2021 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 24 at 20:00
election began
May 31 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 8 at 20:00
candidates
5
positions
1

On Stack Exchange, we believe the core moderators should come from the community, and be elected by the community itself through popular vote. We hold regular elections to determine who these community moderators will be.

Community moderators are accorded the highest level of privilege on our community, and should themselves be exemplars of positive behavior and leaders within the community.

Our general criteria for moderators is as follows:

  • patient and fair
  • leads by example
  • shows respect for their fellow community members in their actions and words
  • open to some light but firm moderation to keep the community on track and resolve (hopefully) uncommon disputes and exceptions

Every election has three phases:

  1. Nomination
  2. Primary
  3. Election

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

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Questionnaire
The community team has compiled questions from meta for the candidates to answer.
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

[Answer 1 here]

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

[Answer 2 here]

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

[Answer 4 here]

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

[Answer 5 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 6 here]

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

[Answer 7 here]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

[Answer 8 here]

Anupam Kumar

  • 21yo college kid

  • Plethora of professionalism

  • Lighting MD skills

  • Gentle as a lamb

  • As a developer, I talk and code.

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

Encourage them and promote them for their good activity. Discussion is always important.

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

If someone has put the effort into putting up a question and it is a different problem, it should not be flagged as closed/deleted. Will make an effort to give credits to this person.

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?
  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

Enthusiastic people continuously joining the community to make it better.

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

We can warn these types of users, but A'holes are not welcomed in our community. We should be strict about that.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Help the community grow, promote questions where users have put effort on, expand public knowledge, share information resources for everyone, and basically enhance the community.

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

I take responsibility for each word that I type from my laptop's keyboard.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

It will be fruitful to the community because a moderator can stop spamming/hateful comments and hence saving lots of time for the community. It will encourage beginner users to try out things and have more confidence in SO. There will be no easy way for spammers to destroying our community.

Lauri Peltonen

  • 37 years from Finland

  • Developer for some 15 years. Master's degree from IT

  • I'm fully non-anonymous, I encourage users to contact me also directly when needed

  • I've been helping users with Ethereum for some 3 years now. Not only in StackExchange, but in various other forums as well. When I arrived at StackExchange, I was a total newbie. I learned a lot by reading the questions and answers, and slowly started also answering some questions. So I understand what it's like to be new and clueless around here.

  • I'm not looking forward to waving a ban hammer or something like that, I simply believe I could help the community better if I was chosen as moderator. In fact, the less work there is, the better the community is doing.

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

At some point I was probably #1 in flagging this kind of behavior, since I got tired of the verbal abuse. I don't see why we couldn't simply discuss with the user and try to find some sort of a compromise. But, in the end, we're here for the community - not for a single user.

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

If it's important enough for me, I'd simply discuss it with the mod. In most cases it probably wouldn't be important enough.

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?

I'm actually not very active with the review queues :/ But in general, even if it's "against the rules", I really enjoy it when users comment on my answers that it was super helpful and thanks.

On the other hand, what I dislike is users who ask the same questions again and again with slight variations, since they feel they deserve more answers.

  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

The feedback from users. Also, I appreciate when someone comments on my old answer something like "hey, actually this is not exactly correct..." and I have a chance to correct the answer.

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

Honestly, sometimes I also feel like commenting something similar.

If it's simply spamming multiple times, and obviously a new user, probably easiest to simply ban. Otherwise it may be some temporary problem and some temporary measures may be better. But direct discussion also wouldn't hurt.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

As little as possible! Seriously. They should only exist to take care of edge cases which can't be handled in any other way. Every now and then some firm action is required which regular users can't perform, to keep the forum clean and as user-friendly as possible.

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

Luckily I didn't start leaving my mark here some 20 years ago, and I'd say I know how to behave nowadays :) I feel I've done a good job here so far and I wouldn't do anything differently. Hopefully the same will continue, regardless of whether I'm voted in or not.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

To take care of the aforementioned edge cases.

I really don't even know what all tools moderators have...

