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I'm throwing my straw fedora in the ring. profile for Yannis Rizos on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/35162.png I've been moderating Programmers, a graduate Stack Exchange site, for about 10 months now, and I'm quite familiar with the tools and should I be appointed, I'd be ready ...


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I think the Islam scuffle is a pretty good illustration of why this is a bad idea. To be fair, I'm quite happy with the moderators there so far - but because they got stuck right away with the label of "Sunni Mods", they've had to put up with a lot more drama than they really should have... There are far more potential political affiliations than there are ...


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It is important to close questions quickly, because otherwise they attract the kind of answers we don't want to have on this website. Why it was the right decision to to close this question quickly can be seen in the duplicate of the question the author created a while later. It quickly received two answers which were merely short, personal opinions not ...


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profile for Affable Geek on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/45534.png Christianity.SE and Politics.SE are both topics that devolve very quickly into "He said / She Said" chauvinistic mudfights. That said, at least on C.SE, I've shown that one can have an opinion, but still discuss it ...


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When you contribute to Stackexchange, the content you post isn't only your content anymore. It becomes the content of the whole stackexchange community. Our goal is to collect good questions and answers. So I am really reluctant to delete a question when the question is on-topic has received a good answer Doing so would destroy useful content. It would ...


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Images can be a powerful tool to make an answer more useful. A good picture can say more than a thousand words. But only if used correctly. Images which don't add useful information can be extremely distracting due to their eye-catching nature. So please don't add pictures to your questions and answers when they don't add any useful information.


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Any question that is downvoted to -4 or worse is automatically hidden from the front page, with the assumption being that the question is low-quality and therefore should be hidden. This is an automated process and not something the moderators have any control over. I'm not going to go into why you may have been downvoted - having read through your ...


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So, the reason the post was locked was given in a comment ("vandalistic editing"), and the edit in question was revision 7 (I'm not going to link to it because you didn't link to it and I'll respect that). The lock seems justified to me. You had written a post that asked a certain question, and the answerer put time and effort into providing you with an ...


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I deleted both of your comments, you and another user were engaging in a conversation that I felt was taking a non constructive turn. Others felt the same way, some of the comments were flagged as "rude/offensive". I'm not so sure why you think favouritism was at play here, I've also deleted a couple of comments by the other user. In fact the only reason I ...


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Comments aren't meant to contain primary content on stackexchange. They're intended to be used to improve the answers themselves. politics.SE seems to me to have a lot more discussion/answering/arguing/etc.. in comments than other SE sites. It was hard for me to wrap my head around too, but this site isn't for the person asking questions, answering them, ...


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Discussing politics is already hard enough without adding juvenile attempts at humour to the mix. The image added nothing of value to your answer. If anything, it was an unnecessary distraction to an otherwise good answer. I would have also removed it.


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Yes, on Stack Exchange, we hate fun. It's been this way since the early days.


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I have to add to the sentiment that legitimate questions are routinely being shut down too quickly on marginal grounds. The "opinion-based" ground, in particular, is being used far too loosely. In some sense every interesting question about politics has an opinion component. But, that doesn't mean that someone can't have an intelligent, well researched ...


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This is an interesting question! I believe we have to be a little sensitive around this issue, as some may consider their political leaning or affiliation rather private. It could be argued that someone's political beliefs are as private as their religious beliefs, and I would not want to require anyone to disclose those (though personally I am happy to ...


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My platform for this site would be to help the community graduate by being respectful, knowledgeable, interesting and fun. There are already many great contributors here, and I would simply love to have the opportunity to help this site! (source: stackexchange.com) I really, really like politics, but I don't have any affiliation. I am not right leaning ...


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From the comment above: A few days ago Robert mentioned that the community team is still considering candidates. – Yannis Rizos 2 hours ago That's basically it. Candidates are still in the channel and we expect to complete that process shortly.


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I would say that moderators should be able to show their edit history, and convince anyone that they are indeed impartial. To put it pithily (I hope): To be a good moderator, you have to show people who are clear partisans your edits (blind, without knowing the candidate) and those people should NOT be able to tell your political leanings from edits alone. ...


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I think this is not necessary. Already after a few days, I am able to guess for several active people where political preferences lie. What actually counts are, as Graham says, actions. Now up- and downvotes are anonymous, but close votes are not. What the electorate can do instead is to closely scrutinise comments and close-votes made by candidate-...


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