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My Raptr Profile where you can find links to all my various platform profiles, including Steam, as well as see how many hours of my life I've sunk into this hobby. Feel free to add me, but please message me and let me know you're from Gaming.SE.

Gaming.SE blog where I mostly edit, but sometimes contribute.

Platforms I own:

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo DSLite
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • XBox 360
  • Playstation 3
  • Playstation 2
  • Sony PSP-2000
  • Playstation Vita
  • PC, Windows 7

Genres I enjoy:

  • MMORPGs (City of Heroes, Guild Wars 1 & 2, various F2P MMOs)
  • RPGs (Final Fantasy series, BioWare games)
  • Music/Rhythm games (Rock Band/GH series, Audiosurf, Beat Hazard)
  • TBS (Civilization series)
  • RTS to some extent (Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, not a big StarCraft player)
  • Simulation/God games (Anno series, SimCity, Tropico, Dungeon Keeper, Evil Genius)
  • Action/Adventure (Zelda series, ICO/SotC, God of War series)
  • Arcade racers (Burnout series)
  • 3rd person open world sandbox games with exaggerated physics/reality (seriously, this practically a genre unto itself now... Prototype, Infamous, Crackdown, Saints Row series, Just Cause 1/2, Arkham Asylum/City)
  • weird, quirky indie games whose qualities I have trouble quantifying (Recettear, The Void, The Path)
  • Basically nearly anything except for sports games like FIFA/Madden/UFC/etc.

Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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I have to admit I find myself a little baffled by your declaration. If you wouldn't vote for you, why should we?
Jan
21
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@Wandang I see. You've had some issues in chat in regards to some of your posted content being over the line or outright offensive, which caused some conflicts that necessitated suspension. You didn't seem very willing to budge on your stances in this situations and have had a couple other instances of chat banning. As a moderator, you're a representative of this community and your behavior reflects on the site as a whole. Were you to be elected, how would you address this?
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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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.
Jan
20
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@kalina Thank you for answering my question and for the clarification.
Jan
20
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@Frank Thank you for addressing my question. I wish you the best in working on this.
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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@MatthewRead A fair point! In this case, I'm thinking about the larger scale decisions that we made, such as the Game Rec and ITG bans, which had an incredibly high level of community involvement. I definitely agree that mods should be active enough on Meta to be able to aid the community in that kind of decision-making.
Jan
20
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@Wandang As Arperum said, you don't have to only go through the Review queue to flag things, and I notice you've only reviewed 4 things in your history on the site. In what ways do you want to "improve the ruleset"? The community as a whole comes together to shape the policy. What is your primary goal as a moderator, given that in regards to "shaping the rules", in general, moderators do not shape policy, they merely enforce it.
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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I do agree with letting people help themselves, but users who are below 50 reputation cannot "rectify the situation themselves", as they do not meet the allowed threshold to comment. Those tend to be the most common perpetrators of "comments left as answers", and mods need to step in in those situations for cleanup purposes. Thanks for clarifying your stance.
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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No, not everything needs to be brought to mod attention. Moderators are exception handlers. Yes, spam and offensive flags can be handled by the community, but while I'm a 20k+ user, I can't convert an answer into a comment, nor can I merge 2 duplicate questions in order to save a good answer, etc. It seems like your stance is that flagging should be a "last resort" measure, which I find concerning, as it's something that ideally should be used as part of regular site maintenance.
Jan
20
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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?
Jan
20
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I noticed your low flag count and while I've read your reasoning, I'm not sure I completely understand your justification. If answers are blatantly Not An Answer (such as comments left as answers) or Low Quality, it behooves the community to flag them and bring them to the attention of moderators so they can be dealt with. In addition, flagging can also be used to dispute incorrect flags from other users. Why don't you use this aspect of flagging? In addition, is there any reason in particular for your lack of Meta activity, given its importance to the community?