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Sycorax I'm nominating myself for a moderator position mostly because I want the election itself to succeed. (To wit, if there are not enough participants in the election, then the whole election fails.) The stats.SE moderators themselves requested this election; it seems they would like some help in keeping up with the responsibilities of running the site. ...


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Gung (my nomination post) Several tag-related tasks require moderator attention. How well do you feel our community deals with them presently? Would you be able & willing to improve the situation (if it is needed)? How? Related links regarding tag burnination 1 2, tag synonym implementation 1, and tag synonym merging 1 In my opinion, tags are ...


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Kjetil b halvorsen In your opinion, what do moderators do? Helping the site function better ... resolving disputes, being an example 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'm not sure I ...


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@amoeba (my nomination post) Disclaimer: please do read my nomination post linked above; I am not a perfect candidate and I list some important reservations there. Several tag-related tasks require moderator attention. How well do you feel our community deals with them presently? Would you be able & willing to improve the situation (if it is ...


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As stated in my nomination remarks, my ultimate goal as a moderator would be to be as invisible as possible. I want to help provide the atmosphere that allows the community to set the course for our site; my objective would be to be available to step in to aid where necessary, but otherwise to get out of the way and let the site develop as the community ...


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Tim (my nomination post) Several tag-related tasks require moderator attention. How well do you feel our community deals with them presently? Would you be able & willing to improve the situation (if it is needed)? How? Related links regarding tag burnination 1 2, tag synonym implementation 1, and tag synonym merging 1 I agree, that they require....


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Several tag-related tasks require moderator attention. How well do you feel our community deals with them presently? Would you be able & willing to improve the situation (if it is needed)? How? Tag burnination. Mods can ask SE admins to delete (aka burninate) a tag. We have a list of tags that should be deleted: Tag-candidates for removal, but no action ...


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Glen_b's answers [I copied and started working on the questions before Alecos' and Nick's edits above. I'm not going back to change it now. It shouldn't make any substantive difference.] Before starting I apologize for the length of this post -- there were many questions, some quite searching. I suggest you look for the questions you're most interested in ...


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An historical record of all elections to date is maintained at https://stats.stackexchange.com/election. There you can find summaries and links to the original election pages (which provide details right down to the voting records). The Sheriff Badge is awarded to anyone who has served as an elected moderator for at least a year. By linking to the list of ...


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What do you see as the biggest problem facing our site and what would you do to help address it?


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Do you have a vision for the future of the site that is different from how it is now? In other words, do you hope to move the site in a new direction in any respect? If so, what, and how would that be an improvement?


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The multiple objectives of any SE site create an inherent tension, forcing us to make decisions that trade off between Being accommodating to people (especially new visitors) who just want a question answered (quickly), Creating high-quality, canonical answers to clear objective questions, Establishing a well-functioning set of semantic links to make it ...


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What other sites on SE system are you active on, if any? Compared to these sites, how would you characterize the atmosphere and style on CV, if it is any different? How are you going to handle questions and topics that are borderline between CV and these complementary areas of expertise?


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1) What other sites on SE system are you active on, if any? Compared to these sites, how would you characterize the atmosphere and style on CV, if it is any different? How are you going to handle questions and topics that are borderline between CV and these complementary areas of expertise? I'm not very active on any other SE sites. I look things up on ...


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Do you have any Meta posts that you're particularly proud of, or that you feel best demonstrate your moderation style? (Taken from the SO election Q&A thread, which Firebug very helpfully linked to.)


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In your opinion, is there a serious threat/challenge that Cross Validated currently faces? If yes what is it? Do you believe that as a moderator you could contribute more towards dealing with it, and if yes, how?


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Thanks to all who voted for me. I am honored.


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How would you moderate situations where you find yourself disagreeing with official SE policy about something?


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One of the issues which crops up frequently on this site is the dividing line between a statistical question and a computing question. At the moment custom and practice is that requests for code or package suggestions are seen as off-topic. Do you think we have the boundary in the right place? If you do not what is your suggestion for the new boundary?


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Yes, your votes will still be used. You may cast just one or just two out of the three you are allowed. I base this conclusion on having analyzed (in detail) the results of some other elections. A close look at some of those data summaries and visualizations will show that some voters cast incomplete ballots but their votes contributed to the results.


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If you are elected moderator, what (specific, concrete!) changes would you like to see made to the way the site is currently administered and moderated? How do you view your role in effecting the proposed changes?


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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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What is your take on the "software questions on CV" that come up very frequently and where do you draw the line and decide it should be migrated to SO or simply closed? Based on the review queue, it seems there is a lot of heterogeneity among the high-rep users in terms of what constitutes "off-topic" in this context and, with moderators having the ability ...


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Q1 Handling software questions I've expressed my particular views recently on Meta and encapsulated them in some proposed changes to the Help Centre text on what in on topic for CV. In summary (those threads are long) if a question is obviously simply about the use of a particular application of piece of software then it is off topic. Questions that enquire ...


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I consulted with mods on other SE sites and they showed me where the information is. You can get to it by selecting the "Election" tab buried near the bottom of the first screen of our election page. After doing so, the contents of the box at the right will be updated to explain the voting requirements and procedure. Here is a direct link.


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If I recall correctly, in the last two elections some nominations came in the last couple of days of the nomination period; that may be the case again. At most two moderators will be elected this election -- we only requested two slots even though I said on chat the other day that I felt we could use three (for reasons that may be becoming clear now).


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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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In the end it does not matter how many people ran for these positions: two extremely well qualified and respected people won. I am glad to welcome them to the moderator pool. I trust that in future elections we will be equally well served by community volunteers coming forward in this manner.


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What are your opinions about casting the deciding "moderator" vote on closing/opening questions? For example, if five non-moderator users have closed a question that you think should be left open, would you consider unilaterally re-opening it? Similarly, if a majority of reviewers have recommended that a question be left open (say 1 close vote and 3 "stay ...


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Yes. You can even practice now on the results of our first election held in 2011: find them at https://stats.stackexchange.com/election/1. (For some inspiration, check out what another site has done with their election results.) As an example, here is R code to read and process an election file from a sister site's election (GIS in 2013). (I chose this ...


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