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Congratulations to our new moderators! As a losing candidate, I send my personal congratulations to both Rand al'Thor and Null. I wish you and the entire community the best. I’m sure you’ll both work for the good of the site. I can’t imagine this is an easy role to take on – good luck to you and our entire moderation team – and thanks in advance for the ...


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Thank you to all who voted for me and to everyone who expressed their congratulations. Thank you also to all the candidates for a good race. There were many excellent candidates who would have made great moderators, and I hope they consider running in the next election. Thank you also to Keen for all his efforts. Your presence will be sorely missed, ...


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Let me be the first to congratulate @PearsonArtPhoto on his sterling service to the site. I know he's not been especially active in the past few months but as one of the earliest moderators, he was responsible for making this site the success it is now. A firm round of applause is in order...


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How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie?


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How will you handle highly visible, controversial incidents? The last year has seen suspensions of high rep users, freezing of our main chat room, and a moderator being asked to resign. I do not want to rehash those incidents, but one thing that stood out to me was the decision by both the community managers and the moderators to keep as silent as possible, ...


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As a defeated moderator candidate, I would like to personally congratulate Pureferret and Kevin for their election. I'm sure they will be great moderators that will act for the greater good of scifi.stackexchange. I would also want to thank the others defeated candidates. There was far more quality candidates on this election than positions to fulfill. And ...


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How often, and for how long, are you willing to be on the site each day/week? Our current mods are fantastic, but it is sometimes difficult to find one when you need one. What are your normal usage patterns here?


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Congratulations to you both. I hope your time as a moderator is happier than mine was and that you both hold fast to the qualities that made people vote for you in the first place; honesty, openness and a genuine desire to make this site the best that it can be. A special word to Rand. You've had to deal with some very open (and harsh) criticism during ...


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When the current moderator team feels it's necessary, and time permits. Given the holidays, it'd probably be best to not hold one any sooner than January; whether one is necessary then is a decision the current moderator team should make based on their availability and workload.


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One of the complaints we see often is that many users are not aware of current meta policies. Additionally, some of the policy decisions conflict with each other. What do you suggest we do to make these policies more definitive and more accessible to the average user?


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What do you do now to build the community, rather than your own prestige in the community?


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My name is Mike Edenfield and this is my obligatory joke about approving this message. How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie? The answer to this question would depend on exactly which moderation task I was performing, because ...


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According to A Theory of Moderation, a moderator should be a "human exception handler", one who steps in when the system needs occasional intervention. How will you best separate your own opinions and your responsibilities for being an ambassador for the site?


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I'm Jack B Nimble and I'm running for Moderator! How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie? New users are just that, new. They can't be expected to coming knowing the 5 year history of the site or the evolution of its rules and ...


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One of the most important aspects of moderators in Stack Exchange communities is that they come from the community itself. They are normally well respected within that community before being elected to a moderator role. So my question is bipartite: Do you think it's possible to remain both a part of the community and as a moderator who also must police ...


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I'm @alexwlchan, and these are my answers. Here's my nomination post. How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie? It depends a lot on the severity and nature of the incident. Putting aside the extreme cases, I'd be more lenient ...


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Will you be able to separate yourself from relationships made in chat in order to fulfill your role as a moderator dealing with people you are chat friendly with on the main site?


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Vote Jason Baker. Before I get started, I want to be clear about something; any time I talk about actions I would take as a moderator, for the sake of brevity I'm going to omit the first step: consult with other mods. In real practice, that will always be the first thing I do, for all but the most trivial cases (e.g. obvious spam). I'm not the only mod, and ...


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How, if at all, would your new insta-close powers affect your current voting habits or activity?


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Moderator elections are held for graduated sites when the SE team feels that additional moderators are needed. From meta.stackexchange.com: When do elections take place? The community team periodically looks at the work load on graduated sites and will reach out to the moderation team if it looks like more help might be needed. Broadly, it's up to the ...


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I’m @alexwlchan, and these are my answers. Here's a link to my nomination post. How, if at all, would your new insta-close powers affect your current voting habits or activity? I’d probably be more careful about voting, and only vote if I was absolutely sure. If not, I’d leave a comment and wait for a few other people to weigh in before voting, if at ...


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As a corollary to Richard's question about high rep users: What will be your approach to low rep (<1k rep) users in general? Low rep users are the vast majority of the users, and the ones who frequently need some gentle guidance. As a low rep user I've felt like my opinion was discounted because it is assumed that low rep users "just don't understand ...


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One of the most difficult flags to manage is the "This is not an answer" flag for answers. How will you manage these flags?


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I'm Null, and these are my answers. Please also see my nomination post. How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie? Generally my moderator practices would not be shaped by the person in question. As much as possible, every user should ...


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