2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 14, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Feb 28, 2023 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 8, 2023 at 20:00
candidates
3
positions
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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. On the SE network as a whole, there's been a surge in AI-generated posts (especially using ChatGPT). Being a site about AI, we've attracted plenty of people who think it'd be a good idea to use AI to generate posts here. Our current policy on AI-generated content is largely based on SO's and was implemented in response to the original surge of ChatGPT posts, which has slowed significantly (but not stopped). How would you handle AI-generated posts?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 4 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 5 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 6 here]

mindcrime - I was one of the early active users of this site and a strong advocate for it. My participation has tailed off not due to lack of interest in the subject or the site, but just due to competition for my time and attention. But if there is a shortage of candidates for moderator positions, I'm happy to throw in and help out.

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?

It would depend somewhat on the details, but so long as they aren't intentionally trolling or violating any site rules, I would not do much at all. If, OTOH, they were violating rules or it was apparent that they were being intentionally disruptive then it might be necessary to intervene in some fashion.

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

Well, I'd start by talking to them and making a good faith effort to reach some common ground. I'd probably appeal to a principle of "do what creates the most value for the users of the site" position. If no understanding could be achieved by just talking, then I guess the next step would be to raise the issue on meta and see what input others in the community would have.

  1. On the SE network as a whole, there's been a surge in AI-generated posts (especially using ChatGPT). Being a site about AI, we've attracted plenty of people who think it'd be a good idea to use AI to generate posts here. Our current policy on AI-generated content is largely based on SO's and was implemented in response to the original surge of ChatGPT posts, which has slowed significantly (but not stopped). How would you handle AI-generated posts?

I'm generally not in favor of people generating posts simply by copy & pasting from ChatGPT (or others) since anybody could just go ask the question of ChatGTP themselves. This seems like a very low-value / low-effort thing to do, and I think it should be discouraged in general. But unless the community enacts an outright ban on this stuff, I would not want to be too heavy handed unless the post contained factually incorrect information, or defamatory content, or something else that made it specifically a candidate for moderator action.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

As little as possible. I am pretty laissez-faire in my approach to most things, and do not generally prefer heavy-handed moderation on sites I participate in. Save the pedantry and rules lawyering for some other context.

  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's fine.

  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'm not really interested in "being effective". Again, I'm all about a light touch. I'm volunteering to help out, not trying to become Supreme Overlord of ai.se.

I'd like to throw my hat 🎩 in the ring for the moderator candidacy

I have over 2 decades of experience in AI, Machine Learning, Neuroscience and software development (mostly FED/UI/UX ), these days I do quant finance (with AI of course) to pay the bills and self funded R&D on Strong/Consciouss AI as well as writing on more mainstream AI and Software Development in general.

I am as much a student as a teacher on AI and strive for simplicity, clear explanations and humility (with a dash of humor).

I am not an expert on SO moderation but contributed with votes on issues for a little while and I understand there is a process, guidelines and tools to help with moderation which I'll do my best to follow, above all as I am also an user I'd like to be welcoming to new users, not self righteous in my dealings and help contribute to quality questions and answers.

Thank you for considering my nomination !

Keno 👋

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?

[Communicate with the user, then timed suspension if the behavior continues]

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

[I'd try to communicate my reasoning but ultimately as we are on equal footing I wouldn't press on the issue too much... unless the mods actions are beyond the pale, then I would escalate]

  1. On the SE network as a whole, there's been a surge in AI-generated posts (especially using ChatGPT). Being a site about AI, we've attracted plenty of people who think it'd be a good idea to use AI to generate posts here. Our current policy on AI-generated content is largely based on SO's and was implemented in response to the original surge of ChatGPT posts, which has slowed significantly (but not stopped). How would you handle AI-generated posts?

[I love and use ChatGPT, but I use it mostly to check grammar,spelling, punctuation and come up with outlines and starter paragraphs/code, sometimes even insights (which need to be triple checked), having said that there is a difference between using AI to help improve your question/answer or even get the answer vs using it to farm karma/rep which is what I understand SO is against and I agree, as for enforcement it's hard to tell as it is becoming increasingly hard to tell generated answers apart, but I understand SO has zero tolerance right now which goes a bit further than I would like ( a correct answer even if generated by AI should be allowed, maybe even have a special flag as I think it helps the user/community), but in any case as I mentioned I would try to abide by SO policies, while explaining why. ]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[I haven't dealt with many moderator actions in my years here, but I understand they mainly deal with flag escalation and exceptions, sort of the buck stops here, but can also guide the community by locking,protecting Qs or even banning users as well as more managerial tasks like merging tags]

  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?

[Ok I guess, I mean I'd like to think that we all said things in our past that we are not 100% proud off, but given the oportunity I'd gladly revisit them and change or add context to clarify the intention, which should never be to antagonize or be mean to someone]

  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'd like to help the field and be involved in some capacity beyond what I already do, being a moderator I think would allow me to be in the midst of it and get another angle , rep stopped being important some time ago, it's the community aspect that I'd like to be part of, at least for some time].

Statement

I have experience in leading, managing, and working with groups of people coming from different backgrounds, skills, and culture in my company. I also have quite good reputation on AI Stack Exchange (764 at the time of writing), and on Stack Overflow (2k). I believe my experience will deliver good moderation practices to the community.

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 love to then move the comments to the private chat area. Extended comments, especially with arguments/flags are not suitable for the comment section. If the users are frequently flagged, it should be also escalated to other moderators for discussion.

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

I would like to then open a discussion with a Mod and/or the community regarding this question.

  1. On the SE network as a whole, there's been a surge in AI-generated posts (especially using ChatGPT). Being a site about AI, we've attracted plenty of people who think it'd be a good idea to use AI to generate posts here. Our current policy on AI-generated content is largely based on SO's and was implemented in response to the original surge of ChatGPT posts, which has slowed significantly (but not stopped). How would you handle AI-generated posts?

I would like to do a three-step approach. First, if I know that post is AI-generated, I would add the comment to let others know that it is generated. Second, I, and others, will go ahead and validate that answer, if the expertise allows. Third, if it is good enough, I will accept that, but also mark as "generated", else I would have to raise a flag to it.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators help building a community, such as moderating appropriate comments, help new users in posting good answers and questions, flag inappropriate questions and answers when needed, etc.

  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 will have to be more careful in posting my answers and questions, as Moderators are expected to have a higher standard of communication skills.

  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?

Reaching enough Reputation is a very long process, sometimes demotivates people from actually doing that. I myself sometimes find very motivated to contribute, but not having access to moderator tools are blocking me.

This election is over.