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2023 Moderator Election

nomination began
Feb 28, 2023 at 20:00
election began
Mar 7, 2023 at 20:00
election ended
Mar 15, 2023 at 20:00
candidates
4
positions
3

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. How long have you been using Craft CMS?

[Answer 3 here]

  1. How frequently do you use Craft CMS? As a developer, or in some other role?

[Answer 4 here]

  1. Are you also active on the Craft CMS Discord channel?

[Answer 5 here]

  1. What are the most important qualities of an answer on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange, and are those qualities consistent among other product-centric communities?

[Answer 6 here]

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

[Answer 7 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 8 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 9 here]

Jalen Davenport

As a Craft CMS developer for many years now, I have had the privilege of gaining a lot of experience and knowledge in this field. My passion lies in giving back to the community by sharing my knowledge and helping others, with the hope that I can play a small part in contributing to its continued growth and success. I've also had experience as a moderator for several large developer communities on Discord, so the responsibilities of the role are nothing new to me. I believe that my expertise in Craft CMS, coupled with my ability to communicate effectively, would make me a good candidate for a moderator position on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange.

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 think this kind of situation can be a bit nuanced, but my typical approach would be to first have a private conversation with the user and thank them for their contributions to the community and encourage them to continue to contribute, but also explain how they are provoking issues and help them try to prevent that going forward. All users are expected to follow Craft's Code of Conduct, so it will definitely have a prominent place in the discussion.

Serious breaches of the Code of Conduct or an unwillingness to change behavior going forward should result in a more formal action being taken, whether that be suspension or a full-out ban. I believe suspensions should be preceded by a short discussion with the other moderators to make sure they are all on the same page, and a ban should involve a conversation between the moderators and Pixel & Tonic at some point during the process.

My goal as a moderator would be to foster a positive and inclusive community, which includes upholding the Code of Conduct to ensure everyone feels safe and is treated with respect. While a user's valuable contributions should be recognized, ultimately their behavior cannot be permitted to jeopardize the health of the community as a whole.

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

First off, I think the wrong way to handle it would be to go behind their back and reverse a decision they had previously made. I would probably reach out and chat with them to compare thoughts and see if we could come to a resolution together, and if we were still in disagreement I would let it stand as initially decided by them.

  1. How long have you been using Craft CMS?

I got my Craft CMS Slack invite (back before the Discord community was a thing) in July of 2016, so it's been almost 7 years at this point.

  1. How frequently do you use Craft CMS? As a developer, or in some other role?

I've spent the last few years working as a web developer at a small local company where I used Craft CMS daily, and just recently switched to full-time freelancing/consulting where I plan on continuing to work almost exclusively on Craft projects.

  1. Are you also active on the Craft CMS Discord channel?

I was extremely active back before I started my full-time job in 2019, and while there, my participation dropped a bit because of my time commitments to that company. Now that I'm back freelancing, I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and become an active member of the community once again.

  1. What are the most important qualities of an answer on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange, and are those qualities consistent among other product-centric communities?

In my opinion, the most important qualities are clarity and thoroughness. Obviously, an answer should be accurate and relevant, but what I occasionally see in this community is an answer with just a code snippet that provides the solution. I think a well-crafted answer (see what I did there 🙃) is one that also provides a thorough explanation of the code and the different concepts at play, as well as linking off to any relevant documentation or source code that can enable the person asking the question to do further study on their own. When someone answers with just a code snippet, I think it can be unhelpful for someone with less experience or someone who needs to tweak the snippet a bit to fit their needs, leading to potential frustration or confusion.

I think this is something consistent with all communities, where an answer is a big opportunity to help someone else really learn and understand something that you know, and sadly, that opportunity is not always seized.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

In my opinion, they function as the "janitors" of the community, doing what is often a thankless job but one that requires a deep commitment to the community and a willingness to put in the time and effort needed to keep things running smoothly.

  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?

It honestly does not affect me too much; I already strive to be respectful and act with integrity in all my communications, whether here on Stack Exchange, on Discord, or even in DMs.

  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?

If I don't become a moderator, I'll still continue to use whatever tools are available to me here on Stack Exchange as my reputation grows, as I'm already very invested in the community. However, becoming a moderator will allow me to have a bigger impact on the community in a shorter timeframe.

Leo Leoncio

Craft CMS enthusiast, working with Craft for 6+ yrs, PHP 12+ yrs, 50+ apps/sites completed, several plugins on Craft Store.

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?

Get in touch

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

Get in touch

  1. How long have you been using Craft CMS?

6 yrs

  1. How frequently do you use Craft CMS? As a developer, or in some other role?

Every day

  1. Are you also active on the Craft CMS Discord channel?

Yes

  1. What are the most important qualities of an answer on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange, and are those qualities consistent among other product-centric communities?

Provide class/doc reference, and examples whenever possible

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Keep forums organized and consistent with it's purpose (help devs)

  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?

