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Candidate: SamGibson Moderation takes time, and dedication. How much time do you plan on setting aside for moderation, what is your expectations for moderating, what time zone do you live in? I appreciate all the time spent by moderators, and other users, keeping this site what it is - a structured Q & A site, and not a free-for-all forum. Forums aren'...


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Welcome to the moderation team, I think Sam will do a good job. It will also be great to have a moderator in the UK time zone.


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Voltage Spike's Responses: If you look at the front page and see a question from a new user that clearly cannot be satisfactorily answered in its current form without additional information would you instantly close it or leave it be for a while? Can you explain why you'd take that particular course of action? If the question needs a little ...


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Congrats and welcome Sam. :) Please don't migrate questions off without consideration base on simple keywords or a hatred of noobs or arduino ;)


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One thing you might not be aware of by the sounds of it is that moderators aren't re-elected. The only ways I know of that a moderator will lose their status is: They resign. They are fairly inactive for a long time. Stack Exchange removes them for egregious behavior or violating the moderator agreement. Otherwise it's a lifetime appointment. Having said ...


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I don't see any real compelling reason to rush. I'm looking at the recently closed list, and many of the moderator-closed questions are duplicates. If the person who has enough drive to go dig up the appropriate dup happens to be a moderator, I can live with that, and in fact, thank them for doing the tedious part of the job that they signed on to do. ...


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I would consider it despite some doubt that I'd get elected, having lost in both of the other EE.SE moderator elections that I ran in. (I have the T-shirts to prove it if you don't want to dig into the Meta history) Also, would you have asked me a month ago, my answer would have been a solid 'no' given SE Inc's recent conduct: The Monica situation Firing ...


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Moderation is a lifetime office because moderators sometimes have to be very unpopular people in order to do their job correctly. We don't want the threat of losing their position to influence the actions thet feel that they need to take. That's a pretty wild direction to go in, because shouldn't moderators also be accountable to a series of poor decisions?...


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Currently we don't really need more mods, as flags' handling is not a big issue. We have an average of about 2 hours before a flag is handled, and the queue is more often empty than full. I have to add that Dave, W5VO and Nick are handling the great majority of the flags, and if one of them were to go inactive we would soon need to replace him. What could ...


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Good luck to the new fellows! May the diamond be with you!


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If you look at the front page and see a question from a new user that clearly cannot be satisfactorily answered in its current form without additional information would you instantly close it or leave it be for a while? Can you explain why you'd take that particular course of action?


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Congratulations to Voltage Spike and Russell, we really need your help!


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Michael Karas responses: If you look at the front page and see a question from a new user that clearly cannot be satisfactorily answered in its current form without additional information would you instantly close it or leave it be for a while? Can you explain why you'd take that particular course of action? Questions that are not well formed or ...


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Last autumn was the most turbulent time the network has experienced. The SO company was controversially firing mods - ending up in court, coming up with a negatively received and heavily criticized Code of Conduct, a similarly poorly received moderator re-instatement process. There was also a sudden re-licensing of all content and several popular community ...


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How would you respond to the accusation that our site is unfriendly towards "newbies"? Do you consider it a real problem? If so, what steps are you prepared to take to curb any perceived unfriendlyness?


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As a Brit myself, great to have a mod in this time zone, plus, I vividly remember SamGibson going out of his way to help me with an issue I had, and I know personally another user I went to college with that they have also helped out, once again way beyond the help expected so with that kind of approach and willingness to really help, I think you will make a ...


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According to the FAQ Arduino is explicitly on topic on EE.SE: which include electronics, physical computing, and those working with microcontrollers, Arduinos and embedded systems. But there is also Arduino.SE in Beta. What characteristics in a question on EE.SE would make you decide to: migrate an Arduino related question or leave it on EE.SE close an ...


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(Duplicated from the SO questions for moderators as I feel it is an important and applicable one here.) As a moderator, your votes become binding. Actions you used to take like flagging, closing, and deleting will take effect immediately without any input from any other users or moderators. How will you adapt the way you currently flag and vote to deal with ...


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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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I would like to further serve the SE.EE community, put my name up for nomination.


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If a large part of the community disagrees with a particular action you took (migration, closing, ...), but you still feel, deep in your heart, that you made the right decision, how are you going to address this? Corollary: If the community clearly says (e.g. by a poll on meta with a clear vote result) that it wants to interpret some rules differently than ...


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Sometimes, a new user doesn't understand how the site works. They will ask questions that are off-topic, they ask for product recommendations, their posts don't have enough information to be answerable, etc. They will keep asking questions, not stopping to ask why their posts were closed, and will quickly accumulate multiple closed questions. Assuming the ...


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Sometimes, a new user doesn't understand how the site works. They will ask questions that are off-topic, they ask for product recommendations, their posts don't have enough information to be answerable, etc. They will keep asking questions, not stopping to ask why their posts were closed, and will quickly accumulate multiple closed questions. Assuming the ...


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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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How do you plan on working with existing moderators and the community to make EE.SE a better place? What are things you think need to change or stay the same?


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Is there a particular issue or problem on the site that, as a moderator, you believe you can address? What is it and what steps would you take to resolve it?


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If you had the ability, is there anything in the site that you would change? How would the mod privileges help you in that?


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Sometimes, a new user doesn't understand how the site works. They will ask questions that are off-topic, they ask for product recommendations, their posts don't have enough information to be answerable, etc. They will keep asking questions, not stopping to ask why their posts were closed, and will quickly accumulate multiple closed questions. Assuming the ...


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Sometimes, a new user doesn't understand how the site works. They will ask questions that are off-topic, they ask for product recommendations, their posts don't have enough information to be answerable, etc. They will keep asking questions, not stopping to ask why their posts were closed, and will quickly accumulate multiple closed questions. Assuming the ...


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I'm posting this to try to assess the community members' willingness to step up and nominate themselves, when the actual election's nomination period starts. Please leave an answer if you'd be willing to run for a moderator position, should we decide to run an election. Yes, I would be willing to step-up and nominate myself for members to vote on as a ...


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