One of the seven beta questions is deciding who the moderators should be
starting about seven days into the public Beta
I figure a couple days into public beta is about the right time for us to start discussing it, so I'll post the standard nomination question
I plagiarized this almost verbatim from Robert's post on another SE meta, since it seems to be the most complete of all the ones I looked at and I don't think he'll mind. I did change references to "we" to "the SE team" to try and avoid confusion
Here are some basic guidelines:
- Use this thread. Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's profile so we can see their activity.
- The nominee should indicate their acceptance by commenting on (or indeed editing) the answer.
- Self nominations are okay.
- Vote on users you feel will make good Moderator candidates. Please be civil and respectful.
We are looking for members who are deeply engaged in the community development; members who:
- Are currently a registered user in good standing.
- Have a reasonably high reputation score to indicate active, consistent participation.
- Exhibit patience and fairness at all times in their questions, answers, and comments.
- Lead by example, showing respect for their fellow community members in everything they write.
- Want the responsibility. Moderators volunteer a lot of time and work. Its can be hugely rewarding experience but it isn't always a popularity contest.
Bonus points for:
- Being the site proposer or heavily involved in the proposal process.
- Members who referred a lot of followers/committers on Area 51.
- Members with participation in both meta and the parent site (i.e. interest in both community building and expertise in the field).
These users will be contacted and three of them will be selected to act as Moderators until the formal elections.
- Have access to the tools to perform the duties of Moderation
- Have access to a special chat room where they will collectively work through the challenges of moderation and community self-policing with the Stack Exchange team
- Drive the process of selecting the site's attributes (domain names, design issues, the FAQ, etc.)
- Help get publicity for their sites and organize their communities
Basically, they will have the ear of the Stack Exchange team for anything they can do to help this site succeed. They will act as a liaison — a job that "links" Stack Overflow with this community.
Moderators solve a basic scalability problem. The SE team can't be in each site, identifying the issues and helping each community grow. That's where Moderators come in; they make sure communities are enabled to solve these problems where they can and elicit help when necessary.