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As you guys know, the Moderators are usually chosen at the end of the Private beta period. Seeing that we have minimum 5 days left, I think it is the perfect time to outline what we would like to see in a moderator. A moderator needs to be someone who not only knows arduino inside and out, but also can suggest creative criticism, and who is always can have a positive attitude.

But that isn't everything that would make the perfect moderator. I am wondering what qualities make the perfect moderator, be sure to include how important these attributes are!

For example: Knows Arduino inside and out - Necessary

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    Temporary moderators are appointed at the end of the Private Beta. These aren't permanent. Anyway--I feel it's a little early for this question... it will be fairly obvious who is (and isn't) taking an active interest in the community (asking/answering questions), as well as its governance (meta participation). Furthermore, moderators are, in general, supposed to be "invisible"--the community is supposed to decide what is on/off topic, the mods are there simply to make sure no one is being rude/inappropriate/getting out of hand. – apnorton Feb 13 '14 at 16:37
  • @anorton I would argue that the diamond should be invisible, not necessarily the user who holds it. Also, in the initial stages, moderators have to be heavily involved as there are not enough users at the needed reputation levels to carry out all the moderation activities needed. – asheeshr Feb 13 '14 at 17:21
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    @AsheeshR eh... maybe "invisible" didn't convey the term I meant. My point is that Moderators shouldn't take on a "one man army" approach to keeping the site in check--they need to ensure that they are acting as representatives of the community, rather than a ruling class. But, that's material for a different thread, methinks. – apnorton Feb 13 '14 at 19:02
  • Thanks for all the feedback – JVarhol Feb 13 '14 at 20:55
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Actually, knowing Arduino too well is far from necessary. They should be knowledgeable, yes, but anything more is just a bonus for the community and their efforts should be focussed as such ;-)

What is needed in a community moderator is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as have the patience to handle all types of members of the community respectfully. Also, to function impartially even when faced with difficult situations such as that may happen involving respected members, arguments, flame wars, etc.

Community moderators aren't referred to as janitors for nothing. There is a fair bit of work to be done behind the scenes, a lot of which may be fairly involved and taxing. The only reward for this effort is seeing the site grow and move towards graduation (which can be rather satisfying :) )

The only thing necessary is that the individual should be active and involved in the community through content generation, meta participation, chat availability, editing, reviewing and voting (close/reopen). Also, in general the individual should be helpful and guide new members of the community wherever needed.

Evangelising the community and being a good representative of Arduino.SE wherever the situation may so demand would be great too!


TL;DR Moderators should know Arduino.SE and we should know them; nothing else is needed.

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    +1 you do look like a good candidate to me. – Ricardo Feb 15 '14 at 14:26

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