2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Mar 7, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Mar 21, 2023 at 20:00
election cancelled
Mar 21, 2023 at 20:00
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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

Full elections have three phases and an optional fourth phase (Primary):

  1. Question Collection
  2. Nomination
  3. Primary
  4. 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. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 3 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 4 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 5 here]

  1. How do you intend to motivate people to accept answers to questions?

    There are many posts with answers that are likely correct but the OP has not accepted any of them.

[Answer 6 here]

Anand N S

I am Principal Solutions Consultant Enterprise Pre-Sales EMEA at RWS .

I would like to be a moderator because , I have been using Tridion Content Management system for many years with different capacity.

I have been active in the community, blogs and stack exchange for many year. Please find the details

 Stack Exchange à https://tridion.stackexchange.com/users/401/anand-ns

Blogs à https://nsanand.com/blog/

SDL Community à https://community.sdl.com/members/anandsarangapani

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 approach the situation with patience and understanding while also taking appropriate action to maintain a positive and productive community.

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

I would approach the situation with professionalism, respect, and an open mind, while also upholding the community guidelines and rules. It's essential to work collaboratively with other moderators to maintain a positive and productive community.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are responsible for maintaining the quality and productivity of an online 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?

having a diamond attached to my profile would mean that I need to be more mindful of my words and actions and ensure that I am serving the community to the best of my ability.

  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 feel more responsible and make sure we have a strong community and share more information.

  1. How do you intend to motivate people to accept answers to questions?

    There are many posts with answers that are likely correct but the OP has not accepted any of them.

I will create more bounty special reputation make them motivated and reward them to be part of the community.

Marko Milic

I have been an active member for years now. I try to be fair and encourage people to post questions and answers. I am also knowledgeable in my area. I have been Tridion Sites MVP for 5 years in a row, have a great history in community contribution, and love to help people on SE.

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?

FIrst i need to investigate why this is the case. Then I would try to warn him and discuss the situation with him. If that does not succeed, I would discuss with other moderators what to do. After all, Its best to get a second opinion.

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

First I would ask him why that is the case, cause I don't know the whole background. If he is sure about it, I will respect his opinion even though I do not think it is correct.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are there to give judgment when the community itself cannot, or is unable to. They have higher levels of power to affect the community, and this is something that should not be treated lightly.

  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?

That is great. I am proud of the questions i asked and provided answers to.

  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?

Because sometimes moderators are just needed. I think tridion community requires one more moderator and i think i will be a good fit. I don't think ill be more effective, i just think that my voice will be more valuable when providing insights.

  1. How do you intend to motivate people to accept answers to questions?

    There are many posts with answers that are likely correct but the OP has not accepted any of them.

Simply by asking them to do so. What i have seen so far, in most cases that is what someone does when asked explicitly. I lead by example, so I do that in most cases, ill try to keep an eye on unanswered questions, give few nudges, and if that does not help, i can always ship candies as rewards from Serbia.

Velmurugan Arjunan

I am writing to express my interest in becoming a moderator for this community. As a Principal Solutions Architect at RWS, I have extensive experience in Tridion Sites and Docs, problem-solving, strategic planning, and project management. I believe that these skills would make me an asset to the moderation team and enable me to contribute positively to the community.

As a frequent user of this community, I have come to appreciate its value as a platform for learning, sharing knowledge, and building relationships. I am passionate about helping others, and I believe that becoming a moderator would allow me to further contribute to the community by ensuring that it remains a safe and respectful space for everyone.

I would be committed to community guidelines and policies, promoting positive interactions among members, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity. I would also be dedicated to resolving conflicts and addressing issues. Overall, I believe that my professional experience, passion for helping others, and commitment to community values make me an excellent candidate for the role of moderator.

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?

Here is my answer on how to handle a situation:

  1. Communicate with the user: Reach out to the user and politely inform them about the situation. Let them know that their answers are valuable, but their comments are causing concerns among other users. Encourage them to provide constructive feedback instead of arguments or flags.

  2. Set clear guidelines: Make sure that you have clear guidelines for commenting and flagging content. This will help the user understand what is acceptable and what is not. Ensure that the guidelines are readily available to all users.

  3. Moderate comments: If the user continues to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments, consider moderating their comments. You can either manually approve their comments before they are posted or restrict their commenting privileges until they comply with the guidelines.

  4. Give warnings and consequences: If the user continues to disregard the guidelines, provide them with a warning and explain the consequences of their behavior. You may need to temporarily suspend their account or permanently ban them from the platform.

Overall, it's important to balance the value of the user's answers with the negative impact of their comments. Open communication, clear guidelines, and consistent moderation are key to addressing this situation.

