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Jeff Schaller A common issue with volunteer posts like moderators is for the volunteer to simply not have enough time to devote to his or her mod duties. This isn't a theoretical question. It's not restricted to SE, either. It's a common issue with volunteer work. And I've seen situations in SE (and indeed elsewhere) where most of the work fell to a ...


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Kusalananda A common issue with volunteer posts like moderators is for the volunteer to simply not have enough time to devote to his or her mod duties. This isn't a theoretical question. It's not restricted to SE, either. It's a common issue with volunteer work. And I've seen situations in SE (and indeed elsewhere) where most of the work fell to a ...


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Welcome aboard guys! I only hope you won't regret it! >:)


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Moderators do not have a fixed term. They remain moderators until they choose to step away. Therefore moderator elections are only held when moderators have left, or when a site has grown so that more moderators are needed. The 3 moderators elected in 2011 are still active, and while the site has grown, it is a remarkably drama-free site for Stack Exchange, ...


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Thank you to everyone that considered nominating themselves, as well to Arcabard, cnst, ilkkachu, and Kusalananda who decided to actually put themselves up for consideration. I said it in the chat for this election -- and I believe it in general -- that having a variety of choices leads to a better outcome. Special congratulations to Kusalananda who (...


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It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&L should improve? If this is something ...


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ilkkachu A common issue with volunteer posts like moderators is for the volunteer to simply not have enough time to devote to his or her mod duties. This isn't a theoretical question. It's not restricted to SE, either. It's a common issue with volunteer work. And I've seen situations in SE (and indeed elsewhere) where most of the work fell to a subset ...


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terdon ⇘ It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&L should improve? If ...


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slm ⇘ It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&L should improve? If this is ...


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derobert ⇘ Answer Rate, Are We Welcoming? It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&...


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As far as I know, there is no official Stack Exchange policy about this, so this seems like a reasonable question to ask. A common issue with volunteer posts like moderators is for the volunteer to simply not have enough time to devote to his or her mod duties. In that case, there are at least a couple of ways to go. (I can't think of any other alternatives,...


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Do you have any visions or plans to enhance the U&L community? Specifically around community guidelines such as welcoming new users, as slm commented in their answer at "What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?", but it could be around voting or tags or any other area where you see room for improvement.


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In which time-zone do you normally operate? And, in UTC, what hours of the day can you be expected to be available for moderation?¹ ¹ This question is prompted by my impression that any delayed response/action by moderators up until now (if any), was the result of the unfortunate clustering of the moderators in a small band of time-zones.


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While it says on the tin, at the Stack Overflow blog: A Theory of Moderation, that the moderators should do as little as possible, we're having an election because the site has "grown and it would be nice to have a larger team" (paraphrasing terdon from chat), so I assume that there'll be moderator tasks for you to do. If you plan on spending about the same ...


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As slm mentions, we don't typically run elections unless needed. Elections are triggered when either: we need to replace a moderator, or the workload increases enough that the moderator team needs help. Unix.SE is blessed with: three committed moderators, and an exceptionally quiet site in terms of flags. So there's really no plans to run another ...


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Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8). How ...


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Have you ever identified questions from people attempting to cheat on school/university tests or coursework? What actions did you take? What actions do you think should be taken? How would having the extra voting weight of being a diamond moderator influence your actions in such circumstances? Context Should commonly posted duplicate homework questions ...


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John WH Smith Good evening everyone, and here is my modest attempt at this questionnaire following my nomination tonight. A common issue with volunteer posts like moderators is for the volunteer to simply not have enough time to devote to his or her mod duties. This isn't a theoretical question. It's not restricted to SE, either. It's a common issue ...


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Kevin ⇘ It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&L should improve? ...


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Caleb ⇘ It is my impression that U&L regulars tend to consider the site to be fairly high-quality and welcoming. Yet U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted answers. And not everyone shares this impression of being welcomed. What are the major areas in which U&L should improve? If this is ...


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How do you feel about one line answers which only feature a single piece of code? Something like: cat /etc/host.conf


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As Stack Exchange sites go, let alone communities on the Internet in general, U&L is pretty low on strife. This might be surprising considering how people will go to war over editor choices, init systems or kernel design. Why do you think that is, and most importantly, how would you cope if this changed?


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The current moderators are listed at https://unix.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators and they were elected during the previous election (see https://unix.stackexchange.com/election/1). As you see in the Community Bulletin, mattdm is stepping down. You can only nominate yourself to run; that's actually fairly common in nominations for elected office. ...


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What is your view of help vampirism? Is it an existential threat to the community, or just another term for the elite to use to exclude newcomers? How would you translate this view into your moderation practice?


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How will you participate in closing & deleting? As a moderator, the action of closing a question, opening a closed one, deleting an answer, etc, takes immediate effect, and does not require consensus from multiple users. How will this affect your closing & deleting behavior? Will you: Close questions just as you normally would cast a vote? Close if ...


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I've seen no evidence that we need more. Is there something specific that wasn't addressed in Why was there no election since 2011?? A few months ago we had a troll incident that was handled very well, IMO, and other than that the site has been very quiet otherwise. We still have the 3 mods and they're very active within the site, again just my opinion. ...


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Given that a diamond moderator can close a question with a single vote, how will you be construing the "Request for learning materials" closure reason? (We already know the view of one current diamond moderator, per answers to "Are we abusing "Request for learning materials" as a reason to close?".)


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On some other StackExchange WWW sites, question comments and answer comments are regularly deleted by diamond moderators for straying from the purpose of clarifying/improving the relevant question or answer. On Politics, for example, diamond moderators regularly step in when comments are abused to argue people's personal political opinions (example). Does ...


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What would you do with "GIV' ME TEH CODEZ" kind of questions? Close them, edit them, anything else?


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There's a blue box on the right side of the election page that explains the phase you're currently looking at; it also explains how long that phase lasts. A quick summary: Nomination is 7 days of anyone with 300 rep entering their name as a candidate, including a short introduction. Anyone can comment on the nominations Primary is 4 days of up/down voting ...


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