I do on a regular basis. Since actual downvote specifics are private, the best I can do is say ~75% of my downvotes are on deleted items. Much of the rest is on closed questions that should be deleted as well. As it stands, less than 900 of my downvotes still exist. –  Frank Jan 21 at 18:52
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RE: Your reply to my comment at Jason Berkan's nomination. I commented there that being polite, patient and remaining calm even when faced with disagreement should be, IMO, requirements for moderatorship here in Arqade. You asked me to address these issues directly to you. I've been here in Arqade for 3+ years, have frequently seen you engage the users - new and old, myself included, and could not honestly say that any of these traits apply to you. A few cases in point: You have, in this site's public chatroom, categorized comments you disagree with as "whining" –  galacticninja Jan 22 at 6:45
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…You have, through comments, engaged in telling users not to upvote a controversial lore question that already got a drawn-out discussion in the comments section, provoking even more comments (comments now deleted). I see even more examples by searching for my username at chat. I personally see many of these comments as non-constructive, hostile, and in bad form, since they are posted in a publicly viewable chatroom and web site… –  galacticninja Jan 22 at 6:46
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…Do you still stand by these comments? If you become a mod, honestly, what will change in the way you engage or communicate with users, both old and new, and especially the ones you have disagreements with? –  galacticninja Jan 22 at 6:46
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@galacticninja And as has been noted on meta, you seem very focused on the things that happened to you. While I'm certain a valid point can be made about Frank's demeanour, going on your happy little crusade about how terribly you've been wronged is not constructive for this election. –  user98085 Jan 22 at 8:42
    
@galacticninja You are miscategorizing my statements as disagreement, and I find it interesting that the last few chat links I've seen from you all regard criticsm against you. I find those specific actions of yours actively harmful to the site's wellbeing, and I have expressed my opinion of them, months after attempting to reason with you as to why they are harmful. That's not disagreement with your comment. That's disagreement with your actions, which is every user's right. –  Frank Jan 22 at 14:05
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@galacticninja You are also not telling the whole story when it comes to comments. Suffice it to say that I have already said what I will about it. If I become a mod, things that I feel are actively harmful to the site are things I will address with the people in question, in private. I feel one of the primary uses of our public chat channel is to discuss problematic items, so that the community can decide how to deal with it. So long as it does not degenerate to attacking the person being discussed, and does not get too heated, I feel that is a perfectly acceptable use of the channel. –  Frank Jan 22 at 16:39
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@FEichinger You can criticize galactic for making a lot of self-referential examples, but the only other option is calling other people out. For some of the nominations folks are saying "I won't change" or "I don't want to change the site". Others like Frank are mentioning changes from the status quo, in this case being less hands on. I think its natural for folks who have gotten to know the status quo to have a lot of questions about what exactly is changing. But I also think there is only so much that can be explained in the few days before elections. –  EBongo Jan 23 at 4:18
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For my part I'll be voting mostly on my experience with these folks, and what kind of mod I expect them to be, but I am trying my best to understand the proposed changes from the different nominees. –  EBongo Jan 23 at 4:22

This election is complete.