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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
25
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@shanodin Thanks for the responses and taking the time to answer my questions.
Jan
24
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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?
Jan
24
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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?
Jan
24
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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?
Jan
24
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@Ullallulloo Thanks for taking the time to clarify and answer my questions.
Jan
24
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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?
Jan
23
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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?
Jan
23
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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?
Jan
23
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@LessPop Thanks for clarifying and for taking the time to answer my questions.
Jan
23
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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?
Jan
23
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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?
Jan
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​.
Jan
21
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@fredley Ah, thanks for the clarification.
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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@fredley Thanks for taking the time to answer.
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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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.
Jan
21
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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?
Jan
21
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@Ashley Thanks for clarifying and for taking the time to answer.
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?