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Thanks a lot to Shog9 and Robusto-san, and many of my Senpais and friends who voted for me on this election. To be honest, I didn’t fancy I can win. However, my motivation for candidacy this time was to encourage non-native English speaking users in this site and many of English enthusiast friends around me by challenging this unique opportunity, and by ...


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Welcome to our new moderators! Farewell to simchona and thank you for your service! And finally, a big thank you to all the candidates. It is a scary thing to put yourself out there like that and you did it! We had a lot of good choices this election and I hope you will consider running again in a future election.


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A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close; some of these participants have argued in favor of instituting reforms designed to make closing questions easier. But other site participants feel that some questions that might elicit interesting answers are ...


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A perennial issue at EL&U is whether the site is unfriendly toward low-rep users and especially newcomers. Do you view clubbishness or hostility/rudeness toward recent arrivals at EL&U as a continuing problem? What can moderators do to help inexperienced users feel more comfortable and welcome here?


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I'd be interested to hear how candidates feel about the existence of English Language Learners, and whether/how they intend to preserve/promote the distinct identities of the two sites.


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tchrist A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close; some of these participants have argued in favor of instituting reforms designed to make closing questions easier. But other site participants feel that some questions that might elicit ...


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As a moderator, I often have to judge the difference between a short answer and a low quality answer. What do you believe are the criteria for a short answer to be acceptable?


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A new user to the Stack Exchange (member of ELU for 2 days, rep of 1, not a member of any other SE site) posts a rather basic question on ELU. Based on how the question is worded, it seems evident that this question is coming from a non-native speaker. Chances are, this user has not read this meta post, and is probably not even aware of the existence of ...


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There is a fairly substantial division in the ELU community over what we should do with medium-to-low quality questions. One group says that any question which can be understood can and should be answered. Another group says that it is better for the long term health of the site and its community for unresearched questions to be closed and not answered. (...


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Sumelic here. A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close; some of these participants have argued in favor of instituting reforms designed to make closing questions easier. But other site participants feel that some questions that might elicit ...


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We have this question come up from time to time. Moderators are sometimes inactive for extended periods of time. We have a mechanism of recording a 'leave of absence', which is helpful for marking vacations as well as longer holidays. We have one mod in particular who took almost a year off to focus on his studies. We manage leaves of absence pretty well ...


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One of the things that seems to divide this community are (usually partial) answers posted as comments. Some are annoyed by it, others post them on a regular basis. As a moderator you will be responsible for handling comment flags – how will you approach this issue?


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Congrats to all y'all! . . . . . .


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A lot of single-word-requests questions get asked. Many users find that these undermine the quality of the site. What is your stance on single word requests?


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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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I don't see the point of this. This primary is only going to eliminate one candidate, so your proposal could only frustrate the ambitions of a single person. Your post uses wording that suggests that you think more than one candidate has been engaging in shady business. So even if I agreed with everything that you're saying (which I don't) I wouldn't see ...


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Do you believe EL&U is sufficiently welcoming and friendly to new users? If not, what do you think should be done to change that?


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Although your proposed solution is quite clear, I don't understand the problem you are trying to solve. You seem to be making certain assumptions for which I do not intuitively see any arguments, like: the unseemly and counter-productive ambitions of the candidates who have spent years cultivating troops of followers in the [...] chatrooms, Being ...


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How can we distinguish native from non-native participants? Should we? The reason it's important is that non-natives need facts; native speakers can tell whether something sounds good or not. And native speakers are largely ignorant of the facts about their language -- because where are they going to learn them? not in grammar school, that's for sure -- and ...


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How do you resolve differences of opinion between yourself and the general community? For example, if you have strong opinions about what questions should remain open or closed but there is a significant portion of the community that disagrees, what would you do about it? Would you ever override the community opinion and act as you think is best? Would you ...


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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's your stand on obvious, often unsubstantiated, but correct and helpful answers to trivial questions? It's an easy reputation grab that encourages more such questions which are not wanted on ELU. Welcome introduction to answering that encourages both the one who asked and the one who answered to come back. Something else entirely I am referring to ...


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- by Lawrence Summary: State of question closure? It's fine. We should encourage clarity in questions. How to welcome newcomers? Shut down ad hominem attacks, provide friendly help with site norms, and invite them to chat. What makes a short answer acceptable? Usefulness and support. Policy regarding poorly-worded, basic questions? If there is a point of ...


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choster A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close…. But other site participants feel that some questions that might elicit interesting answers are closed too quickly and for reasons not especially relevant to their value as questions…. What is your view ...


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What is the most convincing reason we shouldn't make you a moderator?


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(This question was copied from John Lawler's post in order to split the questions up.) How much of "English Language and Usage" is, or should be, opinions? Whose opinions?


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Will you be available in chat for questions related to the site? What topics are you willing or not willing to discuss?


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Let me congratulate you guys. We had so many good candidates and, not surprisingly, you made it in what was a keen competition. You're both great contributors and have been around long enough for us to feel sure that your attitudes as moderators will always be tempered with reason and tolerance. Good luck.


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