2020 Moderator Election

nomination began
May 18, 2020 at 20:00
election began
May 25, 2020 at 20:00
election ended
Jun 2, 2020 at 20:00
candidates
7
positions
2

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

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!

I would like to nominate myself for moderator. My rep may not be 5 figured... but I have been around long enough to get the feeling of what belongs and what does not. As well as the general ambiance of the site.

I care deeply about this site, as I believe it is one of the great resources on the internet for electronic knowledge. Many times Google has guided me here, and it always answers.

I think if you look at some of my comments in the past I have been occasionally sarcastic, funny, conversation in comments enticing... I believe as a moderator I would have to keep a more even keel, especially to new comers and questions of "questionable nature" to set an example of expected behavior, and help guide the culture to one of learning and inquisitiveness.

That being said, I also have no issues bringing down the hammer on the millionth how do I use Digikey to find a part question, or how do I fix my remote control. At some point the value of this site must be maintained by clearing out questions that are frankly... A poor question.

I should also be honest, I have a family, and while I enjoy the site, I would probably have 30 minutes a few times a week for true moderation.

I am throwing my hat into the circle for this moderator position because I truly love and believe in the mission of this site. While only being a member of this site for going on eight years Electrical Engineering has been my professional career for over fourty-five years. So my range of experience in this area has been broad and I've seen or had direct experience with many of the subjects brought here via questions.

I have had moderation experience at the Stack Exchange Home Improvement site as a current moderator so I fully understand what the role is all about and the time commitment it takes to effectively execute to the needs of the site.

I believe that as a moderator I can still participate in the site answering questions and adding comments to get clarifications where necessary. So if I am elected as a moderator on Electrical Engineering do not expect to see me disappear behind the diamond.

I would welcome any questions you may want to direct my way regarding why I would want to be representing this site as a moderator.

See my answers to the questionnaire here.

Hat into the ring! Here's some things about me that might be useful to know.

  • I'm an SO old hand.

I've been around SO since the beginning and know what makes it work smoothly. A light touch and trusting members have been good moderation strategies for a long time and I won't mess with that.

  • I will hold myself to a low-touch moderation standard.

Nobody likes a push moderation, and I won't be one.

  • I keep a tidy workshop, and will help keep EESE tidy.

Spammers, trolls and off-topic questioners all leave messes that need to be cleaned up. I'm by nature a tidy person and am happy to help clean things up.

  • I don't have a lot of ego about my EE knowledge.

I've been helped immensely by the really smart people who participate here, and I trust these smart people to come up with good answers. I won't get in anybody's way while they're going through the process of building community knowledge.

In short, EESE doesn't have to be perfect in order to be useful, and neither do the community members. I'll do my best to help make the site useful for everyone.

more here: 2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

I believe that "Moderation is a key to smooth flow of a system and its activities." It is a necessity to place regular checks and raise concerns where appropriate, in order to sync the platform back in place. Undoubtedly, users and experts do make the SE platform flowing and active through their questions, discussions, insights and answers. To keep this alive, the flow has to be moderated and maintained from time to time.

I truly appreciate the existence of this platform where anyone can share knowledge and experience, thereby providing appropriate guidance to fellows.

I am glad to be a part of this community where I can post a question, get clarifications and answer other's queries. I have experience in EE and would like to take a step forward as also being a moderator who can further learn from more experienced fellow moderators.

I've answered just under 3000 questions - I continue to do so, but over time I've somewhat moved my focus toward providing guidance in comments, editing questions that can easily be greatly improved, and attempting to assist newcomers to get the feel of the site and of what is required to both survive here and to produce acceptable quality questions. Some have criticised my approach - seeing me as tending to tolerate or even encourage low quality questions. That is certainly not my intention and, I believe, not at all what my interactions cause overall. My strong desire has been to see newcomers encouraged, to lead them towards the desired way of using the site and, importantly, to give them some "breathing space" to improve poor questions. I see far too many newcomers' treated in such a way that they never return to the site.

I have spent considerable time and effort in both formal and informal moderation activities. Queue clearance happens but does not rate high on my priority list. Keeping people out of the queues does.

I have 50+ years experience in electrical engineering - and a strong desire to encourage others to get as much out of it as I have.

I would like to be nominated for the election. I will shows respect for my fellow community members in their actions and words. I will help the community be kept on track and resolve uncommon disputes and exceptions.

I think the EE.SE community is great, what makes it great is the users and experts that hang around this site and answer questions. I think EE.SE should be a welcoming place, but also a place where quality is maintained through a well thought out moderation system. (which isn't perfect but probably one of the best).

I think that quality can be maintained in most cases by giving people second chances and teaching them how to use the site. At the same time, the guidelines of the site should be enforced to some extent to keep generating a good repository of questions and answers.

The main reason I would like to be a community moderator is I like moderation, through the years I have already spent a few hours a week moderating and that can be seen in the review ques stats. I also have a good flag record.

This election is over.