Great

  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?

Just overall recognition, I feel Craft is what I'm in better position to help.

Shawna O'Neal (cherrykoda)

Agency Co-Founder, Craft CMS Partner, Craft CMS 8+ Years, Craft Commerce 3+ Years

I'm primarily a PHP developer who spends a lot of time on CMS configurations, custom integrations, performance, and usability. I've written many custom modules for both Craft CMS and Craft Commerce.

I do have JavaScript, CSS, etc. experience but am not a framework expert.

I've given a couple of DotAll conference talks, regarding web technology, accessibility, and Craft CMS best practices.

With all of this experience - I'm familiar with the Craft Docs, and have asked and answered my fair share of questions. I do mentor other craft developers, and collaborate with other developers. Personality wise, I have a strong sense of fairness and find communication solves most problems. I have no desire to micromanage, but simply allow for people to find answers easily and with a positive experience.

Craft Partnership Link: https://craftcms.com/partners/dodgycode

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 make an effort to de-escalate the situation by letting the post author know (in an aside) that they need to abide by the community guidelines. Usually this happens due to a misunderstanding and can be easily discussed and addressed. There's two sides to every conversation.

If it continues to be an issue I would edit the postings to contain the valuable information and omit the friction causing text, and formally warn the user.

Egregious violations - comments that clearly violate any guidelines, contain hateful or hurtful language, would need to be removed and reported.

I would ensure the proper and valuable information was added separately to still assist the question and community, but would not allow for harmful discourse to continue. Luckily this doesn't appear to happen in this 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 reach out to the mod to discuss why the question was updated the way it was. If we can not reach an agreement, I would expect mods to come together and discuss / decide as a group what should happen. I would expect some kind of simple voting mechanism for topics mods do not agree on. I am comfortable bending to a majority decision even when I disagree, I am willing to be wrong, and I also stand up and say something if a situation seems off. Communication clears up 90% of these events.

  1. How long have you been using Craft CMS?

I built my first Craft CMS website in 2015 and my first (live) Commerce site in 2020

4.How frequently do you use Craft CMS? As a developer, or in some other role?

I use Craft CMS and Commerce every day in my role as a developer with my web agency.

  1. Are you also active on the Craft CMS Discord channel?

Yes, you can find me as Cherrykoda in the discord. I've been more active there compared to Stack Exchange in the past

  1. What are the most important qualities of an answer on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange, and are those qualities consistent among other product-centric communities?

Answering the question with clear steps and/or examples is key. Linking to relevant documentation is also a huge help. Answers should work for the applicable scenario, and should not dismiss the asker's parameters or situation. Answers should ALWAYS be written legibly and respectfully toward others involved in the conversation.

Answers should not promote paid services / gated content to receive the answer. If an answer recommends a product it should explain how and why it is recommended for solving the problem (ex. A plug-in)

Frankly, I think this should be true of any Q&A forum.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Moderators help facilitate the flow of information and communication as smoothly as possible. Sometimes that means editing the format on a post, sometimes that means asking a member to post an example, and other times it means enforcing rules or asking a member to adjust their attitude in communicating

  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?

It has no impact on me. I hope to be as knowledgeable and approachable to the community as I'd expect someone to be in this role. I only post when I'm certain of an answer or feel it could be useful, so my old posts aren't a problem.

  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?

Honestly, I think this role will cause me to be more involved and more frequently contributing due to the obligations it comes with.

Brad Bell

I have extensive experience developing Craft and helping and supporting others using Craft.

Craft Stack Exchange is a valuable learning tool, and I would love to have the opportunity to continue contributing to it as an official 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?

I have dealt with this a few times, and so far, it’s primarily been a cultural difference in expectations. The times it has happened, I explained the issue (outside the context of SE moderation tools), and the results were very positive.

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

I’d open a discussion with the other mod to hear each other’s reasoning and proceed from there.

  1. How long have you been using Craft CMS?

It’s been a hot minute. Github shows my first commit as March 25, 2011, but there was some lost history early on.

  1. How frequently do you use Craft CMS? As a developer, or in some other role?

Nearly every day for the last ~13 years as a core developer. Occasionally build sites with it.

  1. Are you also active on the Craft CMS Discord channel?

Pretty active. Discord is showing ~1500 posts since we started using it.

  1. What are the most important qualities of an answer on the Craft CMS Stack Exchange, and are those qualities consistent among other product-centric communities?

A straightforward answer is as important as a clear question. The answer should reflect an understanding of the question and be concise and respectful. Sometimes it takes probing via comments to gain further knowledge before answering questions lacking critical context.

  1. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

Given enough time, entropy will destroy the universe, but I think the internet will get there first. Moderators are meant to slow down that process by keeping communities respectful and civil. Being a moderator is the civic duty of the internet.

  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?

Love diamonds.

  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?

It adds a bit more “authority” to decisions, which is good because the buck must eventually stop somewhere.

This election is over.