19

In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Software Engineering is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? I sense that this site has declined in activity, participation and interest since the community tightened its scope; though question quality has improved, the number of questions asked and answered here has diminished ...


17

Good timing! We actually just reviewed Programmers to see if we were going to spin off another election. While we agree that the current moderators are doing a great job, after looking at the growth of the site and how the workload is split across the current team, we scheduled an election for one more moderator. The nomination period starts on February 18,...


16

I'd like to thank everyone here for making this a community worth defending. I am honored to serve. Come At Me, Prog!


11

amon In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Software Engineering is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? The Software Engineering site has had a fairly tumultuous history. As the site scope has settled down (most recently clarified by renaming it to Software Engineering), two things stand out: Site activity is ...


10

Congratulations to Robert and Glen. I'd also like to give a fond farewell to yannis and World Engineer. You'll be missed, but hopefully you'll stick around and heckle from the sidelines!


8

Close votes are not public, at least not until they've actually resulted in a post being closed. However, reviews are public - and if a candidate participates in reviewing questions, the results can give you a much broader picture of how he'll likely behave as a moderator. Remember, the posts being reviewed aren't necessarily those that the candidates ...


7

Congratulations, you both deserve it! I hope this will be as fun for you as it has been for me.


6

In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Software Engineering is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it?


6

You can use as many or as few of your votes as you like. However, if there are three positions available or many more candidates than positions it makes sense to use all three votes. In this election there's only one position available and only three candidates so you could just use one vote for the candidate you want to get the job as it's quite likely (...


5

Jimmy Hoffa asked: In the event of disagreement with another moderator, would you commit to their practices regardless of your perspective; disregard their practices; or something else, if so what? Please be specific. World Engineer answered: I'm going to listen to what they have to say first. If it makes sense, I'll take that approach. If it doesn't, I ...


5

I'm a programmer but hardly visit Prog.SE because it has too many low-quality highly-voted questions and answers. What do you propose to do to improve the overall quality of the site?


4

I see that one candidate hardly ever downvotes, one candidate wants to close less, and one candidates cumulates the two. If you're so set against cleanup tasks which are part of a moderator's job, what makes you think you'll be a good moderator?


4

Although a user's Close/Reopen votes aren't displayed in Data.SE, the Post History record is public, and you can parse the line saying who closed the post to get a list of a user's closed posts. You can use this Data.SE query that Tim Stone shared to look at posts that a user has successfully closed. It should be noted that this does not include votes on ...


4

I've added an "up to" when there are more slots than candidates - will be there in the next build


4

In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? Taken from the optional questions of @GraceNote as I think it has merit enough to be asked anyway.


3

We all love charts, right? Here's a nice one comparing this election's participation with the two previous elections: ...and here's another comparing this election's participation with all other 2013 elections: ...and if you prefer numbers from pretty pictures, I got you covered. Just don't ask me to interpret any of this, mmmkay?


3

Grace Note asked: In your opinion, what do moderators do? World Engineer answered: Moderators serve as the caregivers and cultivators of the community. They carefully cultivate an environment where good questions can flourish whilst weeding out bad questions and other noise. They encourage new users. They listen and respond thoughtfully, respectfully, and ...


3

PearsonArtPhoto asked: What have you personally done already to help moderate this site? World Engineer answered: I've explained numerous times in comments to new users why their question is off-topic or otherwise has been given downvotes or comments they may not understand. I routinely go through the review queue and look at close votes and other such ...


3

Gilles asked: I see that one candidate hardly ever downvotes, one candidate wants to close less, and one candidate cumulates the two. If you're so set against cleanup tasks which are part of a moderator's job, what makes you think you'll be a good moderator? World Engineer answered: I may not downvote but I do leave comments on posts as to why they might ...


3

In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Software Engineering is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? We need to improve questions. To solve that problem is hard. Otherwise good questions can have fatal flaws that can be solved with easy edits. Answerers should feel freer to fix these issues. The Ask a Question page ...


2

PearsonArtPhoto asked: What would you do in the event of a conflict between a relatively new member and a higher reputation member? World Engineer answered: It's going to depend on the evidence. As a moderator I have to look at the facts and consider what is best for the community, regardless of the individuals involved. A new member may be confused about ...


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? Taken from the optional questions of @GraceNote as I think this is relevant due to using your current account and not "getting a new one".


1

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 ...


1

Grace Note asked: Is there anything in becoming a moderator that makes you uneasy or nervous? World Engineer answered: I will for better or worse, be in some sense, a face of the site. Everything I do will reflect on the site, good and bad. That's a great deal of responsibility. I think I'm ready but there's always that tiny doubt. Dynamic answered: ...


1

Grace Note asked: 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? World Engineer answered: I'd look at what exactly what causing these arguments and deal with it accordingly. I'd try to understand their point of view and empathize with their concerns ...


1

Jimmy Hoffa asked: Without being specific, do you presently disagree with any of the current moderators' practices? World Engineer answered: Some of the mods are less active perhaps than they could be. Yannis Rizos asked: Why is that a problem? World Engineer responded: I had to pick something. Jimmy Hoffa noted: I asked not to be specific, you ...


1

PearsonArtPhoto http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/fdc52692a8ac266cd1c897f75a0f75f8?s=16&d=identicon&r=PG PearsonArtPhoto asked: Two of you have expressed an interest in seeing fewer questions closed. Can you point to an example of a question you believe should not have been closed, and provide an explanation for why you think it should be re-opened? ...


1

Grace Note asked: What do you consider the most important job of a moderator? World Engineer answered: The most important job of a moderator is to serve the community. That doesn't mean being a pushover or a sycophant. It means carefully balancing the interests of everyone with the site. It means keeping things clean, it means listening carefully to ...


1

PearsonArtPhoto asked: If you had one minute to explain this site to someone, what would you say that it is? World Engineer answered: Programmers is site where you can ask questions about abstract programming related topics like what algorithm to use for this case or that. Is this class structure good and if not why not? It's a part of a much larger ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible