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2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Oct 10, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Oct 17, 2023 at 20:00
election ended
Oct 25, 2023 at 20:00
candidates
2
positions
1

On Stack Exchange, we believe the main 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. What is your criteria for upvoting a question? What is your criteria for downvoting?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. As a moderator of the Bitcoin Stack Exchange site, what would you do to improve engagement on the site?

[Answer 4 here]

  1. What is your opinion around comments remaining on questions and answers after they become somewhat stale? What do you consider "somewhat stale" to mean?

[Answer 5 here]

  1. As a moderator, how would you approach a poorly phrased question that asks an interesting question?

[Answer 6 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 7 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 8 here]

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

[Answer 9 here]

Hannah Vernon

Since I'm an existing moderator on a Stack Exchange site I feel I can bring experience and balance to the Bitcoin.se site.

As a past ASIC miner, I understand a fair amount about the bitcoin ecosystem.

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 engage the user through direct moderator communication either in private chat or direct message, to assure the user they are valued and to provide guidance how they can improve their contributions for their benefit and the benefit of other site visitors.

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

I would directly engage the other moderators to determine the best route forward. I respect the existing moderator team and believe they do a great job, but no one is perfect, including me.

  1. What are your criteria for upvoting a question? What are your criteria for downvoting?

Good questions are ones with broad appeal that ask an unasked or unanswered question, that is on-topic for the site, and fits the Q&A format.

I tend to downvote questions when they are off-topic, or show a lack of attempting to understand the problem at some level.

  1. As a moderator of the Bitcoin Stack Exchange site, what would you do to improve engagement on the site?

Improving engagement comes through ensuring fair and equitable treatment of questions and answers, and guidance towards helpful use of the site.

  1. What is your opinion around comments remaining on questions and answers after they become somewhat stale? What do you consider "somewhat stale" to mean?

Comments muddy the waters of well-answered questions, and as such they should be cleaned up, either by incorporating them into the question or an answer. My ethos is to delete comments once they have outlived their usefulness; keeping the site tidy.

  1. As a moderator, how would you approach a poorly phrased question that asks an interesting question?

I would provide guidance around how to improve the question, typically by a combination of asking for clarification in comments, and editing the question itself.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderation consists of ensuring the site is clean, useful, and respectful, through a combination of editing, answering, and usage guidance.

  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 try to ensure my contributions could be written in stone for eternity, and as such I always interact with others in good faith.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

Moderator tools would allow me better access to keeping the site free of clutter, spam, and low quality content.

Greg Tonoski - I would make a good moderator becuase I am interested in advancing Bitcoin and I gained experience in using it and talking to other users.

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 point their attention to both the valuable answers and arguments/flags to reconsider differences and remind consequences.

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

I would ask the mod for their reasons and reevaluate.

  1. What is your criteria for upvoting a question? What is your criteria for downvoting?

Criteria for upvoting a question: pinpoints a specific subtopic of Bitcoin.

Criteria for downvoting: unrelated to Bitcoin, manipulative, not based on evidence.

  1. As a moderator of the Bitcoin Stack Exchange site, what would you do to improve engagement on the site?

Fast response, organize information, solicit candid and respectful dialogue.

  1. What is your opinion around comments remaining on questions and answers after they become somewhat stale? What do you consider "somewhat stale" to mean?

I think that the each converstation is unique and so crietira for "somewhat stale". I would suggest individual approach to each of them.

  1. As a moderator, how would you approach a poorly phrased question that asks an interesting question?

I would ask author to rephrase.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Organize information, care for form and quality of converstation.

  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 don't feel anything new about it.

  1. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?

I think that being a moderator will not make me more effective. Those who seek information will be more effective using the Bitcoin StackExchange after it is moderated.

This election is over.