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Congratulations to tpg2114 and Chris! Good to see that some people's fears of one of you not winning can be allayed! Also, a BIG THANKS to Manish for helping moderate this site! Wish you the best going forwards!


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tpg2114's questionnaire answers: (Side note -- thanks to ACuriousMind's post for being the first and setting a format) How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? I understand such users can, in mild ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)?


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A good moderator will be someone who does the behind-the-scenes tasks like editing, flagging, and leaving helpful comments, even when it gets in the way of answering. A good moderator knows the community well enough to know who is knowledgeable and who isn't, and use the former people's comments (along with input from other moderators) to guide decisions. ...


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Congratulations to both new moderators! You'll both be a fabulous addition to the moderator team. Thank you so much for volunteering.


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community. I think the biggest challenge is sorting out what is and is not within the scope of the site. Physics is, in some sense, all encompassing and so we still don't always have clear lines for what is or is not on topic. Engineering, scientific computing, and math questions always seem to ...


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Meta participation and flag counts are there for informational purposes. Believe it or not, moderating a Q&A site on The Internet is not a particularly glamorous job. You don't get money for nothing, or chicks for free. You might get a branded Sharpie. You'll probably get insulted by folks who don't see 90% of what you do and think you're hanging ...


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community.


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For some moderator actions, the current mods wait for a consensus from the whole group before taking the action. We have varying preferences about when to do this and when to just take action directly without checking with others. Which mod actions would you wait for consensus on, and which ones would you just do without checking? If you're not sure about a ...


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Jim's questionnaire answers How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? That really depends on the specifics of the situation? Is the user trying their best? Are they a form of technically proficient ...


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I have deleted a few comments, including a conversation about wrongly used close votes. As a relative outsider (who nevertheless has enough reputation to vote), those comments did not help me understand the issues and concerns with the nomination they were attached to. Comments are a poor substitute for a meta question where arguments may be laid out without ...


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I guess if you wanted to create a place for negative comments, you would have to also create a place for positive comments. Anyone can run for this - I even considered it. You do not need to be a specialist in your field to be a moderator. You simply need to: be able to listen support the wider community (not necessarily a vocal individual) take actions ...


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Am I allowed to post data from the results here? I thought I might save other people some time. The following is a total count of the number of votes cast for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for each candidate. 1 2 3 all Chris Gerig 9 15 25 49 Qmechanic 134 38 11 183 Manishearth 23 79 28 130 user1504 ...


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A somewhat obvious question that should be asked is: How much time do you expect you can commit to moderating the site? (A couple hours a month? Ten hours a week? Ten hours a day? Take a good guess) Also, do you anticipate any reason why that amount of time would significantly decrease in the future? I think its important that we can rely on the moderator ...


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Describe the current challenges specific to the PhysicsSE community. Physics is a discipline with many reluctant students, and so we get a flood of low-quality homework questions, which take a significant amount of time to remove and end up diluting the quality of the front page. There are also issues with marginally on-topic questions making it to HNQ and ...


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If you think a moderator is out of line use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page to explain your position to the team. Moderators have been removed in the past. Other moderators can ask to have a colleague removed. This is the officially sanctioned process for "normal" removal of a moderator. Beta site get pro tem moderators appointed by the ...


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There are several ways to express your opinion of a specific candidate. The first one you missed, it happens during the nomination period where every Physics user can comment on the nomination. The second major opportunity to critically examine the candidates is during the townhall meeting, which takes place in a few hours. Of course not everyone can attend,...


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Indeed, congratulations to the two new moderators! I had a suspicion that this is exactly how it would turn out. Makes all the drama seem rather silly in the end. ;) I think the community made the perfectly correct choices in this, and I am very happy with the final result.


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? In the first place, I'd trust the community systems to sort things out. Physics.SE doesn't (so far) have issues with controversial high-vote, zero-score answers. ...


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How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? Since it is not explicitly stated otherwise, I assume the user is not violating any current rules and thus, the question should be instead How would you deal ...


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My sincere congratulations to ACM and rob and I second heather's thank you for volunteering your time.


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As Jim, the High King, I officially recognize your meritorious service to the Jimdom. Furthermore, in light of the training, popular approval, and special services rendered to the King (specifically, stepping up to do the job that I really didn't want to have to do) I bestow on you the highest honours that I can. As of this day, I dub thee Sir rob and Sir [...


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Your Phys.SE community needs you.


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Why so many moderators? Normally, the first election on a site is for three moderators. Elected moderators aren't replaced unless they don't want to be moderators anymore (or, rarely, violate the moderator agreement or just stop showing up for whatever reason). So subsequent elections need only add enough new moderators to handle increasing demand for ...


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ACuriousMind's questionnaire answers How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of answers with mixed or negative scores, but still manages to get thousands of rep (because upvotes count much more than downvotes)? While I am rather dismayed that it is possible that this happens, I don't think this is a problem that can or should be ...


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Can you highlight some of your posts on Meta that have been received poorly, and describe what information you've gleaned as a result of those discussions/experiences. If you have no such poorly received questions, consider a case where your answer has a highly scored competing/contrary answer to your own. (Originally asked here)


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I suspect there may be a lot of people self-selecting themselves out of running because they think that they don't quite have enough experience with the community moderation ─ in a large cohort of users that I think are perfectly qualified. I, for one, feel that there are a lot of users in, say, the 5k - 15k rep bracket, and with, say, about one to three ...


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I was in a similar position during the time of the Chemistry pro tem moderator appointments. I clearly stated my unease with not having more than an advanced high-school level understanding of Chemistry, and I was told (repeatedly) that it wouldn't matter much. As far as my experience moderating Chem goes, not being familiar with the ins and outs of Chem ...


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