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I've been intensively visiting and contributing to this community in the last days/weeks. However, there are periods where I'm not able to visit this community as often as I've been recently, but, in general, I think I'm quite active here.

I have the impression that the moderators of this community have not been very active, which is understandable in that time and attention can wax and wane.

However, I believe that moderators should also be the people that more frequently visit and contribute to the website. Therefore, I think that we should hold new moderator elections.

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    $\begingroup$ Informally, I can tell you that Ben N does a lot of work behind scenes. (He appears less active than myself because I'm a fairly rare example of a tech extrovert, but we'd surely have crashed and burned by now without his dedication and involvement.) $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou What work are you talking about? Anyway, he's not asked or answer to a question in more than one year. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 14 at 19:25
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    $\begingroup$ Re: BenN, behind-the-scenes stuff, as opposed to my much more public-facing involvement. JT seems to have much more limited time b/c he's engaged in serious AI research, but he's considered an asset to the Stack for this reason (although Dennis would be an excellent replacement per his credentials if JT ever had to step down due to lack of availability.) $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ I'll also note that BenN took up the mantle when the Stack was transitioning from the original moderators, and provided consistency and continuity when JT and I were tapped. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou But what he did in the past is not what he's doing now. I'm just saying that I think the moderators should be the people quite active on the website. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 14 at 19:36
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    $\begingroup$ It's a good point, and I've actually suggested expanding the mod pool, but my sense is that the organization overall tends to avoid disruption as much as possible for sites still in Beta. One positive is that, although SE:AI is a hard stack to get rep on, Dennis and Neil have various mod privileges per their rep. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 19:40
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou I thought this site was no more in beta. Anyway, I think that, even though this community is still small, we should let the community choose the moderators. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 14 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ It would be good to have mod elections. $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 14 at 20:44
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    $\begingroup$ @nbro BenN is the most veteran mod. He has been through multiple iterations of this site. It is definitely not recommended to remove him (mods generally don't answer questions in the stack they are mods of). DZ has been doing a good job. Also did you ask the aforementioned people whether they actually want to moderate? Because Neil has the highest rep in DS.SE yet he's not the mod there. This is my 2 cents. (I think in the past it has happened that some users wanted to become mod, but when they were not elected they chose not to visit the stack anymore because they felt themselves deserving). $\endgroup$ – DuttaA Feb 15 at 4:05
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    $\begingroup$ You might be interested in reading this answer by SE's employee and this answer by a mod about the need of more moderator on beta sites. Note that the need is usually based on if the current moderators cannot handle the moderation of the site... not if mods are not asking/answering questions (it's not the job description of a moderator) $\endgroup$ – Andrew T. Feb 15 at 4:42
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    $\begingroup$ @DuttaA I would say that also because he is the most veteran mod he should abdicate his mod privileges and concede them to a new user, as in a real democracy where everyone has the opportunity. He's not contributed to answering or asking question (in more than 1 year)!!! $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 15 at 8:10
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    $\begingroup$ My recommendation is to reword this to be about holding elections, without the criticism of current mods, or posting a new meta just about elections. (My sense is the lack of upvotes might come from the personal critiques--although I've raised the question of election with the Powers that Be, here I couldn't upvote per the personal nature of this meta.) $\endgroup$ – DukeZhou Feb 15 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou I followed your suggestion and changed my question. My criticism were meant to be constructive, anyway. $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 15 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ @nbro - there is not actually any need for a mod to be one of the highest contributors to a site in respect of questions or answers. They are actually not in the role description at all. Many mods are active on their sites, but by no means all. I post almost nothing on one of the sites I moderate. We are however measured on our mod activity - which the other site mods and SE staff can see, so if someone is not pulling their weight we do know. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Feb 16 at 10:46
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    $\begingroup$ Interestingly, Stack Exchange is experimenting with beta pro tempore elections. (Despite the design, I'm pretty sure we're still in beta because of the privilege thresholds.) By the time SE gets around to asking about an election for us, we'll probably have a sufficiently large voter base to accommodate it! Regarding mods' activity, different mods handle different things, not all of which are publicly visible. Looking at the mod history page, I don't see a correlation between Q&A activity and flag handling activity. $\endgroup$ – Ben N Feb 16 at 19:31
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Perhaps it's time for explaining the secrets how to become moderator and supervisor of SE.AI. In contrast to a common misconception a moderator is not somebody who is hidden in the forum and protected by his subordinates, but the supervisor of a forum is the asker. That means, if somebody has pressed the “ask a question” button and posted his question about reinforcement learning, neural networks, robotics or something else, then he has influenced the direction of SE.AI. He has forced the forum to do something, to analyze his question and to find an answer.

According to the statistics page, the user nbro is already a moderator. He has posted 7 questions about markov decision process and other AI topics. This has forced the SE.AI forum very often to think about it and post an answer. It is a good starting point and i hope he will do so quite often in the future. This will bring the website into the right direction. Many other users have done so in the past too. Every user who is using the “Ask a question” button has pressed in reality the “I'm boss” button. If the question make sense and if it's written well, the entire forum will read it, discuss the issue.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think that's how it really works on here... you might be interested in knowing what moderators are in SE context $\endgroup$ – Andrew T. Feb 18 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ Do you really think, that a normal asker isn't allowed to lock posts, see more information in the system, and delete other users? To preventing that a technical infrastructure would be needed and a strict boundary between inside and outside which i can't see in SE.AI. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Feb 18 at 17:45

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