Ismael Bejarano

  • I've been a developer for more than fifteen years, in the blockchain space for the last five, and in this site for almost that same time.

  • I like learning new technologies, answering and helping others is great way to do it.

  • My favorite topics are solidity, smart contracts, EVM.

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

This is a tough question. I'll try to talk to the person to understand what's the issue, we are all different and have different priorities. Perhaps give them a warning to change their behavior. Ultimately I consider the community to be more important, a block should be considered as a last resource if an individual isn't willing to change.

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

I'll contact the mod and try to explain my reasons and understand theirs. It should be fine we've reached an agreement on the outcome. If we can't arrive to an agreement then we should contact another mod, or a respected community member to help us decide.

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?

I like to review the first questions queue. Help new users to make a good question, trying to understand their problem, or pointing the an existing answer.

  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

I found the Ethereum community to be amazing. It was always very welcoming to new members.

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

The best strategy would be to block them. Spammers, hostile users usually aren't willing to change, they want to cause disruption and annoyance, and listening to them is a waste of time. Perhaps give them a warning if they are active members.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

A moderator's job should be to enable a better communication between members of the community.

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

It is a responsibility, but it is a learning process and we've our own flaws. Perhaps my user will be a little different, but I'm the same person. My behavior will not change I'll try to help new users and answer technical questions.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

It will help me provide better help to new users.

Achala Dissanayake

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

I would try to understand the reasons for his behaviour and explain to him and get him to the correct course in all possible ways. If nothing works, I would consult with other mods if they are available. If worse comes to worst I would consider the penalty box.

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

I would contact the other mod and have a discussion and understand his points and explain my points in a pleasant manner. If we still could not come to a conclusion, ask for other mods opinion and comes to a decision that the majority agree with.

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?

As I have mentioned above, I'm the top reviewer of all 6 review queues at the time of writing. And I enjoyed every task that helped to improve Ethereum Stack Exchange.

  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

When I first started learning Solidity and Ethereum basics, posts on Ethereum Stack Exchange helped me a lot and I'm still learning a lot of things from the Q n A posted here. So I feel responsible and motivated to contribute in every possible way whether it's answering, reviewing, editing or anything.

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

I would first check the user's contribution to the site in other ways including Q n A. If the user has been contributing in a considerable way I would follow the same way that I have mentioned in the answer to question 1. Otherwise consider account suspension if the user keeps behaving in the same way.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

In the StackExchange community moderation is the key to keep the sites neat and clean, where all the members participate in the ways they are allowed depending on their reputation levels. Diamond moderators guide the community and have the ability to handle flags and extreme cases etc. allowing all the members to get the best of the site

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

It feels responsible. I have been responsible as a community member to my best during the period I have been active. As I feel and hope any of my past activities is not a disgrace to the moderatorship. I hope to continue my behaviour in the same way. And I will try my best to use the mod privileges in a responsible and fair manner to the community.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

This something I have searched earlier on meta sites and I have already read the posts

The additional privileges will definitely help me to participate more actively in moderation.

William Entriken

Questionnaire
  1. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

Nothing. Unless comments violate policy. I've seen many comments flagged as -1 disagree and therefore deserve no action.

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

Leave a comment

  1. Is there any particular work, review queues, questions, answers, edits, or moderating on Ethereum Stack Exchange that you are especially proud of or take pleasure in?

All of it https://ethereum.stackexchange.com/users/26015/william-entriken?tab=answers

  1. What keeps you motivated and coming and contributing to the Ethereum Stack Exchange?

Because it connects me to people that are using software that I wrote. And it helps me learn.

  1. In your opinion, What would be the best strategy to deal with Spammers and hostile users? What would you do against someone who keeps posting comments like: "Are you dumb, use google before posting here". ?

Too hypothetical, nobody posts that here. I am more concerned with low quality questions that are too specific, like "do my homework" questions.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Intervene rarely, if ever.

  1. A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

See my SO profile and GitHub account. I'm already okay with that.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

"Being effective" isn't my goal, this isn't a paid job. I'm more concerned with connecting, and learning.

This election is over.