BSE-Community, it's introduction, welcome and history
I didn't initiate the site.
There's a record of the site's "definition phase" on SE's Area51 -- where people proposed and commented on what kind of questions the site might welcome -- I haven't read this and don't know it, it doesn't directly affect my decisions.
I don't know how (nor which) people communicated with each other about the site, before it existed.
You can also see some of the site's earliest meta-topics -- this is page 9 for example, see also page 8 etc.
Ven. Yuttadhammo is no longer an active user of the site, hardly ever posts posts now, perhaps he may read something sometimes but there's no reason to assume he will.
Robin111 wrote a Welcome to Buddhism.SE! (I see that she too hasn't visited the site recently).
Feel free to give a short hello or extended introduction to your person, your wishes your aims
I'm not eager to post "my" personal history, unless sometimes a little bit of it seems relevant for helping to answering a question. They say that a "good" answer is based on something ...
- Something that happened to you personally
- Something you can back up with a reference
I even find inoccuous questions like "How are you?" confusing, sometimes impossible to answer in writing! (in person or by phone is different case)
I'm about 12 years older than you are, as far as I know -- in case that helps anything.
The up-to-date list of moderators is here: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators
I accepted nomination as a moderator -- because a site cannot exist without moderation, and I'm grateful that the site exists and that people remain willing to use it
I don't enjoy acting as moderator much -- the arising of a need to moderate is dukkha, isn't that so? -- I'm glad the site exists though, and I hope I'm properly grateful to people who try to answer questions.
I think we're fortunate that a very large majority of users are moderate and polite already, and don't need to "be moderated".
The site has been active for about 5 years now, and people rarely post or vote on Meta now.1
I think that SE's principal rules are:
- It's a question-and-answer site, not a discussion forum
- Be nice, be welcoming, and focus on the content not the user
This site is unusually permissive about what questions are asked -- Moderation policies for Questions -- the following are both allowed:
- Questions about Buddhist doctrine which may not relate to any immediate practical problem
- Questions about about immediate or personal practical problem for which the OP wants some answer from Buddhist doctrine
I also compiled a while ago a FAQ index (summary of site policies) which is a summary of several policies which "the community" discussed and voted when Meta was more active.
If you can agree to those policies when you use the site -- and avoid directly criticising other users, though your answers may sometimes contradict theirs or offer an alternate view -- perhaps that's good for everyone.
1 The "Views" (e.g. "20 views" for this question at the time of writing) suggest people visit and read without posting: but perhaps that's an over-estimate and it's fewer users reading the same post more than once, though with a delay like more than 15 minutes between views.