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I am very happy to have succeeded in joining the current team of moderators. I am very grateful towards anyone that has supported me and I wish to carry on a good job as a moderator. Love you all!


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Let me just post in an answer what several other people have already said in their comments. The work of moderator is, clearly, not easy and I can see that as a mod you probably see many unpleasant things, which users without moderator duties can easily miss. So I understand that there are rather unrewarding aspects of moderators work. I have great respect ...


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I want to use this opportunity to give my personal thanks to @arjafi. He leaves a huge void in the moderator team. Filling it up will take a long while and requires growth and learning from both the existing and the newly elected moderators. Arthur's expertise on how the site works from diamond bearers' perspective is second to none. I don't know if I'm a ...


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The author of the question flagged and requested it be migrated to Computer Science. Although such questions are also on topic here, if the author requests migration, and the question is also on-topic on the requested target, I see no reason not to oblige.


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Accepted I nominate Daniel Fischer. He is very active, above conflicts, and is quite patient in explaining how things are with the newbies. I have every confidence, based on what I have seen, that Daniel will be an excellent moderator.


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Thanks, robjohn for being so cool and knowledgeable.


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A bit about time spent moderating Jyrki mentioned +1 to the thread idea. For example it would be nice to know: How many hours does a moderator work here, say, weekly? How many hours of moderator work is required weekly? And then do the arithmetic, and get an idea how many moderators we should have so that the workload won't be too much? In short, there ...


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This is a new feature, users with a gold badge in one of the original tags of the question can close as duplicate with a single vote. The rationale being that a user that answered that many questions in this tag is likely to know very well all the possible duplicate targets. This also goes for reopening, so you are also able to reverse bad duplicate closures ...


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The user has declined. I nominate Martin Sleziak. He is very active, not only but also on meta, and takes upon himself various somewhat thankless tasks, like retagging and editing numerous questions (just note 6600+ edits and 1400+ on meta). So, while he also has a very respectable point count of 27k, this understates his involvement by a lot. He ...


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Thank you for this. Now would probably be a good time for me to say some things. Part of recent events involved me provoking Bill in a rash and stupid manner, and I apologize for this. I am very grateful to the SE team for resolving the situation quickly and cleaning up the mess that I had a hand in creating. One of Bill's frequent complaints about my ...


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Not only does the community not have much basis to evaluate moderator candidates, but we then must elect them for life. I think it would be helpful if moderators were initially elected to a probationary term of fairly short duration (say, 3 months). At the end of this term, the community could evaluate their work (based on either detailed or aggregate data ...


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Some quick thoughts. This answer clearly doesn't belong to this question. I am glad it was flagged, and if I had seen the flag I would have deleted the answer immediately. It is completely normal for a few users to flag much more often than the other users, in the same way that it is completely normal for a few users to post questions or answers much more ...


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Asaf has already said something like this in the comments, but I want to highlight it as an answer: If a moderator does not want to intervene, then he or she shouldn't. Declining the flag is not the same thing as not intervening. It is itself an action based on a subjective decision, not made by the community. If the flag is left to stand without action ...


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This is a poll. Please vote this answer up if you think there should be a delay between the deadline for nominations and the beginning of voting. This has been mentioned in several comments; I am posting it as an answer just so that it can be put to a vote.


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Consulting others for every decision we make would not scale, so if we are sufficiently sure of our judgement, we act without consultation. The level of certainty that is considered sufficient depends of course on the graveness of the action to be performed, a suspension for example is more likely to be discussed among the moderators than things like ...


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There are quite a few underage moderators on other SE sites, I'm not sure about the exact current number, though. This goes mostly unnoticed simply because unless you check the age field in their profiles, you generally don't notice that those mods are very young, they behave indistinguishable from the older mods. Immaturity would be an argument against a ...


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How about this as a feature request? It is certainly fine that a person have privacy if suspended. But, if they want to run for moderator, then they must surrender that privacy and it must be made known of their past suspensions, including some detail as to what happened and why they were suspended. If they don't want people to know about their ...


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Although mathematical knowledge does not make someone a good moderator, reputation does show a certain interest in and commitment to the site. It also stands to reason that a person who has had experience with the "moderator tools" that become available at 10,000 reputation will have a shorter ramp-up time as a moderator. However, that experience can come ...


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Reputation is not a good measure of future moderator success, though a minimum bar can help to sort out very new users that would not have a chance of getting elected anyway. You can have very good candidates with less than 3k reputation. I personally think that a 10k limit would be a really bad idea, the difference between a 3k and a 10k user in moderation ...


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Robert Cartaino, Director of Community Development commented on this subject some time ago: No, I don't (personally) believe all previous actions of a user should become "Moderator actions" (capitol 'M') once they gain that diamond ♦. [...] In that same vein, any official actions taken by a moderator♦ should not suddenly become un-official, should ...


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This would be most welcome. In fact I recently wrote an email to the SE team about this possibility. I think that while our community is fairly quiet - most flags are just about people who posted an answer instead of a comment, or need their accounts merged, etc. - the current number of flags is at the border of what we current moderators have time to deal ...


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I personally didn't expect to see many viable candidates nominate themselves in the first 24 hours. Granted, I also didn't expect the level of trollish nominations we're currently seeing. Right now it is probably important to try to ensure that this doesn't have a chilling effect on those serious potential candidates who are likely still mulling over whether ...


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Your question is too broad. Not only could there be enough answers to write a book on, such actually exists. (You essentially admit as much in your question.) In clear-cut cases I fail to see the reason to wait for enough 3K users to happen by the question in order for it to be put on hold. This takes time. Even with the review queues, because posts don't ...


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Being the user in question, let me give my point of view. As others say, this is not a make or break issue for me. It is a preference. If someone exhibits a great deal of moderator related skill (mitigating conflict, ability to follow policies not to one's liking, participation in all sort of ways), I would mind less about who they are. But I am using this ...


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There are currently four moderators (Qiaochu, Willie, Mariano, and myself), and the two winners of the election will be added to make a total of six.


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