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As we have set up communities here on the Codidact network we've been appointing temporary moderators. Usually some people stand out from the proposal process and early activity. Ultimately, of course, we want each community to choose its own moderators; we've been doing this as a stopgap, while communities are forming, so Codidact staff don't have to handle all the flags (some of which we might not understand because y'all are the experts, not us).

The Software Development community is also still forming, but it came about through a different path, through lots of discussions. It didn't have one or two main champions; it was more distributed. And there's been lots of good early activity from several people. So we'd like to ask you who the initial moderators should be.

This community is still small, so we encourage y'all to think of this as temporary -- plan to do something more formal and permanent later, but in the meantime, we need a couple of people who are able to lead this community's early efforts at shaping this community.

What do moderators do? Aside from the community-leadership aspect already mentioned, on Codidact they:

  • handle flags (soon you'll be able to get some help with that, when abilities roll out, but mostly it'll be mods for a while

  • have all the tools -- close/reopen, delete/undelete, locks, user warnings/suspensions when needed (rare we hope), create help topics, and more

  • act as representatives of the community when requesting features from the Codidact team. There are some things, like creating new categories or changing configurable site settings, that require admin access. Mods are the people we want those requests to come from. (If it's something big, we'll ask you to show us community consensus, for example a well-received meta post.)

Moderators do not have access to users' PII. (I don't even have access to users' PII. We try to keep that locked down for everyone's safety.)

Please use answers here for nominations. You can nominate yourself or others -- one candidate per post. If someone nominates you, please edit or comment to indicate whether you'd accept the nomination, and feel free to add anything else about you that the community should know. We'd like to have at least two moderators; a moderator should always have a peer to check with on tricky matters or to defer to where there's conflict of interest.


Update: We have appointed two moderators, Alexei and ShowMeBillyJo. This addresses the immediate need; we can add another if the community wants, but we can also wait. These are temporary appointments, until the community is larger and more established. Ultimately we want communities to choose their own moderators.

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The complete lack of response might indicate that it's a good idea to assign (temporary) moderators and coming up with a site scope before launching a new community. Seems we have neither. What should the moderators do other than enforcing CoC? This site has been floating around here for many months now, but we still have no clue for what's on-topic/off-topic. It can't be the moderators' responsibility to come up with that - it should be done by the community before site launch. ‭Lundin‭ 15 days ago

Scope is of course subject to change as the site matures, but there needs to be some foundation upon site launch. Instead of "lets release a random programming site and see what happens". As it stands, everyone seems to have some vague, personal opinion of what the site is about. ‭Lundin‭ 15 days ago

I made some attempts to gather consensus about this once the site was launched, but there was neither consensus nor enough interest. And if there isn't even enough interest to come up with a site scope, well then perhaps there wasn't enough interest to launch the site-about-something to begin with. There must be a core of dedicated users to push through scope, rules, site usage policies etc. ‭Lundin‭ 15 days ago

I think the body of questions that's developing, including which ones get closed, will help inform scope. ‭Monica Cellio‭ 15 days ago

I don't know if I'm quite agreeing with Lundin—I think it's perfectly legitimate to start holding meetings of the Whale Watching Club before there is a written charter detailing what will take place in meetings of the Whale Watching Club—but I do think that answering every meta question with ‘whatever the community wants’ presents challenges specifically for community formation, and this is a manifestation of that. Abstractions can generate interest, but you need specifics to get commitment. ‭r~~‭ 15 days ago

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I nominate Alexei, who has a body of well-received posts on Q&A and meta, both asking and answering, and seems interested in helping to organize and expand this fledgling community.

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Yes, I have seen this post, but I was not sure what to do. Indeed I would like to see this community grow, so I will take the bait :) ‭Alexei‭ 14 days ago

While I a am little bit familiar with Stack Overflow moderation (I have seen their queues and explanations provided by moderators), it would be very useful if you could provide a some references related to what moderation actually means, some guidelines to help the newbies to moderation. Thanks. ‭Alexei‭ 14 days ago

@Alexei in terms of the broad task, it's what I said in the question. In terms of details like using the tools and guidelines for when to use them, we have help for that. Plus a team of people who are available for questions as needed. We're not going to strand you. :-) (Could you get in touch with us so we can discuss logistics? [email protected] or ping any of us on Discord.) ‭Monica Cellio‭ 13 days ago

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I'll throw my hat in. I don't post much, but I do keep up with the site every day. I try to model a style of leadership that emphasizes consensus building, compromise, and "the third way." That's how I'd approach moderation here too.

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Hi! When you get a chance, could you send email to [email protected] so we can discuss? Thanks. (Someday we will get "contact user without prejudice, i.e. not down the warning path" implemented in the UI, but that day is not today...) ‭Monica Cellio‭ 12 days ago

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I nominate Lundin, who is very active on main and meta, has proposed some initiatives on meta, and is well-positioned to help us firm up sometimes-fuzzy scope and help this young community grow.

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I'm flattered, thank you, but not interested in a moderator position. ‭Lundin‭ 14 days ago

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