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

Here is my answer on how to handle a situation:

  1. Review the situation: Carefully review the question and the reasons provided by the other moderator for closing or deleting the question. Make sure you understand the reasons behind their decision.

  2. Communicate with the other moderator: Reach out to the other moderator and politely explain why you disagree with their decision. Try to have a constructive conversation and find a way to come to an agreement on how to handle the situation.

  3. Seek input from other moderators: If you're unable to come to an agreement with the other moderator, consider seeking input from other moderators. Discuss the situation with them and see if they agree with your position or the other moderator's position.

  4. Appeal to the community: If you believe that the other moderator's decision is not in the best interest of the community, you can appeal to the community. Make sure to provide a clear explanation of why you believe the question should not have been closed or deleted and seek input from the community on how to handle the situation.

  5. Follow established guidelines: Finally, make sure that any decisions you make are in accordance with the community's established guidelines and policies. Always act in the best interest of the community and strive to maintain a fair and respectful environment for all users.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators are responsible for maintaining a positive and productive environment within an online community. Their primary role is to ensure that users are following the community's guidelines and policies and to take appropriate action when necessary.

Some of the key responsibilities of moderators include:

  1. Enforcing community guidelines: Moderators are responsible for ensuring that all users are following the community's guidelines and policies. This can include removing content that violates the guidelines, warning users who violate the guidelines, or even banning users who repeatedly break the rules.

  2. Facilitating discussions: Moderators are responsible for facilitating productive discussions within the community. This can include moderating comments and ensuring that discussions remain civil and respectful.

  3. Responding to user inquiries: Moderators are responsible for responding to user inquiries and addressing any concerns that users may have. This can include answering questions about the community's guidelines, policies, or platform features.

  4. Monitoring content: Moderators are responsible for monitoring the content that is posted within the community. They may need to review and approve posts before they are published or remove content that violates the guidelines.

  5. Engaging with the community: Moderators are responsible for engaging with the community and helping to foster a positive and productive environment. This can include participating in discussions, providing feedback to users, and encouraging community members to participate in the community.

Overall, moderators play an important role in maintaining a healthy and productive online community. They are responsible for ensuring that all users are following the guidelines and policies of the community, facilitating productive discussions, and creating a positive environment for all users.

  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?

Since my purpose is to provide useful and accurate information to users, having a diamond attached to my responses would simply indicate that my responses are trustworthy and reliable. It would be a way to signal to users that they can rely on the information I provide.

In summary, while having a diamond attached to my responses may signal to users that my responses are trustworthy and reliable, it would not affect the objective and impartial nature of my programming.

  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?

Here are some of these benefits I feel:

  1. Increased visibility: As a moderator, a user will have increased visibility within the community. This can help to establish them as a respected member of the community and make it easier to identify and address potential issues.

  2. Authority: As a moderator, a user has the authority to enforce community guidelines and policies. This can help to maintain order within the community and ensure that all users are following the rules.

  3. Access to additional tools: Moderators have access to additional tools that can help them to effectively moderate the community. These tools can include the ability to delete or edit content, ban users, and approve or reject posts.

  4. Training and support: Many online communities provide training and support for moderators to help them effectively carry out their duties. This can include training on how to handle difficult situations, as well as access to support from other moderators and community leaders.

Overall, while reaching a high reputation or becoming a trusted user is a significant achievement, being a moderator provides additional benefits that can make a user more effective in maintaining a positive and productive environment.

  1. How do you intend to motivate people to accept answers to questions?

    There are many posts with answers that are likely correct but the OP has not accepted any of them.

I can provide some suggestions on how moderators and other community members can encourage users to accept answers to their questions.

  1. Remind users of the benefits of accepting answers: One way to motivate users to accept answers is to remind them of the benefits of doing so. Accepting an answer not only provides closure to the question but also helps future readers who may have the same question find the answer they are looking for more easily.

  2. Educate users on how to accept answers: Some users may not know how to accept an answer to their question. Moderators and community members can provide clear instructions on how to do so, including screenshots and step-by-step guides if necessary.

  3. Encourage a culture of acceptance: Encouraging a culture of acceptance within the community can help to normalize the practice of accepting answers. This can be done by highlighting the importance of accepting answers in community guidelines, featuring accepted answers in community highlights, and recognizing users who frequently accept answers.

  4. Use incentives: Incentivizing users to accept answers can also be effective. This can be done by offering badges, reputation points, or other rewards for users who consistently accept answers to their questions.

Overall, motivating users to accept answers to their questions requires a combination of education, encouragement, and incentives. By emphasizing the importance of accepting answers, providing clear instructions on how to do so, and creating a culture of acceptance within the community, moderators and other community members can help to motivate users to accept answers and improve the overall quality of the community.

This election is over.