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Who should the temporary moderators be?

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As we have set up communities here on the Codidact network we've been appointing temporary moderators. 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).

Mithrandir24601 has been serving as a moderator here from the beginning, as a Codidact staff member who's also fluent in this topic area. We prefer that each community have at least two moderators, and especially since we picked the first one, we'd like your input for a second (or even a third): who should the initial moderators be?

I say "initial" -- the community should plan to do something more formal and permanent later, when it's larger, but in the meantime, we need a couple of people who are able to lead this community's early activity and take care of housekeeping.

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

  • handle flags

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

  • create and edit help topics, so you have a place to put policies, guidance, etc

  • 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.

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We need marketing more than moderators

There is so little activity here, even one person can easily handle the rare moderation tasks. If you just need to put a name in a slot, then I'm willing to do it, but I'm probably not the best person for the job.

The real point is that you need to promote this site out there. There seem to be enough people here that are willing and able to answer questions, but there are basically no questions. This is actually true of most of the Codidact sites, but this one is even less active than the average. I don't know how much longer the experts are going to check in here when there is nothing new to see for days or weeks.

Promoting the site needs to be done by people engaged in physics out there, which is not me. Those in regular contact with physics undergrads would be most appropriate. If you can find such people, it would be a good idea to make them mods too. That way they can help steer the site from both ends.

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Is it the correct time to have a moderator?

It's already a year we have the Physics community. But it's really inactive. There's only 42 question in Q&A which proves that we still don't have lots of member to build the community yet. So it's not the better time to have a mod either.

Mithrandir was a mod and staff from the beginning but we need another mod, I agree with it. Cause as we know, some of our staffs have knowledge of programming (some of them are mod also) so they could do moderating in Software CD but we invited new mod cause staff aren't always free to give time to moderate that's the main reason of having mod since they are willingly want to invest their time with keeping a community need and clean.

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